Learn to recognize the 56 different names for sugar

Unfortunately, sugar is not always conveniently labeled as "sugar" in the ingredients list. The food industry has discovered new ways to hide the amount of added sugar in their products by disguising them as different names that don't seem so bad. Brown rice is healthy so that means brown rice syrup is too, right? 

Dr. Lustig's book Sugar Has 56 Names: A Shopper's Guide is enlightening for those who may not realize the extent that sugar is added to our food products. 


Fifty-six names for sugar: 
  1. Agave nectar* 
  2. Barbados sugar* 
  3. Barley malt 
  4. Beet sugar* 
  5. Blackstrap molasses* 
  6. Brown rice syrup* 
  7. Brown sugar* 
  8. Buttered syrup* 
  9. Cane juice crystals* 
  10. Cane sugar* 
  11. Caramel* 
  12. Carob syrup* 
  13. Castor sugar* 
  14. Confectioner’s sugar* 
  15. Corn syrup 
  16. Corn syrup solids 
  17. Crystalline fructose* 
  18. Date sugar* 
  19. Demerara sugar* 
  20. Dextran
  21. Dextrose 
  22. Diastatic malt 
  23. Diatase 
  24. Ethyl maltol 
  25. Evaporated cane juice* 
  26. Florida crystals* 
  27. Fructose* 
  28. Fruit juice* 
  29. Fruit juice concentrate* 
  30. Galactose 
  31. Glucose 
  32. Glucose solids 
  33. Golden sugar* 
  34. Golden syrup* 
  35. Grape sugar* 
  36. High-fructose corn syrup* 
  37. Honey* 
  38. Icing sugar* 
  39. Invert sugar* 
  40. Lactose 
  41. Malt syrup 
  42. Maltose
  43. Maple syrup* 
  44. Molasses* 
  45. Muscovado sugar* 
  46. Organic raw sugar* 
  47. Panocha* 
  48. Raw sugar* 
  49. Refiner’s syrup* 
  50. Rice syrup 
  51. Sorghum syrup* 
  52. Sucrose* 
  53. Sugar* 
  54. Treacle* 
  55. Turbinado sugar* 
  56. Yellow sugar* 
*Contains fructose
The FDA considers sugar to be any one of the following six compounds: glucose, galactose, fructose, maltose (glucose-glucose), lactose (glucose-galactose), and sucrose (glucose-fructose).

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