I’ve read articles in the past about the varying names for sugar from the likes of Women’s Health, Prevention.com and the Institute for Responsible Nutrition. They’ve all focused on learning to recognise the names so you can avoid them but none of them have numbered the amount of sugar aliases at 61 names for sugar.


There are many different opinions on how bad sugar is for you. It has seen its share of bad publicity, but whether you believe it to be good, bad or are indifferent to the effects of sugar on your body, how can you take a stance when you don’t even know it’s there?


Added sugar is hiding in 74% of packaged food sold in supermarkets. This is according to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With 61 names for sugar is it even possible to know offhand when sugar is present in that item you’re pulling off a shelf?


Education is the key. By learning the 61 names for sugar, and all the other alternative names for product, you will be empowering yourself to make the best choices for you. So let’s start learning…


The 61 names for sugar are:


  1. Agave nectar.
  2. Barbados sugar.
  3. Barley malt.
  4. Barley malt syrup.
  5. Beet sugar.
  6. Brown sugar.
  7. Buttered syrup.
  8. Cane juice.
  9. Cane juice crystals.
  10. Cane sugar.
  11. Caramel.
  12. Carob syrup.
  13. Castor sugar.
  14. Coconut palm sugar.
  15. Coconut sugar.
  16. Confectioner’s sugar.
  17. Corn sweetener.
  18. Corn syrup.
  19. Corn syrup solids.
  20. Date sugar.
  21. Dehydrated cane juice.
  22. Demerara sugar.
  23. Dextrin.
  24. Dextrose.
  25. Evaporated cane juice.
  26. Free-flowing brown sugars.
  27. Fructose.
  28. Fruit juice.
  29. Fruit juice concentrate.
  30. Glucose.
  31. Glucose solids.
  32. Golden sugar.
  33. Golden syrup.
  34. Grape sugar.
  35. HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup).
  36. Honey.
  37. Icing sugar.
  38. Invert sugar.
  39. Malt syrup.
  40. Maltodextrin.
  41. Maltol.
  42. Maltose.
  43. Mannose.
  44. Maple syrup.
  45. Molasses.
  46. Muscovado.
  47. Palm sugar.
  48. Panocha.
  49. Powdered sugar.
  50. Raw sugar.
  51. Refiner’s syrup.
  52. Rice syrup.
  53. Saccharose.
  54. Sorghum Syrup.
  55. Sucrose.
  56. Sugar (granulated).
  57. Sweet Sorghum.
  58. Syrup.
  59. Treacle.
  60. Turbinado sugar.
  61. Yellow sugar.


The next time you go shopping, pick up an item; Now check the list of ingredients against this list of 61 names of sugar. You might be surprised to discover just how much sugar the food you consume contains.

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