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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 prevention.com, organicauthority.com, and womenshealthmag.com)... 

  • 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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