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The Many Names of Sugar

So you know eating sugar is bad for you, but do you know how to identify all forms of sugar that will cause just as much issue as plain “sugar”? Here are the different names that sugar can appear in food labels – print the list out an create a “cheat list” for your next grocery trip: 

  • Brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, powdered sugar
  • Cane juice/evaporated cane juice
  • Corn syrups
  • Dextrose, or glucose, aka corn sugar
  • High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • Honey
  • Lactose, or milk sugar
  • Levulose, or fructose
  • Raw sugar
  • Sorbitol, mannitol, malitol and xylitol (sugar alcohol)
  • Sucrose, or table sugar

In general, watch out for anything with “sugar”, “-ose” or “-ol”