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45 Other Names for Sugar.

The other day, I was reading the ingredients for a so-called “healthy” snack bar that I was eating. The first ingredient listed was brown rice syrup. Though everyone knows that brown rice is healthy, syrup is often a code word for sugar. So, I did what any connected consumer might do.

I Googled it.

Turns out, brown rice syrup is a sweetener. And though it’s often organic and it does contain some trace vitamins and minerals, it’s really just another word for sugar. In other words, despite the deceptive labeling, the primary ingredient for my snack bar was none other than sugar.

Surely, I wasn’t the only one fooled by the packaging. And so I thought it would be helpful to put together a list of other food ingredients that are really just sugar in disguise.

  1. Barley malt.
  2. Beet sugar.
  3. Brown sugar.
  4. High fructose corn syrup.
  5. Corn sugar.
  6. Cane sugar.
  7. Corn syrup.
  8. Brown rice syrup.
  9. Cane-juice crystals.
  10. Carob syrup.
  11. Yellow sugar.
  12. Date sugar.
  13. Dextran.
  14. Dextrose.
  15. Diatase.
  16. Diastatic malt.
  17. Levulose.
  18. Ethyl maltol.
  19. Fructose.
  20. Glucose.
  21. Grape sugar.
  22. Fruit juice.
  23. Maltose.
  24. Maltodextrin.
  25. Honey.
  26. Fruit juice concentrate.
  27. Raw sugar.
  28. Sucrose.
  29. Sorbitol.
  30. Molasses.
  31. Mannitol.
  32. Demerara sugar.
  33. Galactose.
  34. Maple syrup.
  35. Panocha.
  36. Powdered sugar.
  37. Confectioner’s sugar.
  38. Treacle.
  39. Turbinado sugar.
  40. Caramel.
  41. Ethyl maltol.
  42. Treacle.
  43. Sorghum syrup.
  44. Muscovado sugar.
  45. Agave.

Consumers beware! Labels tend to be very tricky and manufactures go to great lengths to make their products seem healthier. If you see any of the above ingredients, know that that it’s just another name for sugar.

If you can think of any additional names for sugar, share them in the comments below!