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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 the different foods. One packed teaspoon equals 4 grams of sugar.

High sugar vegetables include beets, sweet corn, sweet potato, peas, onions, winter squash, and carrots. For more high sugar vegetables, see the extended list of less common vegetables high in sugar.


#1: Beets (Boiled)
Up to 8% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1/2 cup slices (85g)2 beets (2" dia, sphere) (100g)
8g (2 tsp) 6.8g (1.7 tsp)8g (2 tsp)
Picked Beets can be up to 11% sugar. Raw beets are usually 7% sugar. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#2: Sweet Corn (Boiled)
Up to 7.7% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup cut (157g)1 ear, medium (6-3/4" to 7-1/2" long) (103g)
7.7g (1.9 tsp) 12.1g (3 tsp)8g (2 tsp)
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#3: Sweet Potato (Baked)
Up to 6.5% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup (200g)1 medium (2" dia, 5" long, raw) (114g)
6.5g (1.6 tsp) 13g (3.2 tsp)7.4g (1.8 tsp)
While sweet potatoes have more sugar, regular potatoes typically have more carbs. In terms of regulating blood sugar sweet potatoes are preferred of regular potatoes (Russet, White, Red, etc..). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


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#4: Peas (Boiled)
Up to 5.9% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup (160g)
5.9g (1.5 tsp) 9.5g (2.4 tsp)
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#5: Sweet Onions
Up to 5% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 onion (331g)1 NLEA serving (148g)
5g (1.3 tsp) 16.6g (4.2 tsp)7.4g (1.9 tsp)
Shallots can be up to 8% sugar. An average onion is 4.2% sugar. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#6: Winter Squash (Hubbard)
Up to 4.9% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, cubes (205g)
4.9g (1.2 tsp) 10g (2.5 tsp)
Pumpkin and the average winter squash is 3.3% sugar. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#7: Carrots
Up to 4.7% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup chopped (128g)1 medium (61g)
4.7g (1.2 tsp) 6.1g (1.5 tsp)2.9g (0.7 tsp)
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#8: Sweet Peppers (Bell Peppers)
Up to 4.2% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, chopped (149g)1 medium (approx 2-3/4" long, 2-1/2 dia.) (119g)
4.2g (1.1 tsp) 6.3g (1.6 tsp)5g (1.2 tsp)
Jalapeno peppers are 4.1% sugar. Serranos are 3.8%. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


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#9: Fennel bulb raw
Up to 3.9% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, sliced (87g)1 bulb (234g)
3.9g (1 tsp) 3.4g (0.9 tsp)9.2g (2.3 tsp)
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#10: Cabbage (Red)
Up to 3.8% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, shredded (70g)1 head, medium (about 5" dia) (839g)
3.8g (1 tsp) 2.7g (0.7 tsp)32.1g (8 tsp)
The Average Cabbage is 3.8% Sugar. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#11: Turnips
Up to 3.8% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, cubes (130g)1 medium (122g)
3.8g (1 tsp) 4.9g (1.2 tsp)4.6g (1.2 tsp)
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#12: Green Beans (Snap Beans) (Boiled)
Up to 3.6% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup (125g)
3.6g (0.9 tsp) 4.5g (1.1 tsp)
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#13: Eggplant
Up to 3.5% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, cubes (82g)1 eggplant, unpeeled (approx 1-1/4 lb) (548g)
3.5g (0.9 tsp) 2.9g (0.7 tsp)19.3g (4.8 tsp)
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#14: Tomatoes
Up to 2.6% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, chopped or sliced (180g)1 medium whole (2-3/5" dia) (123g)
2.6g (0.7 tsp) 4.7g (1.2 tsp)3.2g (0.8 tsp)
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#15: Summer Squash (Boiled)
Up to 2.6% Sugar
Sugar in 100g 1 cup, sliced (180g)
2.6g (0.6 tsp) 4.7g (1.2 tsp)
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Chicory Root 8.7g (2.2tsp) per 100 gram serving3.9g (1tsp) per 1/2 cup (1" pieces) (45 grams)5.2g (1.3tsp) per 1 root (60 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Chicory Root (Raw)
Shallots 7.9g (2tsp) per 100 gram serving0.8g (0.2tsp) per 1 tbsp chopped (10 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Raw Shallots
Grape Leaves 6.3g (1.6tsp) per 100 gram serving0.9g (0.2tsp) per 1 cup (14 grams)0.2g (0tsp) per 1 leaf (3 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Grape Leaves (Raw)
Parsnips 4.8g (1.2tsp) per 100 gram serving6.4g (1.6tsp) per 1 cup slices (133 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Parsnips (Raw)
Waterchestnuts chinese (matai) raw 4.8g (1.2tsp) per 100 gram serving3g (0.7tsp) per 1/2 cup slices (62 grams)1.7g (0.4tsp) per 4 waterchestnuts (36 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Waterchestnuts chinese (matai) raw
Rutabagas 4.5g (1.1tsp) per 100 gram serving6.2g (1.6tsp) per 1 cup, cubes (140 grams)17.2g (4.3tsp) per 1 medium (386 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Rutabagas (Raw)
Garden Cress 4.4g (1.1tsp) per 100 gram serving2.2g (0.6tsp) per 1 cup (50 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Garden Cress (Raw)
Tomatillos 3.9g (1tsp) per 100 gram serving2.6g (0.6tsp) per 1/2 cup, chopped or diced (66 grams)1.3g (0.3tsp) per 1 medium (34 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Tomatillos (Raw)
Burdock Root 3.6g (0.9tsp) per 100 gram serving4.4g (1.1tsp) per 1 cup (1" pieces) (125 grams)5.9g (1.5tsp) per 1 root (166 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Burdock Root (Boiled)
Bamboo shoots raw 3g (0.8tsp) per 100 gram serving4.5g (1.1tsp) per 1 cup (1/2" slices) (151 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Bamboo shoots raw
Kohlrabi 2.8g (0.7tsp) per 100 gram serving4.6g (1.2tsp) per 1 cup slices (165 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Kohlrabi (Boiled)

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

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