High or Low Blood Sugar 110 Foods and Their Sugar Content Part 1

A list of 110 foods and their sugar content for nutritional value.


American Dental Association findings show that sucrose, another name for common table sugar, is the primary cause of tooth decay. In addition, many researchers agree that it is associated with two other major health problems--obesity and diabetes; other researchers link it with heart disease as well. They do not recommend eliminating it from the diet; rather, they suggest restricting the intake of foods high in sucrose to mealtime and, more important, reducing the frequency of intake.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture estimates for 1973 set the average sugar ingestion rate at 125 lb. per person annually in the more affluent countries of the world, including the U.S. and Great Britain. In 1821, sugar consumption was about 10 lb. per person annually in the U.S.; in 1830, people in England consumed about 6 lb. per person annually.

Food manufacturers are not required to state the percent of sugar content in packaged foods on labels. This glaring lack of available information, considering the great amount of sugar in our diets along with its possible health effects, caused concerned researchers at the University of Texas Dental Branch to undertake a massive three-year study to determine the sucrose levels in more than 1,000 common foods and beverages. Their findings have been published in Brand Name Guide to Sugar by Ira L. Shannon, D.M.D., M.S.D. (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1977). The following list is a selection from this book.

Food Sucrose (%)

1. Certs Spearmint Breath Mints 95.4

2. Chiclets Peppermint Chewing Gum (conventional) 86.3

3. Cloret's Clear Breath Mints 86.2

4. Ferrara Red Hots Candy 85.6

5. Warner-Lambert Listerine Regular Flavor Throat Lozenges 68.9

6. Dentyne Regular Flavor Chewing Gum (conventional) 68.3

7. Vicks Medicating Throat Lozenges 66.2

8. Wrigley's Spearmint Chewing Gum (conventional) 62.8

9. Barricini Jelly Beans 61.3

10. Kellogg's Sugar Smacks Breakfast Cereal 61.3

11. Sucrets Sore Throat Lozenges for Children 58.9

12. Miles Laboratories Chewable Chocks Vitamins 55.9

13. Hershey's Milk Chocolate Peanut 52.5

14. M & Ms Plain Chocolate Candies 52.2

15. Rugby Laboratories Poly-Vitamin Tablets 49.1

16. Rugby Laboratories Chewable Vitamin E Tablets 48.8

17. Pillsbury Vanilla Instant Breakfast Powder 47.5

18. Kellogg's Froot Loops Breakfast Cereal 47.4

19. General Mills Trix Breakfast Cereal 46.6

20. Nabisco Chocolate Chip Snap Cookies 45.0

21. Mother's Circus Animal Cookies 44.7

22. Upjohn Orthoxicol Cough Syrup 44.1

23. Nestle's Crunch Chocolate Bar 43.5

24. Pillsbury Chocolate Instant Breakfast Powder 41.8

25. St. Joseph Cough Syrup 40.6

26. General Mills Vanilla Breakfast Squares (artificially flavored) 40.4

27. M & M Mars 3 Musketeers Chocolate Bar 36.1

28. M. J. Holloway Milk Duds Candy 36.0

29. Nabisco Oreo Creme Sandwich Cookie 35.3

30. Hershey's Mr. Goodbar 34.2

31. Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Sugar Cookies 32.1

32. Cadbury's Milk Chocolate 32.1

33. Hostess Twinkie (cream-filled) 32.0

34. Carnation Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars 31.8

35. General Mills Butter Pecan Breakfast Squares (artificially flavored) 31.6

36. Ward Candies Oh Henry! 31.2

37. Curtiss Candies Butterfinger 29.5

38. Food Club Sweet Pickles 29.2

39. Good & Plenty Licorice Candy 28.2

40. M & M Mars Snickers Candy Bar 28.0

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