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Other Names for Sugar That Appear on Labels

How to Find Hidden Sugars on Nutrition Labels

If you're trying to cut sugar out of your diet, the best way to go about it is by reading labels. If nutritional labels just said "sugar," the task of cutting sugar out would be easy, but they don't so it's not. There are many more names for sugar out there and this handy little list reveals them all.

  • barley malt
  • beet sugar
  • brown sugar
  • buttered syrup
  • cane-juice crystals
  • cane sugar
  • caramel
  • carob syrup
  • corn syrup
  • corn syrup solids
  • date sugar
  • dextran
  • dextrose
  • diatase
  • diastatic malt
  • ethyl maltol
  • fructose
  • fruit juice
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • glucose
  • glucose solids
  • golden sugar
  • golden syrup
  • grape sugar
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • honey
  • invert sugar
  • lactose
  • malt syrup
  • maltodextrin
  • maltose
  • mannitol
  • molasses
  • raw sugar
  • refiner's syrup
  • sorbitol
  • sorghum syrup
  • sucrose
  • sugar
  • turbinado sugar
  • yellow sugar
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kia kia 8 years
It is insane how well I know that list. My cane sugar allergy has me running for the hills from a number of items on that list.
Peyote Peyote 9 years
Awesome. Thank you for the super-informative post!
Punkingirl Punkingirl 9 years
Are all of these sugars created equal? Are we supposed to avoid all forms or do they differ at all? I assume that the body recognizes it and breaks it down similarly but are these all supposed to be our enemy?
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
sho nuff
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Anything ending in -ose is a sugar. Honey is 100% sugar...fructose and glucose are both sugars. Most of the ones you will find in food are fructose, glucose, galactose, lactose, maltose, dextrose, and arabinose. Anything ending in -itol is a sugar alcohol. Most sugar alcohols aren't easily digested...xylitol, mannitol and others can have a laxative effect if you eat too much of them. This list just goes to show that you really have to read your labels carefully.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Honey is 38% fructose and 31% glucose. So mostly a sugar.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Ohhhh my :-(
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I think fitsugar can read my mind. Yesterday, I decided to go on "Sugar Busters" again, where I cut sugar out of my diet completely and now a Sugar post. I was also thinking about doing some quick exercises at home and BAM! A at home exercise post.!!! I love it.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
Honey is sugar? I just mostly try to stay away from high fructose corn syrup.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good lord!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Wow, so many ways to cover it up!
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