Reading food labels can be quite a challenge sometimes.  The different names for ingredients are varied and sometimes unrecognisable.  This blog article is one of a series which you can use to help identify ingredients of interest – this week we’ll look at sugars.

If an something appears in the first three items on the ingredient list it generally means that the product contains quite a lot of it.  Food manufacturers can hide ingredients, though, by adding multiple types of the same ingredient, all with different names.

Someone asked me recently for a list to help them identify sugars in processed foods, so here it is.

Sugar, sugar, sugar

  • Agave nectar
  • Agave syrup
  • Barbados sugar
  • Barley malt extract
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Beet sugar
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Date sugar
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Diastatic malt
  • D-ribose
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Florida crystals
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Panela sugar
  • Panocha
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sucanat
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar (granulated)
  • Sweet sorghum
  • Syrup
  • Treacle
  • Treacle sugar
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar

Remember, too much sugar isn’t good for us.  For more info on added or extrinsic sugars, have a look here.

See you next week, Sweeties!


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