Is there a sugar content in fresh veggies?Where can I find a chart of percentage rate of sugars in fresh fruits and veggies?Thank you
Fruits and vegetables do contain natural sugars. Perhaps the best resource with a fairly comprehensive list would be the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The following link will take you to a publication entitled: “USDA Database for the Added Sugars Content of Selected Foods.” http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/add_sug/addsug01.pdf While this list is primarily used for determining added sugar in foods, it also shows total sugars as well. Amounts are given in “grams per 100 grams”, so a little math calculation will likely be necessary if you’re looking for exact numbers.
In the fruits and vegetables sections, you will notice that generally total sugars are higher with dried or dehydrated product forms. This is because they are more concentrated when the water is removed. It is worth noting that compared to the other food categories listed in this resource, fruits and vegetables usually have far less added sugars. Its eye-opening to see just how much sugar is added to many common foods. Just goes to show you that fruits and veggies don’t need it—they’re delicious anytime and in all forms—fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice. Incorporate them all into your meals and snacks! Look for tips and suggestions right here on our website!