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10 Healthiest Jellies in 2022 (Nutritionist-Reviewed)

Breakfast is hardly complete without a large shmear of jelly, but most conventional jellies are full of preservatives, stabilizers, and excessive sugars. That’s why we decided to figure out what makes a great healthy jelly!

In our research, we found that the best jellies contain just fruit, sugar, and pectin, fit your macronutrient needs, and are non-GMO. They might not even be jellies at all but jams and preserves instead. Keeping these things in mind, we’ve come up with a list of our favorite healthy jellies available online, including our top pick by Crofter's. We've also prepared a handy buying guide with extra tips from nutritionist Kara Swanson.

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  • Last updated: 08-21-2022
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How to Choose a Healthy Jelly – Buying Guide

Here, we'll be introducing the following three important points to check when you choose a healthy jelly.

Points to Consider:

  1. Consider Jams or Preserves Over Jellies
  2. Look for Quality Ingredients 
  3. Check for Official Certifications for Peace of Mind
Kara Swanson
Nutritionist
Kara Swanson

It's always a good idea to pay attention to labels and be aware of what ingredients are in the foods we are consuming. A simple swap, like choosing a healthy jelly, will help you consume less sugar, chemicals, and additives helping you inch closer to a healthy lifestyle.

1. Consider Jams or Preserves Over Jellies

1. Consider Jams or Preserves Over Jellies
While jams, jellies, and preserves are often used interchangeably, they’re actually a bit different. Jelly uses fruit juice as the base whereas jams and preserves both use whole fruit chunks, which means they have more fiber and nutrients

This also gives them more texture and flavor variance, if that’s something you appreciate. That being said, jams and preserves aren’t automatically healthier as they can also include artificial ingredients and excess sugar.

1. Consider Jams or Preserves Over Jellies

If you're looking for a healthy option, look for lower amounts of sugar, less additives, and more fruit (more on that below).

Kara Swanson
Nutritionist
Kara Swanson

A simple healthy swap for jelly is to use a jam instead. It typically has less sugar (but make sure you read the labels to ensure it isn't loaded with sugar!) and it is higher in fiber, making it a great way to still get some sweetness on your toast but in a healthier way.

2. Look for Quality Ingredients

Society has come pretty far in terms of creating the best flavors for our food, but that doesn't mean they're always high-quality or good for us. Here are some things you should look out for in your jelly.

Avoid Additives and Stabilizers Besides Pectin

Avoid Additives and Stabilizers Besides Pectin
When looking at the ingredients list, you want to see an ingredients list that looks like something you could find in your pantry—fruit, some sugar, and not much else.
One thing that will almost invariably be in your jelly, though, is pectin. Pectin is a type of fiber naturally found in all fruit and serves as a gelling agent. Some fruits, such as lemons, apples, and cranberries, have higher amounts of pectin and thus may not need additional pectin to turn them into jam or jelly. 
Avoid Additives and Stabilizers Besides Pectin

On the other hand, most other fruits will likely require added pectin. In the healthiest jellies, pectin should be the only added gelling agent, so try to avoid other stabilizers, gums, and additives.

Kara Swanson
Nutritionist
Kara Swanson

It can be confusing when you're looking at labels to know what's healthy and what's unhealthy. A good rule of thumb when it comes to jellies and jams is to look for real fruit, maybe a little sugar, and nothing else. Pectin is okay and acts as a natural gelling agent, but if there is much more than that, try another jelly or jam.

Watch Out for Added Sugars—Artificial and Natural

Watch Out for Added Sugars—Artificial and Natural
By its nature, jelly requires sugar in order to develop its spreadable, gel-like texture. But that doesn’t mean that it needs to be saturated with it. Some jellies contain less sugar thanks to different varieties of pectin. So when looking at the nutrition label, try to look for a jelly that has less than 8 grams of added sugar per serving. 

For reference, the daily amount of added sugar intake recommended by the American Heart Association is 36 grams of sugar for men and 25 grams for women. If you go any higher than 8 grams per serving, that can be up to a third of your daily limit!

Watch Out for Added Sugars—Artificial and Natural
On the other hand, some jellies lower their sugar content by using artificial sweeteners. Check the ingredients list to see what kind of sweeteners they use. Some people have sensitivities to stevia or erythritol, and if you aren’t sure if your body can handle it, artificial sweeteners may be best to avoid.
Kara Swanson
Nutritionist
Kara Swanson

Sugar is going to be in jelly and jam but you should be aware and conscious of how much sugar is actually added per serving. It's important to also note where the sugar is coming from


Fruit has natural sugar, which is okay! But then there is added sugar and artificial sugar. I recommend you stay away from artificial sugar as much as possible, especially sucralose.

3. Check for Official Certifications for Peace of Mind

3. Check for Official Certifications for Peace of Mind
Fruits often top the list of foods produced using GMOs and pesticides, so to avoid any risky contamination, it’s best to look for official non-GMO or organic stamps. Of course, if you have food sensitivities or restrictions, look for certifications that meet your needs too.

Most jellies will be vegan or gluten-free since they're naturally free of both animal products and gluten, but if you want to be 100% sure, look for official certification on the label or the company's website as well.

Kara Swanson
Nutritionist
Kara Swanson

Don't be afraid to do a little research and take charge of your health. If you are unsure about anything a product claims, are confused about the label, or have a question about what's in their product, reach out and ask them. Knowledge is power and it's important to ask questions when it comes to the food we are consuming on a daily basis.

10 Healthiest Jellies

No matter how healthy a jelly is, it does you no good if you don’t like the flavor! So be sure to read reviews to get a good idea for the taste before you buy.

※These rankings were decided based on user reviews and popular rank lists from Amazon gathered on September 11th. Please note that these products were not picked by Kara Swanson, but chosen through extensive research and by combing through customer reviews by our staff at mybest. For more on our selection process, check out our content policy.

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Crofter's  Organic Concord Grape Premium Spread 1

Crofter's

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World of Chia Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread 1

World of Chia

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DiaBliss Mixed Fruit Jam with Herbal Extract Blend 1

DiaBliss

4
Trade Street Jam Co. Strawberry Chipotle + Fig Jam 1

Trade Street Jam Co.

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Newport Jerky Company GATOR Jam 1

Newport Jerky Company

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Valle de Panchoy Guava Fruit Preserves 1

Valle de Panchoy

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Nature's Hollow Apricot Jam 1

Nature's Hollow

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Spread the Love Artisan Jam 1

Spread the Love

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Mrs. Miller's Homemade Jams 1

Mrs. Miller's

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Good Good Sweet Blueberry Jam 1

Good Good

Name

Organic Concord Grape Premium Spread

Chia Strawberry Fruit Spread

Mixed Fruit Jam with Herbal Extract Blend

Strawberry Chipotle + Fig Jam

GATOR Jam

Guava Fruit Preserves

Apricot Jam

Artisan Jam

Homemade Jams

Sweet Blueberry Jam

Features

A Classic Grape Jelly That's Low in Sugar

A Strawberry Jam That Uses Chia Seeds Instead of Pectin

A Low-Glycemic Jam With Special Sugar Can Extract

A Small-Batch, Pectin-Free Jam With a Kick

One of the Best No-Sugar-Added Jams

A Tropical Taste for Your Morning Pastry

A Sugar-Free Alternative With Lots of Fruity Taste

A Delicious, Two-Ingredient, Additive-Free Jam

A Hot Pepper Jelly to Spice Things Up

A Keto-Friendly and Diet-Friendly Jam

Price$9.99$24.87$11.59$13.00$12.99$11.95$10.47$11.99$11.37$10.99
Amount16.5 oz.10.9 oz. each11.5 oz.9 oz.20 oz.10.5 oz.10 oz.11.5 oz.9 oz. each11.6 oz.
TypeJellyFruit spreadJamJamJamPreservesJamJamJellyJam
Calories per serving3030171528241560506
Sugars per serving8g.5g.3g.3g.12g.6g.0g.13g.11g.0g.
Official certificationsOrganic, non-GMONon-GMO, gluten-free, veganLess than 50 GIVegan--Non-GMONon-GMO, vegan, gluten-free--
Main ingredientsOrganic Concord grape purée, organic cane sugar, apple pectinStrawberries, organic agave nectar, organic chia seeds, lime juiceFruit pulp, DiaBliss sugar, pectin, citric acidStrawberry, dried fig, chipotle pepper, sugar, lemon juiceApples, raspberries, orange juice, tangerines, gingerGuavas, sugar, pectin, lemon juiceApricots, xylitol, erythritol, pectinRaspberries, sugarGreen and red peppers, jalapeno peppers, cane sugar, vinegar, pectinBlueberries, stevia extract, pectin
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Crofter's Organic Concord Grape Premium Spread

