Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Sugar by Any Other Name

For years I've been screaming about reading labels. Both my kids read labels. My husband is less vigilant, but he also doesn't do a whole lot of food shopping.

So, as we prepare to launch into a sugar detox in January, I thought I'd write some posts about this journey. The first thing is this: just because it doesn't read 'sugar' doesn't mean that it doesn't have added sugar.

Sugar has aliases. Seriously. A good rule of thumb is to look for any words that end in -ose. Keep an eye out for any ingredient with the word 'syrup'. Here are 50 of the most common aliases for sugar (sources include,, and 

  • Barley malt
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Date sugar
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextran
  • Dextrose
  • Diastatic malt
  • Diatase
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Panocha
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar

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