Although the sugar content in apples is natural (and mainly fructose), you might be looking to cut down on your overall sugar intake – natural or not.
Apples range in sugar content from 9.6g to 12.4g per 100g of apple depending on the variety and the lowest sugar apple variety is the Granny Smith, which contains 9.59g of sugar per 100g.
In this article, we’ll show you more lower-sugar apple varieties and we’ll be comparing apples from the lowest to the highest sugar content – including a calculator to help you work out the sugar content for any weight of apple.
Lowest To Highest Sugar Apples
The table below shows a comparison between some of the most popular apple varieties that are available in most grocery stores, in order of lowest to highest sugar.
The lowest-sugar variety is the Granny Smith apple which contains 9.59g of sugar per 100g of apple, compared to the Honeycrisp which is the highest-sugar apple at 12.4g per 100g.
We’ve also included the total sugar content per medium-sized apple at an average of 182g per apple to help you get an idea of the overall sugar content.
|Apple Type||Sugar Per 100g||Sugar Per Average |
Medium Apple (182g)
|Granny Smith Apple||9.59g||17.5g|
|Golden Delicious Apple||10g||18.2g|
|Red Delicious Apple||10.5g||19.11g|
Along with the Granny Smith Apple, another example of a lower-sugar apple is the golden delicious apple which contains 10g of sugar per 100g. Green apples are slightly sourer when compared to red apples, which is reflected in the sugar content.
As you can see from the table above, red apples contain more natural sugar than green apples, so if you’re looking to reduce your sugar intake when choosing fruit, pick a small green apple instead of a big red one.
Apple Sugar Calculator
The calculator below will help you to calculate the sugar 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 (not exact) figure.
To ensure that the data is accurate, we recommend only weighing the parts of the apple you’re going to eat.
Did You Know?
Apples range in sugar content from 17.5g per average medium apple to 22.6g. This is equal to four to six teaspoons of natural sugars (weighing 4g each).
Are Apples High In Sugar?
Apples are high in natural sugar compared to some fruits, however, it’s important to remember that they’re also packed full of vitamins and minerals, as well as being high in fiber.
The sugar content in apples is most important for those who are looking to cut down their sugar intake, especially the hidden natural sugar that is found in fruits such as apples. It’s also an important consideration for those on a low-carb diet because more sugar means more carbs.
Apples are one of the highest-sugar fruits, which you can see when you compare them head-to-head with other fruit choices:
|Fruit Type||Sugar Per 100g|
So, are apples high in sugar? Compared to other fruit, well, they are definitely on the higher end. Does this mean you should avoid them altogether? No, apples still have nutritional value and can be part of a healthy diet.
Just be aware that there are other options that might be better for you if you’re watching your sugar intake.
We hope the information in this article has helped you to find what you were looking for, here are some key takeaways to summarize:
- The lowest sugar apple variety is Granny Smith which contains 9.59g of sugar per 100g or 17.5g per average medium-sized apple.
- Green apples are typically lower in sugar than red apples, making them a better choice if you’re trying to reduce your sugar intake.
- Apples are one of the highest-sugar fruits you can choose.
- Although apples are high in natural sugars, it’s important to remember they’re still a healthy choice, packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Honeycrisp apples are high in sugar when compared to other apple varieties. For example, a Honeycrisp contains 5.1g more sugar per average medium apple than a Granny Smith apple which is a lower-sugar alternative.
Fuji apples are slightly lower in sugar, at 11.7g per 100g of apple, compared to Honeycrisp which contains 12.4g per 100g. However, the fuji variety is one of the highest-sugar apple varieties you can choose.
This page is part of a series of useful articles on the sugar content in apples and foods containing apples. You might also like the pages in the links below:
Resources Used On This Page
To ensure the nutritional information used in this article is accurate, I have used data from the USDA FoodData Central; the link below contains the source information in case you need it:
- Generic apple USDA nutritional information
- Red delicious apple USDA nutritional information
- Golden delicious apple USDA nutritional information
- Granny Smith apple USDA nutritional information
- Gala apple USDA nutritional information
- Honeycrisp apple USDA nutritional information
- Fuji apple USDA nutritional information