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Different Ways Sugar Is Added to Food – 56 Sugar Pseudonyms to Watch Out For

If you’ve ever tried to follow a keto diet or a low-carb diet, or if you’ve ever just wanted to cut out added sugars in your daily meals, you’ll notice something strange. Food companies put sugar in everything. No, seriously. It’s in close to everything. Even in foods that aren’t sweet at all. Sugar pseudonyms are used to sneak added sugar in without anyone finding out.

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Keep reading to find out all of the ways sugar is added to food without our knowledge! Sugar isn’t bad but too much of a sweet can have negative health consequences.

What is Sugar (and Sugar Pseudonyms) Added To

It’s not just desserts, sweets, or sugary drinks (such as sports drinks, sodas, vitamin water). Sugar is found in places you would not expect. Condiments like ketchup and BBQ, sauces like spaghetti sauce and cheese sauce, and many yogurts all have high amounts of added sugar!

Pre-made soups and other canned goods like beans tend to have high amounts of added sugar. Flavored coffee, cereals, granola bars, and protein bars all contain large quantities of sugar as well.

This is part of the reason low-fat diet items are not good for you; they replace fat with sugar fillers that can harm the body’s wellbeing.

Why Avoid Added Sugar

Eating too much sugar is incredibly bad for your health. High-sugar diets have been linked to obesity, coronary heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. High-sugar diets have also been found to disrupt the gut microbiota, causing sugar cravings and imbalanced intestinal flora.

However, because there is so much sugar hidden in foods, people often underestimate how much sugar they are actually consuming in their day-to-day lives. Many of these foods do not even taste sweet.

The daily dose recommended for women is 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, while men have a limit of 9 teaspoons of sugar.

56 Sugar Pseudonyms

The moment we’ve all been waiting for! The sweet list of pseudonyms. These do not add nutrition to meals, unlike complex carbohydrates. They are empty calories that have next to no benefit.

Here are all the different names for sugar. If you see these or any variation of these, know that your product has added sugar:

  1. Dextrose
  2. Fructose
  3. Galactose
  4. Glucose
  5. Lactose
  6. Maltose
  7. Sucrose
  8. Beet sugar
  9. Brown sugar
  10. Cane juice crystals
  11. Cane sugar
  12. Castor sugar
  13. Coconut sugar
  14. Confectioner’s sugar (aka, powdered sugar)
  15. Corn syrup solids
  16. Crystalline fructose
  17. Date sugar
  18. Demerara sugar
  1. Dextrin
  2. Diastatic malt
  3. Ethyl maltol
  4. Florida crystals
  5. Golden sugar
  6. Glucose syrup solids
  7. Grape sugar
  8. Icing sugar
  9. Maltodextrin
  10. Muscovado sugar
  11. Panela sugar
  12. Raw sugar
  13. Sugar (granulated or table)
  14. Sucanat
  15. Turbinado sugar
  16. Yellow sugar
  17. Agave Nectar/Syrup
  18. Barley malt
  1. Blackstrap molasses
  2. Brown rice syrup
  3. Buttered sugar/buttercream
  4. Caramel
  5. Carob syrup
  6. Corn syrup
  7. Evaporated cane juice
  8. Fruit juice
  9. Fruit juice concentrate
  10. Golden syrup
  11. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
  12. Honey
  13. Invert sugar
  14. Malt syrup
  15. Maple syrup
  16. Molasses
  17. Rice syrup
  18. Refiner’s syrup
  19. Sorghum syrup
  20. Treacle

The Takeaway

There are many ways the food industry adds sugar to food. This can be hidden with several different names for sugar. Sugar pseudonyms are sneaky ways sugar can be added to foods.

Many things with added sugar do not even taste sweet and do not add nutritional value to our daily diets.

To not consume an excess of sugar, we must read the nutritional label correctly and take note of the additives, preservatives, and added sugar.

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