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Top 15 Vegetables Lowest in Sugar

Written by Daisy Whitbread, MScN
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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.


List of Low Sugar Vegetables

White Button Mushrooms

#1: Mushrooms

Up to 0% Sugar
Sugar per Cup CookedSugar per 100g
0g (0 tsp)0g (0 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for White Button Mushrooms (Stir-fried)
Watercress

#2: Watercress

Up to 0.2% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
0.1g (0 tsp)0.2g (0.1 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Watercress
Spinach

#3: Spinach

Up to 0.4% Sugar
Sugar per Cup (Fresh)Sugar per 100g
0.1g (0 tsp)0.4g (0.1 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Spinach
Red Leaf Lettuce

#4: Red Leaf Lettuce

Up to 0.5% Sugar
Sugar per Cup ShreddedSugar per 100g
0.1g (0 tsp)0.5g (0.1 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Red Leaf Lettuce

More Lettuce Low in Sugar (grams per cup)

Green Leaf Lettuce (0.3g), Butterhead (0.5g), Romaine (0.6g), and Iceberg (1.4g).
Beet Greens

#5: Beet Greens

Up to 0.5% Sugar
Sugar per Cup FreshSugar per 100g
0.2g (0 tsp)0.5g (0.1 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Beet Greens (Raw)
Leaves of Kale

#6: Kale

Up to 2.3% Sugar
Sugar per Cup FreshSugar per 100g
0.4g (0.1 tsp)2.3g (0.6 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Kale
Arugula

#7: Arugula

Up to 2.1% Sugar
Sugar per Cup FreshSugar per 100g
0.4g (0.1 tsp)2.1g (0.5 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Arugula
Soybean Sprouts

#8: Soybean Sprouts

Up to 0.5% Sugar
Sugar per Cup CookedSugar per 100g
0.5g (0.1 tsp)0.5g (0.1 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Soybean Sprouts
Stalks of Celery

#9: Celery

Up to 1.3% Sugar
Sugar per Cup RawSugar per 100g
0.9g (0.2 tsp)1.3g (0.3 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Celery
Broccoli

#10: Broccoli

Up to 1.7% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
1.5g (0.4 tsp)1.7g (0.4 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Broccoli
Sliced Cucumber

#11: Cucumber

Up to 1.7% Sugar
Sugar per Cup RawSugar per 100g
1.7g (0.4 tsp)1.7g (0.4 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cucumber
Swiss Chard

#12: Swiss Chard

Up to 1.1% Sugar
Sugar per Cup CookedSugar per 100g
1.9g (0.5 tsp)1.1g (0.3 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cooked Swiss Chard
A head of cauliflower

#13: Cauliflower

Up to 1.9% Sugar
Sugar per CupSugar per 100g
2g (0.5 tsp)1.9g (0.5 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cauliflower
Red Radishes

#14: Radishes

Up to 1.9% Sugar
Sugar per Cup SlicedSugar per 100g
2.2g (0.5 tsp)1.9g (0.5 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Radishes
Asparagus

#15: Asparagus

Up to 1.3% Sugar
Sugar per Cup CookedSugar per 100g
2.3g (0.6 tsp)1.3g (0.3 tsp)
Source: Nutrition Facts for Asparagus (Cooked)

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Data Sources and References

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