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The 57 Names of Sugar

You’ve double checked the ingredients on all of your groceries, relieved to find there's no added sugar in sight. So it's all clear, right? Well, not quite. There are tens upon tens of deceptive names companies continue to confuse shoppers with, so we decided to compile the 57 names to look out for.

Considering global obesity rates are soaring through the roof – having tripled in the last 47 years – and with researchers finding sugar to be directly linked with this phenomenon – it’s no wonder shoppers are keen to keep this addictive stuff out of their food. This can prove challenging, considering the sizeable list of names sugar is disguised under, so we’ve decided to make it easier for everyone by unveiling each one. If you see any of the following on the ingredient list – it’s sugar.

Basic sugars: monosaccharides

Monosaccharides, also known as simple sugars, are those which cannot be hydrolysed to form a simpler sugar. To break it down further, sugar is made up of sucrose, which in turn is made up of two other types of sugar: glucose and fructose – both of which are monosaccharides. One of the most dangerous simple sugars is fructose, this is because it cannot be further broken down by the body and, unlike glucose, which is absorbed into the small intestine and able to be used as energy, fructose requires the liver to metabolise it.

That’s where the problem starts. If we consume fructose in excess – which isn’t hard to do considering the average Aussie is downing 15 teaspoons of sugar a day; that’s over double the recommended limit for women – our livers just can’t handle it. The result is the development of visceral fat, which can lead to everything from obesity to diabetes, liver disease and heart disease. That’s why you’ll want to know whether this sneaky sugar is hiding in your cupboard.

Take a look at the sugars classified as monosaccharides – if you find these on the ingredient list, you’ll know you’ve been “sugared”.

  1. Glucose
  2. Fructose
  3. Ribose
  4. Mannose
  5. Galactose
  6. Dextrose


Disaccharides are made up of two molecules of the sugars from the above list – monosaccharides – which are bonded to each other. They are water-soluble and commonly found in range of products, from baked goods to cereal, bread and milk. You may also hear disaccharides referred to as double sugar.

  1. Lactose
  2. Maltose
  3. Sucrose
  4. Brown sugar
  5. Beet sugar

Liquid sugars

Liquid sugars are particularly sneaky, with names like “brown rice syrup” and “carob syrup”, you’d be forgiven for thinking these were health foods. While, in moderation, it’s okay to use these ingredients, it’s important to know that they are, in fact, sugar. One of these sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, has a well-earned reputation as a key driver of the global obesity crisis. Since its mass introduction into household staples, from yoghurt and muesli bars to bread, cereal and confectionery, research has found a drastic rise in diabetes rates directly linked to this syrup.

  1. Agave nectar
  2. Barley malt
  3. Blackstrap molasses
  4. Buttered sugar
  5. Fruit juice
  6. Fruit juice concentrate
  7. Golden syrup
  8. Honey
  9. Invert sugar
  10. Malt syrup
  11. Molasses
  12. Refiner’s syrup
  13. Treacle
  14. Evaporated cane juice
  15. Corn syrup
  16. Carob syrup
  17. Coconut syrup
  18. Caramel
  19. High-fructose corn syrup
  20. Rice syrup
  21. Brown rice syrup
  22. Maple syrup

Granulated and solid sugars

  1. Cane juice crystals
  2. Cane sugar
  3. Castor sugar
  4. Demerara sugar
  5. Coconut sugar
  6. Confectioner’s sugar
  7. Crystalline fructose
  8. Golden sugar
  9. Grape sugar
  10. Icing sugar
  11. Muscovado sugar
  12. Panela sugar
  13. Raw sugar
  14. Granulated or table sugar
  15. Turbinado sugar
  16. Yellow sugar
  17. Date sugar
  18. Corn syrup solids
  19. Dextrin
  20. Diastatic malt
  21. Ethyl maltol
  22. Florida crystals
  23. Glucose syrup solids
  24. Maltodextrin

Whew, that’s a long list. Don’t fall for the sugar industry’s tricks and traps – remember to opt for whole foods, like fresh fruit and veg, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and keep the highly processed goods to a minimum.

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