The Top 15 Vegetables Lowest in Sugar

The Top 15 Vegetables Lowest in Sugar

Vegetables are high in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. Even with conflicting nutritional advice, all nutritionists can agree that you should eat more vegetables.

While typically low in sugar, some vegetables have more sugar than others. The list below is for vegetables with the least sugar. The sugars in this article are listed in both grams and teaspoons (tsp). One packed teaspoon of sugar weighs 4 grams.

Low sugar vegetables include white button mushrooms, watercress, spinach, lettuce, beet greens, kale, sprouts, celery, and broccoli. They range in having 0 - 2.3 grams of sugar per serving. That is around half a teaspoon at most.

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


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List of Low Sugar Vegetables

Mushrooms 1 Mushrooms (Button)
  • 0g (0 tsp) sugar 1 cup cooked
  • Up to 0% sugar
  • Calories: 28 | Weight: 108g (3.8oz)
Watercress 2 Watercress
  • 0.1g (0 tsp) sugar per cup
  • Up to 0.2% sugar
  • Calories: 4 | Weight: 34g (1.2oz)
Spinach 3 Spinach
  • 0.1g (0 tsp) sugar per cup (fresh)
  • Up to 0.4% sugar
  • Calories: 7 | Weight: 30g (1.1oz)
Red Leaf Lettuce 4 Red Leaf Lettuce
  • 0.1g (0 tsp) sugar per cup shredded
  • Up to 0.5% sugar
  • Calories: 4 | Weight: 28g (1oz)

More Lettuce Low in Sugar (grams per cup)

Green Leaf Lettuce (0.3g), Butterhead (0.5g), Romain (0.6g), and Iceberg (1.4g).

Nutrition Facts for Red Leaf Lettuce.
Beet Greens 5 Beet Greens
  • 0.2g (0 tsp) sugar per cup fresh
  • Up to 0.5% sugar
  • Calories: 8 | Weight: 38g (1.3oz)
Leaves of Kale 6 Kale
  • 0.4g (0.1 tsp) sugar per cup fresh
  • Up to 2.3% sugar
  • Calories: 8 | Weight: 16g (0.6oz)
Arugula 7 Arugula
  • 0.4g (0.1 tsp) sugar per cup fresh
  • Up to 2.1% sugar
  • Calories: 5 | Weight: 20g (0.7oz)
Soybean Sprouts 8 Soybean Sprouts
  • 0.5g (0.1 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • Up to 0.5% sugar
  • Calories: 76 | Weight: 94g (3.3oz)
Stalks of Celery 9 Celery
  • 1.4g (0.3 tsp) sugar per cup
  • Up to 1.3% sugar
  • Calories: 16 | Weight: 101g (3.6oz)
Broccoli 10 Broccoli
  • 1.5g (0.4 tsp) sugar per cup
  • Up to 1.7% sugar
  • Calories: 31 | Weight: 91g (3.2oz)
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Sliced Cucumber 11 Cucumber
  • 1.7g (0.4 tsp) sugar per cup
  • Up to 1.7% sugar
  • Calories: 16 | Weight: 104g (3.7oz)
Swiss Chard 12 Swiss Chard
  • 1.9g (0.5 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • Up to 1.1% sugar
  • Calories: 35 | Weight: 175g (6.2oz)
A head of cauliflower 13 Cauliflower
  • 2g (0.5 tsp) sugar per cup
  • Up to 1.9% sugar
  • Calories: 27 | Weight: 107g (3.8oz)
Red Radishes 14 Radishes
  • 2.2g (0.5 tsp) sugar per cup sliced
  • Up to 1.9% sugar
  • Calories: 19 | Weight: 116g (4.1oz)
Asparagus 15 Asparagus
  • 2.3g (0.6 tsp) sugar per cup cooked
  • Up to 1.3% sugar
  • Calories: 40 | Weight: 180g (6.3oz)

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Data Sources and References

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

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