Over 50 Names for Sugar found on Labels

Healthy Vending // June 23, 2016 //

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Label reading can be quite daunting especially when it comes to snack vending machines. Sugar is often a hidden ingredient on the labels in processed foods. Among other things, it enhances flavor, promotes browning and aids in preservation; however, the high sugar content in foods comes with a trade off. Excessive sugar intake can lead to type 2 diabetes, contribute to metabolic syndrome and lead to excessive weight gain. The empty calories in sugar don’t provide any nutritional benefit to the body, which is why it is important to know other names for sugar on food labels. Here are some common alternative names for sugar:

  1. Barley malt
  2. Barbados sugar
  3. Beet sugar
  4. Brown sugar
  5. Buttered syrup
  6. Cane juice
  7. Cane sugar
  8. Caramel
  9. Corn syrup
  10. Corn syrup solids
  11. Confectioner’s sugar
  12. Carob syrup
  13. Castor sugar
  14. Date sugar
  15. Dehydrated cane juice
  16. Demerara sugar
  17. Dextran
  18. Dextrose
  19. Diastatic malt
  20. Diatase
  21. Ethyl maltol
  22. Free Flowing Brown Sugars
  23. Fructose
  24. Fruit juice
  25. Fruit juice concentrate
  26. Galactose
  27. Glucose
  28. Glucose solids
  29. Golden sugar
  30. Golden syrup
  31. Grape sugar
  32. HFCS (High Frustose Corn Syrup… Very Bad!)
  33. Honey
  34. Icing sugar
  35. Invert sugar
  36. Lactose
  37. Malt
  38. Maltodextrin
  39. Maltose
  40. Malt syrup
  41. Mannitol
  42. Maple syrup
  43. Molasses
  44. Muscovado
  45. Panocha
  46. Powdered Sugar
  47. Raw sugar
  48. Refiner’s syrup
  49. Rice syrup
  50. Sorbitol
  51. Sorghum syrup
  52. Sucrose
  53. Sugar (granulated)
  54. Treacle
  55. Turbinado sugar
  56. Yellow sugar

There are some “Fake Sugars” and Sugars that we’re often told that aren’t as bad for you that are worth researching as well:

  1. Splenda
  2. Aspertame
  3. Agave Nectar

The results are particularly shocking.  Read the labels and due your due diligence when researching. When you see the names and have questions about the health value of the sugar or possible issues, you can search the name in a search engine and find out a wealth of information on that particular type of sugar.

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