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Top 15 Vegetables Highest in Sugar

Written by Daisy Whitbread, MScN
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Top 15 Vegetables Highest in Sugar

Of all food groups, vegetables are typically low in sugar, while being a great source of healthy vitamins and minerals. Despite this fact, you may want to be aware of how much sugar certain vegetables contain.

In this article, both grams and teaspoons of sugar are listed for each vegetable. One packed teaspoon of sugar is equal to 4 grams.

Vegetables high in sugar include sweet potatoes, beets, onions, green peas, sweet corn, peas, canned pumpkin, winter squash, rutabagas, carrots, and tomatoes. They range from providing 3.5g to 14g (1 to 3.5 teaspoons) of sugar per cup.

For more high sugar vegetables, see the nutrient ranking of 200 vegetables high in sugar.


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List of Vegetables High in Sugar

1 Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
While sweet potatoes have more sugar, regular potatoes typically have more carbs. In terms of regulating blood sugar, sweet potatoes are preferred over regular potatoes (Russet, White, Red, etc..)
2 Beets
Red beetroot
3 Onions
Onions
4 Green Peas
Green Peas
5 Sweet Corn
Yellow Sweet Corn
6 Canned Pumpkin
Pumpkins
7 Winter Squash
Butternut Squash
8 Rutabagas (Swedes, Neeps)
Rutabagas
9 Carrots
Carrots
10 Tomato
Tomatoes
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11 Red Bell Peppers
Sweet Bell Peppers
12 Shiitake Mushrooms
Shiitake Mushrooms
13 Turnips
Turnips
14 Summer Squash
Yellow Summer Squash
15 Red Cabbage
Half a Red Cabbage

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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.
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