Low sucrose diet (1970)

Key points below

What is sucrose? 

Sucrose is a sugar that comes from sugar cane. Sucrose is also known as table sugar. Sucrose is found in many foods. The three sources of sucrose in a diet include:1. Table sugar added to foods during cooking.2. Sucrose added to foods during processing (hot dogs, soft drinks).3. Sucrose found in foods naturally (fruits and vegetables).

What is sucrose intolerance? 

People who are sucrose intolerant have a hard time digesting sucrose. Symptoms include: 

Limiting or avoiding foods with sucrose may help symptoms. This can help you choose foods with low or no sucrose.

Grains, Protein, and Dairy

Foods to choose:

Any bread, noodles, flour 
All meat and eggs 
Any milk product that is plain or   unsweetened

Foods to limit:

Cereals with added sugars and sweetened breads.
Any sweetened milk, ice cream, yogurt, processed cheese spreads


All except those listed in ‘Foods to limit’

Foods to limit:

All dried beans, baked beans, lentils, green peas, soy beans
Onions, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, butternut squash
Sweet pickles 


Foods to choose:

Choose 2 servings or less per day: 

Avocado, cherries, grapes, kiwi, lemons, limes, pears, persimmons, plums, prunes, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon

Foods to limit:

Apples, apricots, bananas, cantaloupe, dates, grapefruit, honeydew melon, mango, oranges, papaya, peaches, pineapple, raisins


Foods to choose:

Unsweetened beverages, tea, coffee, diet soda, unsweetened cow milk and unsweetened soy milk

Foods to limit:

Drinks with added sugar, juices, regular soda

Desserts and Sweets

Foods to choose:

Desserts made with sucrose substitutes 
Sugar free maple syrup 
Sugar free jams and jellies
Honey in small amounts

Foods to limit:

Chocolate and most desserts with added sugars
Ketchup and BBQ sauce
Sweet relish
Maple syrup
Jams and jellies

Fats, Oils, Spices

Foods to choose:

Most fats and oils like butter, margarine, canola oil, olive oil
Spices, seasonings without sugar

Foods to limit:

Salad dressings and sauces that are high in sugar
Gravies with added sugar

Reading Labels

A high sucrose food is any food that has sugar listed as one of the first three ingredients. 
Look out for these words on labels.  Try not to use foods that have them:

Some ways to reduce sucrose 

You can substitute sucrose with these: 

What about supplements? 

Vitamin C: Limiting fruits and vegetables may put a child at risk for not getting enough vitamin C. A supplement may be needed. Talk to a doctor or dietitian about your child’s needs.

Age & Daily vitamin C needs:



Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.