61 different Names For Sugar

Sugar; you know it’s bad for you so you do the right thing and try not to eat too many cakes, sweets, candies, and desserts. You might have stopped adding sugar to your coffee too and even made the switch to diet soda. Not that artificial sweeteners are a whole lot better than sugar but that’s another story.

All of these strategies are a good way to lower your sugar intake and yet, a large percentage of the population still consumes way too much sugar.

The problem is that, even if you cut obvious sugar from your diet, it is often hidden away in foods that you might be forgiven for thinking contain little or no sugar. Sugar is often concealed in plain sight by food manufacturers and given names that disguise the presence of sugar.

The thing is, when you see sugar on a food label, this refers solely to the presence of sucrose or table sugar. If a nutrition label says 5 grams of sugar, it means the food you are considering eating contains around one teaspoon of sucrose. However, other sugars are not listed the same way and are counted as part of the carbohydrate content despite being sugars too. Those food manufacturers are very sneaky!

So why the underhanded and intentionally deceptive labelling?

Quite simply, the food manufacturers know that many of us are on the lookout for sugar and want to try and avoid it. By hiding the sugar content in plain sight, they aren’t breaking any laws but people who are less label-savvy are duped into eating more sugar than they might otherwise want to.

Adding sugar to foods makes you want to eat more of it. That’s why sugar turns up in some pretty obscure foods that it really doesn’t belong in. Potato chips and soups are good examples, and more than 70% of processed foods are also loaded with sugar.

Sugar, in any form, is addictive. You’ll know this already if you have ever tried to give up sugar. But sugar addiction is good for food manufacturers; it means you’ll keep on spending your hard-earned money on the food they want you to buy. However, all the sugar is not only bad for your teeth and your weight but bad for your healthy too. Excess sugar consumption is inextricably linked to a host of serious medical conditions. From Alzheimer’s disease to cancer to heart disease to diabetes – sugar is the leading cause.

By being more sugar aware, you are less likely to inadvertently consume too much sugar. Make sure you not only check the nutrition label but also the ingredients list on the food you buy. Remain vigilant and be on the lookout for sugar and it’s many different names.

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Check out the list below to discover 61 different names for sugar…

  1. Agave nectar
  2. Barbados sugar
  3. Barley malt
  4. Barley malt syrup
  5. Beet sugar
  6. Brown sugar
  7. Buttered syrup
  8. Cane juice
  9. Cane juice crystals
  10. Cane sugar
  11. Caramel
  12. Carob syrup
  13. Castor sugar
  14. Coconut palm sugar
  15. Coconut sugar
  16. Confectioner’s sugar
  17. Corn sweetener
  18. Corn syrup
  19. Corn syrup solids
  20. Date sugar
  21. Dehydrated cane juice
  22. Demerara sugar
  23. Dextrin
  24. Dextrose
  25. Evaporated cane juice
  26. Free-flowing brown sugars
  27. Fructose
  28. Fruit juice
  29. Fruit juice concentrate
  30. Glucose
  31. Glucose solids
  32. Golden sugar
  33. Golden syrup
  34. Grape sugar
  35. HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup)
  36. Honey
  37. Icing sugar
  38. Invert sugar
  39. Malt syrup
  40. Maltodextrin
  41. Maltol
  42. Maltose
  43. Mannose
  44. Maple syrup
  45. Molasses
  46. Muscovado
  47. Palm sugar
  48. Panocha
  49. Powdered sugar
  50. Raw sugar
  51. Refiner’s syrup
  52. Rice syrup
  53. Saccharose
  54. Sorghum Syrup
  55. Sucrose
  56. Sugar (granulated)
  57. Sweet Sorghum
  58. Syrup
  59. Treacle
  60. Turbinado sugar
  61. Yellow sugar

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    • Hi Irmine,
      Maple Syrup is a natural sugar. This is a list of all the names that exist for sugar. And that’s why is in the list. Same applies to Fructose for example.

  1. Hi,
    I am trying to quit sugar. Over the last few days, I have had just a tiny bit in my breakfast porridge but nothing else at all during the day. I have had a lot of fruit though and some fresh orange juice and some raisins when I craved something sweet but I have not had many cravings. I felt better immediately, from day one. I feel less tired and more alert mentally. Also, I don’t feel the urge to keep eating biscuits or chocolate. I have lost a bit of weight too and that is a real bonus. It will be interesting to see what happens if I can keep it up.

    • Hi Siobhan,

      I’m so happy to read your words, sounds exactly like when I started.Hope your story motivate others to reduce and avoid sugar. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day, good luck with your journey.

  2. I am so tired of feeling bloated and craving all sorts of refined sugars and carbs. I decided to try a sugar free diet after reading your article and watching a fabulous documentary. While it’s only been one day, I feel a difference already! Thank you!

    • Hi Micheke,

      Thanks for your words. I feel very honoured to know my words have motivated you to get rid of sugar and you already feel the benefits of it. That’s awesome ! Could you share the documentary please ? Good luck on your journey as you will feel better and better everyday, I can ensure you that. Have a great day.

  3. I am on day 51 of cutting sugar out of my life. While it’s not all gone because as you’ve said it is in everything, I am scanning labels to try and stay “clean”.
    I noticed right away my tastes changed and cravings for sweets disappeared. My only vice is chocolate and that is taken care of with chocolate flavoured protein powder and the occasional square of 75% dark chocolate. For some weird reason I no longer crave coffee. I used to wake up in the morning thinking about it ! It wasn’t for caffeine either because I’ve been drinking decaf for years.
    Fat melted off my body and energy returned. I feel great.

    • Hi Carol ! Wowww so happy to hear that. Getting rid of sugar was a real life changer to me, and that’s why I started to learn more and write about it, to motivate others to feel the same. And more is about to come. Life is all about experimenting and learn with our mistakes. Have a great day, and thanks a lot for sharing your journey, you have made my day <3

  4. Hello,
    I am a male (40 years, European) and I do not eat added sugar since February this year (7 months already). I do not eat any sweets, sugary drinks, no fruit juice, no sugary meat products (salami etc. contains lots of sugar! – and in fact I only eat small fish when it comes to meat) and I must say it is very good. My weigt went down from 95 kg (209 pounds) to 85 kg (187 pounds). I have also replaced fruit with vegetables, as fruit contains lots of sugar.

    • HI Boris,

      Thanks for your feedback. Yes, it’s amazing how you can easily lose weight only reducing added sugar from your diet. It’s easy, simple and free. That’s why I motivate everybody to at least try the challenge and experience the results. If you allow me to only point one thing about your comment. Fruit contains a lot of natural sugar, along with vitamins and fiber. Natural sugar present in fruit is not processed in the same way as the added sugar of chocolate, candies, and commercial cereals. I continue to eat everyday fruit for breakfast and I highly recommend it, especially for breakfast. I’ve written about the differences between added and natural occurring sugar on this article. Have a great day.

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