Hidden names for Sugar: How to be a smart buyer?


As important it is to have knowledge about why we crave sugar and the ill effects of sugar; the next step is how to avoid it. It’s important to understand that sugar goes by many, many names and even if you have stopped consuming white sugar or table sugar, there are still forms of it which you might be consuming. Those will stop the weight loss and trying to get healthier journey because, well, because they are sugar. Consuming foods with hidden sugars will also stop you from giving it up and the withdrawal symptoms will prolong or the addiction will never go away. It’s very difficult to quit sugar because of it’s addictive properties but also because it is available all around us. So we need to be aware of all the names that sugar masquerades by in order to completely avoid it. Below is a list of names of all sugar names found in many foods today. I am sure corporations and businesses will find more clever ways to use newer terms for sugar to sneak into food products, but here I have compiled about 60 ALTERNATIVE NAMES FOR SUGAR. To find out which products contain these sugars, you can read this blog on five examples of unhealthy foods.

Some of the most common names for sugar are:

Glucose, fructose, sucrose, maltose, lactose, raw sugar, natural sugar, brown sugar, demerara sugar, honey, raw honey, powdered sugar, beet sugar, buttered sugar, carob sugar, confectioner’s sugar, castor sugar, icing sugar, organic raw sugar, grape sugar, granulated sugar, date sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, inverted sugar, sugar solids, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate, caramel, golden syrup, agave nectar, coconut sugar, jaggery, coconut palm sugar, jaggery syrup, dates syrup, cane juice, rice syrup, malt syrup, glucose solids, golden syrup, golden nectar, fruit nectar, evaporated cane juice, sorghum syrup, malt syrup, oat syrup, tapioca syrup, hydrolysed starch, maltodextrin, corn syrup solids, barley malt, dextrin, dextran, diastase,  monosodium glutamate.

White it seems almost ridiculous that sugar could have so many names, its sadly true. It’s crucial to be aware of these names for anyone trying to lose weight, get healthy or suffers from sugar or insulin related disorders (diabetes type I and II, PCOS, leaky gut, candida/yeast, inflammation, Alzheimer’s disease, non alcoholic fatty liver etc). Give up sugar and enjoy the benefits. Your health with thank you! You can switch to one or two alternative sweeteners. You can read about which alternative sweeteners to use (and avoid) and also join me for a 30 days no sugar challenge in 2017 to reach towards a fitter, healthier you. As a guideline, you should try to avoid sugar in food products you purchase but you can find the general guidelines to be a smart buyer here.

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