How to Spot Hidden Sugar in Any Food (Including 50 Other Names for the White Stuff!)


Can you believe there are 50 different names for sugar?

No wonder it’s tough to look at ingredient lists and really know what you’re getting!

Even supposed “health foods” often contain hidden sugars disguised under “natural” or fancy names that almost sound good for you. 

But make no mistake – they are far from good for you! Anything with sugar spikes your blood sugar levels and works like glue for your digestive tract, liver, and brain.

And the scary part is that more than 80% of the packaged foods you buy in the grocery stores come with hidden sugars!

That’s a lot to look out for with many confusing names, which is why it’s important that you check labels carefully, especially on foods that are likely suspects including:

  • Bread
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Cookies
  • Snack foods and other processed foods
  • Soda and other carbonated beverages
  • Chewing gum
  • Chewable vitamins
  • Desserts and dessert mixes
  • Diet foods
  • Frozen foods
  • Protein bars and breakfast bars
  • Juices
  • Jam
  • Yogurt
  • Tomato sauce 

Among those foods, what many people don’t realize is that the same ingredient list can have 3 or 4 different types of sugar! 

So keep this list at the ready next time you’re at the grocery store wondering what’s really inside the foods you buy.

The 50 Different Names for Sugar:

  1. Brown sugar
  2. Cane juice
  3. Cane sugar (or cane sugar extract)
  4. Caramel
  5. Carob syrup
  6. Caster sugar
  7. Confectioner’s sugar
  8. Dehydrated cane juice
  9. Demerara
  10. Dextran
  11. Dextrose
  12. Ethyl maltol
  13. Fructose (the worst sugar of them all)
  14. Galactose
  15. Golden syrup
  16. Glucose
  17. Glucose solids
  18. Gluco-malt
  19. Invert sugar
  20. Lactose
  21. Malt
  22. Malt syrup
  23. Maltodextrin
  24. Maltose
  25. Muscovado sugar
  26. Molasses
  27. Panela
  28. Rapadura
  29. Raw sugar
  30. Refiners syrup
  31. Sorghum syrup
  32. Sucrose
  33. Treacle
  34. Turbinado sugar

Derived from other natural sources (but still sugar!):

  1. Agave nectar
  2. Barley malt syrup
  3. Beet sugar
  4. Brown rice syrup
  5. Coconut sugar
  6. Corn sugar
  7. Corn syrup
  8. Corn syrup solids
  9. Date sugar
  10. Fruit juice concentrate
  11. Fruit sugar
  12. High fructose corn syrup
  13. Honey (including raw honey)
  14. Karo
  15. Maple syrup
  16. Palm sugar  

So what’s a better alternative to all of those nasty sugars? Look for organic liquid stevia or lo han berry (AKA monkfruit) instead of all of these ingredients. They won’t spike your blood sugar, won’t mess with your digestion, and – best of all – won’t fill you with toxic artificial sweeteners.

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Dr. Daryl

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