Tricky Names for Sugar in Your Food

There are so many names for hidden sugar it is not even funny. After just a little online research we find there are close to 60 different names for sugar.

Obviously, this is how the food industry hides the truth on processed food ingredient labels. When you get involved in your own health journey, you may find yourself asking why is there such a cat-and-mouse game when it come to food ingredients. In this particular case we will focus on the many names for hidden sugar.

Names for Hidden Sugar

Some of the names for hidden sugar you are familiar with, and others you will have trouble pronouncing. If you are trying to cut back on sugar and sugary foods, this may give you some clues as to why it is not so easy a task. Aside from plain old table sugar (sucrose), HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) a highly processed sweetener introduced in the 1970s seems to be in just about every packaged food you come across. Just read any ingredients label on any common processed foods you may have in a bag, box or can.

Higth Fructose Corn Syrup Has Replaced Sucrose

Interesting factoid about why the American population is overall fat and sick:

“After being classified as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1976, HFCS began to replace sucrose as the main sweetener of soft drinks in the United States. At the same time, rates of obesity rose. That correlation, in combination with laboratory research and epidemiological studies that suggested a link between consuming large amounts of fructose and changes to various proxy health measures, including elevated blood triglycerides, size and type of low-density lipoproteins, uric acid levels, and weight, raised concerns about health effects of HFCS itself.”

Now you may have some realization that sugar(s) are responsible for a rise in diabetes, a host of other chronic metabolic diseases, and inflammation in general.

Modern food manufacturers are pretty sneaky about how these types of hidden sugar are added to the products all people eat and drink every day without even knowing it.

Interestingly, another sad fact is many doctors and researchers consider sugar more addictive and more deadly than heroin and cocaine. This is based on statistics that there are more U.S. deaths from the known health issues caused from "sugar addition", than from these 2 famously illicit drugs.

Sugar AKAs List

Here is a list of 50 of the most common names for sugar found on food labels:

Barley malt
Beet sugar
Brown sugar
Buttered syrup
Cane juice crystals
Cane sugar
Corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Confectioner’s sugar
Carob syrup
Castor sugar
Date sugar
Demerara sugar
Diastatic malt
Ethyl maltol
Fruit juice
Fruit juice concentrate
Glucose solids
Golden sugar
Golden syrup
Grape sugar
High-fructose corn syrup
Icing sugar
Invert sugar
Malt syrup
Maple syrup
Muscovado sugar
Raw sugar
Refiner’s syrup
Rice syrup
Sorghum syrup
Turbinado sugar
Yellow sugar

Eliminate Added Sugar with Whole Food

Conclusion: In considering a Whole Food Eating style, we can definitely say that you should remove all processed and packaged foods from your diet. These foods have alarming amounts of added sugars with names you may not always recognize. You should familiarize yourself with the names on the list above, and also maybe keep this list handy for future reference. 

Learn to Read Labels for Hidden Sugar

If you find yourself having to purchase a few packaged foods like soups and condiments, then you also need to learn how to read labels. Learn what to look for in the ingredients listed and avoid these added sugars, as well as other food additives and chemicals. In particular, avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and its many derivitives.

You will find it's hard to avoid added sugar altogether. However, do the best you can by purchasing single ingredient whole foods and preparing meals at home. Avoid all fast food restaurant foods, covenience style food, and snack food items.

Do this, and over a short period of time and your health will be much improved, and you will feel better too.