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Lowest Carb Apples (With Calculator)

If you’re trying to stick to a lower-carb diet, it can be surprising just how many fruits and vegetables have hidden carbs due to natural sugars and starches.

Apples are a higher-carb fruit that is often avoided by those on a low-carb diet, but some contain more carbs than others.

The total carbs in an average medium size apple will range from about 25g to 28g, with a net carb content of about 20-24g (depending on variety). The lowest-carb apple is the Granny Smith which contains 19.7g net carbs per medium apple.

Read on to find out much more about the carb content for each variety of apple, including a calculator that you can use to work out the total and net carbs for any weight and variety.

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Average Carbs In An Apple

We calculated an average carb value for a generic apple that can be used as a guide to help you work out the average carbs if you don’t know the variety. If you need the carb content for a specific variety of apple – skip to the next section.

Per 100g

The average amount of total carbohydrate in 100g of apple is 14.2g and the average fiber content is 2.3g which gives a net carb figure of 11.9g per 100g.

Total Carbs
(per 100g of apple)
Dietary Fiber
(per 100g of apple)
Net Carbs
(per 100g of apple)
Carb content per 100g of apple

Per Medium Apple

An average medium apple weighs about 182g, which we can use to calculate an average carb amount per apple (if you don’t have the apple weight or details of the variety).

A typical medium apple will contain 25.8g of total carbs and 4.2g of dietary fiber, giving a net carb value of 21.6g.

Please note – average medium apple weights will vary depending on variety, for more accurate values weigh your apple and input the amount in the calculator below.

Total Carbs
(per 182g medium apple)
Dietary Fiber
(per 182g medium apple)
Net Carbs
(per 182g medium apple)
Carb content per medium apple

Lowest To Highest Carb Apples (By Variety)

In this section, we’ll take you through the lowest to highest-carb apples by variety, per 100g of apple and per average-sized medium apple weighing 182g.

Per 100g

The lowest-carb apple variety is the Granny Smith which contains 13.6g of total carbs per 100g. The Granny Smith apple is also the highest fiber variety, which gives a net carb value of 10.8g per 100g once the fiber is deducted.

The highest-carb apple variety is the fuji which contains 15.2g of total carbs per 100g, it is also the lowest in dietary fiber, giving a net carb value of 13.1g per 100g.

Apple TypeTotal Carbs Per 100gNet Carbs Per 100g
Granny Smith13.6g10.8g
Golden Delicious13.6g11.2g
Red Delicious14.1g11.8g
Table to show the carb content per 100g of apple (per variety)

Per Average Medium Apple

When you calculate the carb values per medium-sized apple, the total carb amount per apple ranges from 24.8g (for the Granny Smith) to 27.7g (for the fuji apple).

As you can see from the table below, green apples tend to be lower in carbs than red apples which are on the higher end of the scale. This is because red apples are typically sweeter and contain more natural sugars.

Apple TypeTotal Carbs Per 100gNet Carbs Per 100g
Granny Smith24.8g19.7g
Golden Delicious24.8g20.4g
Red Delicious25.7g21.5g
Table to show the carb content per medium apple (per variety)

Apple Carb Calculator

The calculator below will help you to work out the total carb and net carb content for various apple varieties and for any portion weight.

Choose your apple variety and input the weight in grams to get started – if you don’t know your apple variety, choose a generic apple that will generate an average (but not exact) figure.

To ensure that the data is accurate, we recommend only weighing the parts of the apple you’re going to eat.

infographic to show the lowest to highest carb apples

Fiber Content Per Variety

To work out the net carbs in apples for this article we have deducted the dietary fiber from the total carb value.

If you need to know the specific dietary fiber content of an apple variety, the table below shows the value for each one.

This data confirms that green apples like the Granny Smith and golden delicious contain the most fiber per apple and sweet red apples like the Honeycrisp and fuji contain the least.

Apple TypeDietary Fiber
Per 100g
Dietary Fiber
Per 182g Medium Apple
Granny Smith2.8g5.1g
Golden Delicious2.4g4.4g
Red Delicious2.3g4.2g
Table to show apple fiber content (per variety)

Are Apples High In Carbs?

Apples are high in carbs when compared to other kinds of fruit such as strawberries or raspberries. While this isn’t generally an issue for those following a regular healthy diet, those who follow a low-carb diet generally choose to avoid them and choose a different fruit instead.

In the example where someone chooses to stay under 50g of total carbs per day, eating one medium apple would use half of their daily carb allowance (at 24.9g per apple).

In contrast, the total carbs in the same weight of strawberries is equal to 14.5g.

Although apples are higher-carb fruits, if carbs aren’t something you’re tracking as part of you’re diet, they’re still a healthy fruit option that are packed full of nutrients.

Key Takeaways

We hope the information in this article has helped you to find what you’re looking for – here are the key takeaways from this page:

  • Apples are one of the highest-carb fruits and one medium fruit will contain about 25-28g of total carbs each.
  • Apples are generally avoided by those on low-carb diets such as keto.
  • Green apples are lower in carbs than red (or part-red) varieties which contain more sugar and slightly less fiber.
  • The net carb value of an apple ranges from 20-24g per apple (depending on variety).

More FAQs

Are apples keto-friendly?

Apples are not considered keto-friendly (because of their higher carb content) and are often avoided and replaced by lower-carb fruits such as berries or avocados.

Are Granny Smith apples low-carb?

Granny Smith apples, are not considered low-carb, but compared to other varieties they are lower in carbs, lower in sugar, and higher in fiber. 100g of Granny Smith apple contains 13.6g of carbohydrates compared to a fuji apple which contains 15.2g.

Related Pages

This page is part of a series of useful articles on the carb content in apples and foods containing apples. You might also like the pages in the links below:

Resources Used For This Page

To ensure the nutritional information used in this article is accurate, we have used data from The USDA FoodData Central; the links below contain the source information: