Hidden Names for Sugar


IMG_4784Added sugar is hidden everywhere! You would be shocked if you tried to figure out where this culprit is in all of your food. It was even in my salt and pepper pistachio nuts labeled as “tapioca dextrin!” What the heck? According to Sugar Science, “added sugar is hiding in 74 percent of packaged foods.” There are AT LEAST 61 names for sugar appearing on food labels. The general rule of thumb is if the ingredient ends in “ose,” like “dextrose,” “fructose,” and “maltose,” it is a sugar. There isn’t even a percentage for the daily value on sugar because the percentage for most foods would be well over 100. Here is a list of common and not so common names for sugar:

  • Agave nectar
  • Barley malt
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane sugar
  • Carob sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
  • Corn syrup solids
  • D-ribose
  • Date sugar
  • Dextran
  • Dextrin
  • Diastic malt
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Florida crystals
  • Fruit juice
  • Galactose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden syrup
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Icing sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maple syrup
  • Muscovado
  • Panocha
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sugar
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Barbados sugar
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Carmel
  • Castor sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextrose
  • Diatase
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Glucose
  • Golden sugar
  • Grape sugar
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar

Natural sugars are found in fruits, vegetables, and other dairy products. However, they also contain fiber, nutrients and other beneficial compounds. The most natural way to reduce sugar consumption is to focus on consuming whole and unprocessed foods.

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