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Sugar in Disguise on Nutrition Facts Labels

Sugar disguising synonyms on Nutrition Facts labels


There are many different names for sugar. Two common ways the food manufacturers use to disguise sugar on food labels is to use a long, scientific sounding word or to rename the sugar altogether.

One of the easiest ways to recognize sugar on a food label is by recognizing the “-ose” suffix. When you find listed ingredients that end with –ose suffix, there’s a good chance it is sugar. Just because a listed ingredient doesn’t end with -ose suffix, however, doesn’t mean it isn’t sugar. There are plenty of other names that may or may not sound like sugar.

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Below is a wide spectrum of sugar disguising synonyms used in the ingredient list on Nutrition Facts label —ultimately, they all mean the same evil-doer: The “sugar.”

Watch for these sneaky “added sugar” ingredients when reading food labels.

  • Agave Nectar
  • Barbados Sugar
  • Barley Malt
  • Barley Malt Syrup
  • Beet Sugar
  • Blackstrap Molasses
  • Brown Sugar
  • Buttered Syrup
  • Cane Crystals
  • Cane Juice
  • Cane Juice Crystals
  • Cane Juice solids
  • Cane Sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob Syrup
  • Castor Sugar
  • Corn Sweetener
  • Corn Syrup
  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Crystalline Fructose
  • Date Sugar
  • Dehydrated Cane Juice
  • Dehydrated Fruit Juice
  • Demerara Sugar
  • Dextran Malt Syrup
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Diatase
  • Diatastic Malt
  • Ethyl Maltol
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Florida Crystals
  • Fructose
  • Fruit Juice
  • Fruit Juice Concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Glucose Solids
  • Golden Sugar
  • Golden Syrup
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Grape Juice Concentrate
  • Grape Sugar
  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Honey
  • Icing Sugar
  • Invert Sugar
  • Lactose
  • Malt Syrup
  • Malted Barley Extract
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Mannitol
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado Syrup
  • Oligofructose
  • Organic Raw Sugar
  • Polydextrose
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Raw Sugar
  • Refined Sugar
  • Refiners’ Syrup
  • Rice Syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum Syrup
  • Sucralose
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar Syrup
  • Table Sugar
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado Sugar
  • Yellow Sugar



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