Hidden Names of Sugar Commonly Used in Foods

These days sugar is added into most of our food. But do you know manufactures also uses other name other than the obvious ‘sugar’ in the ingredients list?

Let’s start by looking the ingredient list. The first item in the list is the food that makes up the highest percentage.  Also a point to note is that sugar = sucrose. Sucrose (aka table sugar) is the scientific name for sugar. So make sure you don’t get confused.  The 2 important sources of sugar are sugarcane and sugar beets.

Sucrose = glucose + fructose

Cane sugar = 100% sucrose

Here I have compiled a list of 20 uncommon names for sugar excluding names that has the word ‘sugar’ or ‘syrup’ in it.

  1. Barley malt
  2. Cane juice crystals
  3. Caramel
  4. Dextran
  5. Dextrose
  6. Diastatic malt
  7. Diatase
  8. Ethyl maltol
  9. Fruit juice
  10. Fruit juice concentrate
  11. Galactose
  12. Lactose
  13. Maltodextrin
  14. Maltose
  15. Molasses
  16. Panocha
  17. Sorbitol
  18. Treacle
  19. Evaporated cane juice
  20. Agave nectar

For further reading: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/agave-glucose-and-other-names-sugar/1-sucrose

Here’s another interesting read:  141 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health

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