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Names Of Different Sugars

By September 9, 2009 20 Comments

sugar2Make a mental list of what you ate today… How much of it contained sugar?  I have a feeling quite a bit of it contained sugar even if it isn’t obvious at first glance.  I believe the dramatic increase in sugar consumption the past 50 years is one of the biggest culprits in today’s obesity epidemic.  That includes the fake sugars found in diet sodas and “low carb” products.

In my grocery shopping tours, I teach people to read the ingredients label and that the ingredients are listed in the order of quantity… meaning the first ingredient is the most prevalent in the food you are going to eat.  When those on the tour start to read the ingredients they are amazed at how much sugar is in foods and how many different names there are for it.

One of the biggest problems with sugar is that it sends blood sugar levels up quickly; since this would be toxic to the bloodstream, insulin quickly comes to the rescue and shuttles the sugar to either the muscles or liver (if they were depleted) or store it as fat.  If you are eating sugar at times when you are not very active (night time) this will almost always get stored as fat.  To make matters worse, sugar doesn’t provide much nutrients and doesn’t do a good job at signaling to the body that it is full and satisfied from eating sugar, so you then eat more, whether it is more sugar or something else.

sugar4If many of the products you buy used only one form of sugar instead of 3-6, I would bet that many of these products would contain sugar as the first ingredient.

A great site to check out to visually see how much sugar is in your favorite foods and products is http://www.sugarstacks.com/

Keep in mind not all sugar is created equal; fructose which is found in fruits, doesn’t affect blood sugar quite as much as some other forms of sugar. Also eating fruit is great because it provides you with so many other benefits through fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.  So take home message:  Don’t stop eating fruit!

I received a great email awhile back of a list of 56 names of sugar.  This is great, because now you can recognize when a product contains sugar even if it doesn’t say “Sugar.”

Here are the 56 names of sugar:

sugar31. Barley malt
2. Barbados sugar
3. Beet sugar
4. Brown sugar
5. Buttered syrup
6. Cane juice
7. Cane sugar
8. Caramel
9. Corn syrup
10. Corn syrup solids
11. Confectioner’s sugar
12. Carob syrup
13. Castor sugar
14. Date sugar
15. Dehydrated cane juice
16. Demerara sugar
17. Dextran
18. Dextrose
19. Diastatic malt
20. Diatase
21. Ethyl maltol
22. Free Flowing Brown Sugars
23. Fructose
24. Fruit juice
25. Fruit juice concentrate
26. Galactose
27. Glucose
28. Glucose solids
29. Golden sugar
30. Golden syrup
31. Grape sugar
32. HFCS  (High Frustose Corn Syrup… Very Bad!)
33. Honey
34. Icing sugar
35. Invert sugar
36. Lactose
37. Malt
38. Maltodextrin
39. Maltose
40. Malt syrup
41. Mannitol
42. Maple syrup
43. Molasses
44. Muscovado
45. Panocha
46. Powdered Sugar
47. Raw sugar
48. Refiner’s syrup
49. Rice syrup
50. Sorbitol
51. Sorghum syrup
52. Sucrose
53. Sugar (granulated)
54. Treacle
55. Turbinado sugar
56. Yellow sugar

Bonus (Fake Sugars):

Splenda

Aspartame

Are there any sugars that this list missed?  Any Comments or suggestions?