Sugar By Any Other Name…

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Consuming sugar is not healthy for our bodies, and it messes with our brains. In fact, according to Forbes Magazine a study done by Connecticut College on lab rats comparing preference of Oreos and addictive drugs like Cocaine and Heroin, “Oreos are in fact more addictive than cocaine or heroin.” What this means is the rats preferred Oreo cookies, i.e., sugar, over Cocaine and Heroin. Given this information, as consumers reading labels in the store, it would be helpful to know all the names for sugar. The use of numerous sugar synonyms seems a bit shady. It is unethical. It is a sneaky way for food companies to disclose sugar in their products. This list is lengthy and scary. Remember, not all sugars are created equal. However, all of these listed below will spike insulin levels which in turn can lead to obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and numerous other devastating diseases.

 

Agave Nectar

Anhydrous Dextrose

Barbados Sugar

Barley Malt

Barley Malt Syrup

Beet Sugar

Brown Sugar

Buttered Syrup

Cane Juice

Cane Juice Crystals

Cane Sugar

Caramel

Carbitol

Carob Syrup

Castor Syrup

Coconut Palm Sugar

Coconut Sugar

Confectioner’s Sugar

Corn Sweetener

Corn Syrup

Corn Syrup Solids

Crystal Dextrose

Crystalline Fructose

Date Sugar

Dehydrated Cane Juice

Demerara Sugar

Dextrin

Dextrose

Diastatic Malt

Diatase

Diglycerides

D-ribose

Disaccharides

Erythritol

Ethyl Maltol

Evaporated Cane Juice

Florida Crystals

Free-Flowing Brown Sugars

Fructose

Fruit Juice

Fructooligosaccharides

Fruit Juice Concentrate

Galactose

Glucitol

Glucoamine

Glucose

Glucose Solids

Golden Sugar

Golden Syrup

Grape Sugar

Hexitol

High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Honey

Icing Sugar

Inversol

Invert Sugar

Isomalt

Lactose

Malt Syrup

Maltodextrin

Maltol

Maltose

Malts

Mannitol

Mannose

Maple Syrup

Molasses

Muscovado

Nectars

Oligofructan

Oligofructose

Palm Sugar

Pancake Syrup

Panocha

Pentose

Powdered Sugar

Raisin Syrup

Raw Sugar

Refiner’s Syrup

Ribose Rice Syrup

Rice Syrup

Rice Syrup Solids

Saccharose

Sorbitol

Sorghum Syrup

Sucanat

Sucrose

Sugar (granulated)

Sweet Sorghum

Syrup

Treacle

Turbinado Sugar

Xylitol

Xylose

Yellow Sugar

 

While the list is long, I am sure a few sugar synonyms are missing. If you know of any other names used for sugar on food labels, please let us know in the comments. Knowledge is the power behind choice. One last thought to leave you with from Forbes Magazine: Cocaine and heroin are less addictive than Oreos. Which makes you wonder why people go to prison for selling the drugs but not for selling the cookies, especially since Oreos and similar foods “may present even more of a danger.”

 

Thank you for reading.

J. R. Lowe

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