Top 10 Foods Highest in Glucose

Written by Daisy Whitbread, MScN

Glucose is a simple sugar and an important energy source for our body. Most complex sugars and carbohydrates get broken down into glucose, so it is not necessary to consume glucose directly from the sources listed below.

Foods naturally high in glucose include honey, agave, molasses, dried fruit, fruits, and fruit juices. Foods which typically have a lot of added glucose include sauces, salad dressings, energy bars, cereals, cakes and pies, and sugary drinks. Foods with a lot of added sugar and glucose should be avoided.

Below are the top 10 foods highest in glucose, for more, see the extended list of less common foods rich in glucose.


#1: Honey
Up to 35.8% Glucose
Glucose in 100g 1 cup (339g)1 tbsp (21g)
35.8g (8.9 tsp) 121.2g (30.3 tsp)7.5g (1.9 tsp)
Other Sweeteners High in Glucose (grams per tablespoon): Agave (2.6g), Molasses (2.4g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#2: Dried Fruit (Medjool Dates)
Up to 33.7% Glucose
Glucose in 100g 1 date, pitted (24g)
33.7g (8.4 tsp) 8.1g (2 tsp)
Other Dried Fruit High in Glucose (grams per cup): Pitted Prunes (44g), Dried Apricots (43g), Raisins (40g), Figs (34g), and Deglet Dates (29g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#3: Sauces (Barbeque)
Up to 16.4% Glucose
Glucose in 100g 1 cup (279g)1 tablespoon (17g)
16.4g (4 tsp) 45.8g (11.5 tsp)2.8g (0.7 tsp)
Other Sauces High in Glucose (grams per tablespoon): Catsup (1.7g), Sriracha (1.5g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


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#4: Salad Dressings (Low Fat French)
Up to 15.7% Glucose
Glucose in 100g 1 cup (260g)1 tablespoon (16g)
15.7g (3.9 tsp) 40.7g (10.2 tsp)2.5g (0.6 tsp)
Other Salad Dressings High in Fructose (grams per tablespoon): Low Fat Thousand Island (1.4g), Balsamic Vinegar (1.2g), Italian (0.7g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#5: Energy and Cereal Bars
Up to 11.9% Glucose
Glucose in 100g 1 bar (68g)
11.9g (3 tsp) 8.1g (2 tsp)
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#6: Processed Cereals (Kellogg's Raisin Bran)
Up to 10.1% Glucose
Glucose in 100g 1 cup (59g)
10.1g (2.5 tsp) 6g (1.5 tsp)
Other cereals high in fructose (grams per cup): Lucky Charms (1.7g), Frosted Flakes (0.8g).Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#7: Grapes
Up to 7.2% Glucose
Glucose in 100g 1 cup (151g)10 grapes (49g)
7.2g (1.8 tsp) 10.9g (2.7 tsp)3.5g (0.9 tsp)
Other fruits high in fructose (grams per cup): Cherries (9.1g), Plums (8.4g), Bananas (7.5g), Blueberries (7.2g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


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#8: Cakes and Pies (Sponge Cake)
Up to 5.8% Glucose
Glucose in 100g 1 oz (28g)1 cake (42g)
5.8g (1.5 tsp) 1.7g (0.4 tsp)2.4g (0.6 tsp)
One slice (133g) of Pecan Pie contains 7.4g of glucose. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#9: Sugary Drinks (Cola)
Up to 4.5% Glucose
Glucose in 100g 1 serving 16 fl oz (491g)1 fl oz (31g)
4.5g (1.1 tsp) 22g (5.5 tsp)1.4g (0.3 tsp)
Other drinks high in fructose (grams per 16oz drink): Rockstar Energy Drink (29g), Lemon Lime Soda (Sprite) (21g), Sweet Tea (20g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#10: Fruit Juice (Grape Juice)
Up to 6.8% Glucose
Glucose in 100g 1 cup (253g)1 fl oz (32g)
6.8g (1.7 tsp) 17.2g (4.3 tsp)2.2g (0.5 tsp)
Other fruits juices high in fructose per 2 cups (16oz): Cranberry Cocktail (34g), Orange Juice (34g), Pomegranate Juice (31g), Pineapple Juice (19g), Sweetened Cranberry Juice (19g). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


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Mamey Sapote 8g (2tsp) per 100 gram serving14g (3.5tsp) per 1 cup 1" pieces (175 grams)44.7g (11.2tsp) per 1 fruit without refuse (558 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Mamey Sapote
Balsamic Vinegar 7.6g (1.9tsp) per 100 gram serving19.3g (4.8tsp) per 1 cup (255 grams)1.2g (0.3tsp) per 1 tbsp (16 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Balsamic Vinegar
Pomegranate Juice 6.3g (1.6tsp) per 100 gram serving15.6g (3.9tsp) per 1 cup (249 grams)2g (0.5tsp) per 1 fl oz (31 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Pomegranate Juice
Cherimoya 5.9g (1.5tsp) per 100 gram serving9.5g (2.4tsp) per 1 cup, pieces (160 grams)13.9g (3.5tsp) per 1 fruit without skin and seeds (235 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Cherimoyas
Tamarind Nectar 5.9g (1.5tsp) per 100 gram serving14.9g (3.7tsp) per 1 cup (251 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Tamarind Nectar
Cured Ham 4g (1tsp) per 100 gram serving5.6g (1.4tsp) per 1 slice (138 grams)3.4g (0.9tsp) per 1 serving (3 oz) (85 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Lean Cured Ham
Sweet Desert Wine 2.6g (0.7tsp) per 100 gram serving2.7g (0.7tsp) per 1 glass (3.5 fl oz) (103 grams)0.8g (0.2tsp) per 1 fl oz (30 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sweet Desert Wine
Sweet Pickles 9.2g (2.3tsp) per 100 gram serving14g (3.5tsp) per 1 cup sliced or chips (153 grams)2.3g (0.6tsp) per 1 Gherkin (2-3/4" long) (25 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sweet Cucumber Pickles
Peanut Butter (Sugar Added) 4.2g (1.1tsp) per 100 gram serving0g (0tsp) per (0 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Peanut butter chunk style
Raw Yellow Sweet Corn 3.4g (0.9tsp) per 100 gram serving5g (1.2tsp) per 1 cup (145 grams)3.5g (0.9tsp) per 1 ear, medium (6-3/4" to 7-1/2" long) yields (102 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Raw Yellow Sweet Corn

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Data Sources and References

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