Most people are unaware of all the names of sugar ... are you one of them? Could you spot a hidden sugar?
Just look at the full chart below. This is just a glimpse of all the names.
Why Are There So Many Names Of Sugar?
If we want to really read and understand labels so we can avoid sugar, we need to know all the tricks of the trade and how sugar hides from us.
Food manufacturers are getting savvy, knowing if sugar is high on their ingredient list, their product isn't exactly going to fly off the shelf. So what do they do?
Disguise/hide the sugar PLUS use multiple versions of sugar
Firstly they disguise sugar under all these different names knowing people don't associate many of these with just plain old sugar.
Secondly, they use multiple versions of sugar.
Ingredients are listed in order of the quantity present in that product. If a product has more sugar than anything else, sugar will be the first ingredient on the list. Now food manufacturers know that if sugar is no.1 on the list, people probably won't buy it.
They want sugar to be as far down the list as possible so they use multiple types of sugar. Now that each type of sugar is individually smaller each one will appear further down the ingredient list, giving you the impression sugar is no longer the number 1 ingredient.
So remember all the names of sugar, and add them up. Look at the nutrition label for total sugar per serving as well as the ingredient list.
And don't be fooled by "no added sugars" or "refined sugar-free". These are just sneaky marketing tactics.
A product may still be high with naturally occurring sugars, coconut sugar, dried fruit or some high-sugar fruit syrup.
Sugar is sugar no matter what you call it.
What other names of sugar have you discovered? These aren't all of them.