Sugar is everywhere - it is added to cans, snacks, pastries, ice creams, cakes, cookies, and other processed foods.
There are too many ‘hidden’ names for sugar, and some are very tricky. This makes it very hard to figure out if there is added sugar to a particular food.
In this article, you will find over 100 different names for sugar, why added sugar can be bad for you, and other commonly asked questions. Let’s jump right in!
What Exactly Is Sugar?
Sugar is made by extracting sugar juice from sugar beet or sugar cane plants. After that, many types of sugar are produced.
Chemically, sugar is considered a carbohydrate. When carbohydrates are consumed, they are digested and broken down into glucose.
This is the preferred energy source for cells throughout the human body, including your brain and central nervous system.
100+ Different Names For Sugar:
1. Agave nectar
2. Agave Syrup
3. Anhydrous Dextrose
4. Barbados sugar
5. Barley malt
6. Barley malt extract
7. Barley malt syrup
8. Beet juice concentrate
9. Beet sugar
10. Blackstrap Molasses 11. Brown cane sugar
12. Brown rice syrup
13. Brown sugar
14. Brown cane sugar
15. Buttered syrup
16. Cane crystals
17. Cane juice
18. Cane sugar
20. Carob syrup
21. Castor sugar
22. Coconut nectar
23. Coconut palm sugar
24. Coconut sugar
25. Confectioner’s sugar
26. Corn sweetener
27. Corn syrup
28. Crystal Dextrose
29. Crystalline Fructose
31. Date sugar
32. Dehydrated cane juice
33. Demerara sugar
37. Diastatic Malt
40. Ethyl Maltol
41. Evaporated cane juice
45. Fruit juice
46. Fruit juice concentrate
51. Golden sugar
52. Golden syrup
53. Granulated Sugar
54. Grape Juice Concentrate 55. Grape sugar
56. Hexitol57. HFCS
58. High-Fructose Corn Syrup
60. Icing sugar
62. Invert sugar
66. Liquid Fructose
67. Malt extract
68. Malt syrup
69. Malted Barley
77. Maple syrup
80. Muscovado Syrup
83. Palm sugar
84. Panela sugar
86. Pear Syrup
87. Powdered sugar
88. Raisin syrup
89. Raw cane sugar
90. Raw sugar
91. Rice malt
92. Rice maltodextrin
93. Rice syrup
96. Sorghum Syrup
98. Sugar 99. Sugarcane Molasses
100. Sweet Sorghum
102. Table Sugar
103. Tapioca Dextrin
106. Turbinado sugar
107. Wheat dextrin
110. Yellow sugar
Why Is There Added Sugar In (Nearly) Everything?
Sugar is added not only to make things sweet but for many other reasons. Some of the main ones include:
● Acts as a preservative
● Texture modifier
● Fermentation substrate
● Flavoring agent
● Coloring agent
● Bulking agent
Added sugar in moderation is okay. However, most foods are packed with added sugars, and people don’t even realize how much they consume.
The most common sources of added sugar include soda, fruit drinks, cereals, cookies, cakes, candy, flavored yogurts, bread, tomato sauce, and other processed foods.
What Are The Different Types Of Sugar?
● Glucose - Common sources of glucose are carbohydrates such as fruit, bread, pasta,and cereals. It can be metabolized by nearly every cell in your body.
● Fructose (Fruit sugar) - Found in its simplest form in fruits and some vegetables. It is metabolized almost entirely in the liver.
● Sucrose (Table sugar) - Naturally occurring carbohydrate in many fruits and plants. It is usually extracted from sugar cane or sugar beets. It consists of 50% glucose and 50%fructose bound together.
● Lactose (Dairy sugar) - A sugar naturally found in milk and milk products.
Are There Any “Natural Sugars”?
Naturally, fruits and vegetables contain small amounts of sugar, but they are nutrient-dense and provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial compounds.
Because of that, there’s no reason to avoid the sugar naturally present in whole foods..
Best Natural Sugars:
Best Natural Sugars:
● Monk fruit sweetener. It is a natural, zero-calorie sweetener from the mogroside, the sweetest part of the monk fruit. It has zero calories and carbs so that it won’t spike your blood sugar.
● Stevia. While it is naturally occurring, it is better to limit it since it is highly refined natural sugar. Its glycemic index is 1.
● Coconut sugar. It has a lower glycemic index (35) than white sugar (60 to 65). It won't spike your blood sugar as table sugar does.
● Agave syrup. Agave has a very low glycemic index (11 - 18) and may help you control your blood sugar.
● Dates. Unprocessed sweet fruit that contains fiber, various antioxidants, and several micronutrients. The glycemic index is 42.
● Pureed fruit. Better than other types since it naturally occurs in the fruit and is not processed. It has a low glycemic index and comes with fruit from vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
● Maple syrup. It is sourced straight from tree sap and goes through minimal processing. It contains a good amount of essential minerals like zinc and manganese.
Keep in mind that the digestive tract breaks down all sources of sugar into simple sugars called monosaccharides.
Ultimately, your body will not know if it came from table sugar or agave nectar.
As a rule of thumb, women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons or 24 grams of added sugar, and men - no more than 9 teaspoons or 36 grams of sugar.(1)
Is Sugar Bad For You?
Sugar naturally occurring in fruits and vegetables isn’t harmful and essential for good health.
However, added sugars contribute calories but no essential nutrients. Therefore, overeating added sugar could have many adverse health effects.
These include insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver disease, and type 2 diabetes.(1,2,3)
Eating too many foods and beverages that are processed and sweetened can also lead to weight gain, cavities, blood sugar problems, and an increased risk of heart disease.
Where To Find Low-Sugar Snacks?
Each snack featured in DeliciousDoor is not only low in sugar but also 100% plant-based, gluten-free and non-GMO.
All products are carefully curated to ensure they are high in protein or fiber. DeliciousDoor never includes snacks that contain more than 5 grams of added sugars!
Because there are many debating arguments over the safety of artificial sugars and possible carcinogenicity, we chose not to include them in DeliciousDoor.
The sugar in the snacks is either in its complete forms, such as sugar in whole fruit, or refined, such as agave, coconut sugar, etc.
DeliciousDoor offers healthy and mouth-wateringly delicious snacking alternatives.
Each Snack Box is packed with carefully curated full-sized snacks, drinks, and meal items to fuel your body. You’ll receive 6 Discovery Items and 6 Fan Favorites that meet our stringent nutritional standards to ensure a healthier and higher-quality snacking experience.
Consuming snacks and foods containing naturally occurring sugars or very little added sugar is okay. Just make sure it is in moderation. The best thing you can do is to become more mindful of your sugar consumption and opt for low-sugar options to keep your health in check.
Merilin is a 25-year-old imperfect zero waste advocate, passionate about sustainability, veganism, and living harmoniously with nature. In her free time, she loves developing recipes for healthy & vegan sweets, traveling, and practicing yoga.