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The different names of sugar hiding in your food

The different names of sugar hiding in your food


I’m one of the people who thought fat was always the enemy. But after committing to a 30-day no-sugar diet, I dropped more weight than I did with any other weight loss plan. In a month, I’ve lost six pounds, my metabolism improved, and my skin got better. It was a big feat considering that I really, really love sweets.

Just so you know, your daily added-sugar consumption should be no more than 10 percent of your total caloric intake. During a World Health Organization press conference in 2014, a panel wanted to halve the amount down to five percent, or 25 g. of the sweet stuff per day.

Food manufacturers all over the world have mastered the art of hiding added sugar in almost everything. When food is being processed, sugar is added to enhance the flavor, change the texture, or extend the shelf life of the product. And just because something doesn’t taste sweet, that doesn’t mean there’s no sugar in it. Processed food and bread contain a high amount of sugar as well. This is because more often than not, sugar is listed under different names on ingredients lists.



Also known as table sugar, sucrose is the most common type of sugar and is commonly found in fruits and plants. It consists of 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup

HFCS is a popular sweetener produced from corn starch. There are several types of HFCS but two of the most common are HFCS 55 (55 percent fructose, 45 percent glucose) and HFCS 90 (90 percent fructose). Just thinking about that makes my teeth ache.

Agave Nectar

Agave nectar or agave syrup is often used as a healthy alternative to regular sugar. It’s considered healthy because it doesn’t spike blood sugar, unlike other varieties. Be wary of the amount, though. Agave nectar contains nearly 70 to 90 percent fructose, which when taken excessively can become worse than white sugar.

Everyday condiments like ketchup, mustard, and BBQ sauce all contain sugar.

Below are the other aliases of sugar, in case you need it for your next trip to the grocery:

  1. Blackstrap molasses
  2. Confectioner’s sugar
  3. Date sugar
  4. Diastatic malt
  5. Florida Crystals
  6. Galactose
  7. Golden syrup
  8. Icing sugar
  9. Maltodextrin
  10. Muscovado
  11. Refiner’s syrup
  12. Barbados sugar
  13. Brown sugar
  14. Caramel
  15. Corn syrup
  16. Demerara sugar
  17. Diatase
  18. Fructose
  19. Glucose
  20. Grape sugar
  21. Invert sugar
  22. Maltose
  23. Organic raw sugar
  24. Rice syrup
  25. Treacle
  26. Barley malt
  27. Buttered syrup
  28. Carob syrup
  29. Corn syrup solids
  30. Dextran
  31. Ethyl maltol
  32. Fruit juice
  33. Glucose solids
  34. Lactose
  35. Maple syrup
  36. Panocha
  37. Sorghum syrup
  38. Turbinado sugar
  39. Beet sugar
  40. Cane juice crystals
  41. Castor sugar
  42. Crystalline fructose
  43. Dextrose
  44. Evaporated cane juice
  45. Fruit juice concentrate
  46. Golden sugar
  47. Honey
  48. Malt syrup
  49. Molasses
  50. Raw sugar
  51. Yellow sugar

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Writer: BEA LLAGAS © 2020. Hinge Inquirer Publications, Inc.