$9.99

Amount16.5 oz.
TypeJelly
Calories per serving30
Sugars per serving8g.
Official certificationsOrganic, non-GMO
Main ingredientsOrganic Concord grape purée, organic cane sugar, apple pectin
2

World of ChiaChia Strawberry Fruit Spread

3 pack

$24.87

Amount10.9 oz. each
TypeFruit spread
Calories per serving30
Sugars per serving5g.
Official certificationsNon-GMO, gluten-free, vegan
Main ingredientsStrawberries, organic agave nectar, organic chia seeds, lime juice
3

DiaBlissMixed Fruit Jam with Herbal Extract Blend

$11.59

Amount11.5 oz.
TypeJam
Calories per serving17
Sugars per serving3g.
Official certificationsLess than 50 GI
Main ingredientsFruit pulp, DiaBliss sugar, pectin, citric acid
4

Trade Street Jam Co.Strawberry Chipotle + Fig Jam

$13.00

Amount9 oz.
TypeJam
Calories per serving15
Sugars per serving3g.
Official certificationsVegan
Main ingredientsStrawberry, dried fig, chipotle pepper, sugar, lemon juice
5

Newport Jerky CompanyGATOR Jam

$12.99

Amount20 oz.
TypeJam
Calories per serving28
Sugars per serving12g.
Official certifications-
Main ingredientsApples, raspberries, orange juice, tangerines, ginger
6

Valle de PanchoyGuava Fruit Preserves

$11.95

Amount10.5 oz.
TypePreserves
Calories per serving24
Sugars per serving6g.
Official certifications-
Main ingredientsGuavas, sugar, pectin, lemon juice
7

Nature's HollowApricot Jam

$10.47

Amount10 oz.
TypeJam
Calories per serving15
Sugars per serving0g.
Official certificationsNon-GMO
Main ingredientsApricots, xylitol, erythritol, pectin
8

Spread the LoveArtisan Jam

Raspberry

$11.99

Amount11.5 oz.
TypeJam
Calories per serving60
Sugars per serving13g.
Official certificationsNon-GMO, vegan, gluten-free
Main ingredientsRaspberries, sugar
9

Mrs. Miller'sHomemade Jams

2 pack, Hot Pepper Jelly

$11.37

Amount9 oz. each
TypeJelly
Calories per serving50
Sugars per serving11g.
Official certifications-
Main ingredientsGreen and red peppers, jalapeno peppers, cane sugar, vinegar, pectin
10

Good GoodSweet Blueberry Jam

$10.99

Amount11.6 oz.
TypeJam
Calories per serving6
Sugars per serving0g.
Official certifications-
Main ingredientsBlueberries, stevia extract, pectin

Healthy Swaps Direct From Kara Swanson

Healthy Swaps Direct From Kara Swanson

One of my favorite healthy swaps is, instead of using jelly or jam, mashing some raspberries up and topping peanut butter with the fresh raspberries. It's such a yummy treat and an easy way to cut down on sugar.


Another easy swap you can do is by just topping your toast with fresh fruit to add some sweetness. It's easy, healthier, and a fun way to switch your peanut butter sandwich up. Try banana slices, strawberry slices, blueberries, or your favorite fruit!

More Toppings for Your Meal Time

Jelly's great and all, but what about all the other great condiments out there? Here are some of our favorite picks.

Buying Guide Reviewed by Nutritionist Kara Swanson

Kara Swanson
Nutritionist
Kara Swanson

This expert reviewed the contents of the buying guide for accuracy and provided factual corrections when necessary. They did not participate in the product selection process, nor are they affiliated with any of our choices unless explicitly stated so.

Author: Jacqueline Oshiro


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