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The Many Names of Sugar

February 14, 2022 | Healthy Diet

Those of you who are religious (and even those who are not) may have learned in the past that the Devil comes in many guises and has many names, presumably to more easily tempt fallible human beings.

Well, the intentions of this blog are far more down-to-earth…nutrition, exercise and health. In our world there is also a “devil” and boy-oh-boy does he have many names. The devil of our world is….sugar. To be a little more precise, added sugar. One of the advantages of ‘real food’ is there is very little or no added sugar.

If you look at the list of ingredients, how do you know if there is added sugar? Here are some of the names that added sugar can go by on the ingredient list:

  • high fructose corn syrup
  • juice concentrate
  • agave
  • honey
  • molasses
  • evaporated or dehydrated cane juice
  • raw cane crystals
  • malt syrup
  • brown rice syrup
  • beet sugar
  • crystalline dextrose
  • fruit nectar

The website Sugar Science keeps track of all the names sugar can be identified on an ingredient list. At last count there were 61 (not a typo!) names for ‘sugar’ that have appeared on ingredient lists.

There is hope. If you really want to know the amount of added sugar in the foods you’re buying – check out this blog.

By Dr. Michael Bilof

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