Spotting Sugar in Your Food

Are you able to recognize all the names for sugar in your food? Some of it can be tricky. There are usually several kinds used in a product.

It’s important to know what you are eating. Ultimately, it’s just better to make it yourself so you have more control over what you put in your body. You only have one you after all, so take care of it. If you have to have sugar, some choices are better than others. I’ll save that for another post.

It doesn’t matter what it is called, it is still sugar. If you have too much it will adversely effect your health.

Names that mean sugar:

  • Agave
  • Agave Nectar
  • Barbados Sugar
  • Barley Malt
  • Barley Malt Extract
  • Beet Sugar
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Brown sugar syrup

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    First 4 ingredients: Tapioca syrup, pear juice concentrate, cane sugar and tapioca syrup solids
  • Buttered Syrup
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Caramel color
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Corn sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
  • Crystalline Fructose
  • D-mannose
  • Date sugar
  • Dehydrated Cane Juice
  • Demerara sugar
    Toaster pastries from the health food section. Cane sugar, invert cane syrup, pomegranate juice concentrate, dextrose, honey and molasses. Still sugar. At least it’s better than the ingredients in Pop Tarts.


  • Dextran
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Diastatic malt
  • Diatase
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Evaporated Cane Syrup
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Granulated sugar
  • Grape sugar
  • High-fructose corn syrup (or HFCS)
  • High-maltose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Mannitol
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Neotame
  • Organic raw sugar
  • Panocha
  • Powdered sugar

    Hostess Donettes: Barley malt, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, tapicoa dextrin and corn dextrin.
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Rice Syrup
  • Saccharose
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sucralose –(Splenda)
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Syrup
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado Sugar
  • Xylose
  • Yellow sugar

sugar alcohol

  • xylitol
  • glycol
  • glycerol
  • erythritol
  • threitol
  • arabitol
  • ribitol
  • mannitol
  • sorbitol
  • dulicitol
  • iditol
  • isomalt
  • maltitol
  • lacitiol
  • polyglycitol

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