Common Names for Sugar

October 29, 2014 - 2 minutes read

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We all know that we should limit our daily sugar intake, but how can we do that without knowing exactly what to look for? There is an abundance of names that can refer to the added sweetening ingredient in food, so have a read through this list of common names for sugar (or check back soon on Facebook to get your pocket-sized printout) to learn how to identify the sweeteners in a product’s ingredient list.

The “-ose” Rule

If the last three letters of the ingredient is -ose or if you see a word that has syrup, malt, juice or – of course – sugar tacked onto the end of it, it’s likely doing it’s job as a sweetener.

Common Names for Sugar

Agave nectar
Avena sativa

Barley malt
Beet sugar
Blackstrap molasses
Brown rice syrup
Brown sugar
Buttered sugar

Cane juice
Cane sugar
Caramel
Carob syrup
Caster sugar
Coconut sugar
Confectioners sugar
Corn sweetener
Corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Crystalline fructose

Date sugar
Demerara sugar
Dextran
Dextrose
Diastatic malt
Diatase

Ethyl maltol
Evaporated cane juice

Fructose
Fruit juice concentrate

Galactose
Glucose
Golden sugar
Golden syrup

High fructose corn syrup
Honey

Icing sugar
Invert sugar

Lactose

Malt syrup
Malodextrin
Maltose
Mannitol
Maple syrup
Molasses syrup
Muscovado sugar

Organic raw sugar
Oat syrup

Panela
Panocha
Penuche
Powdered sugar

Raspadura
Raw sugar
Refiner’s syrup
Rice bran syrup
Rice syrup

Sorbitol
Sorghum
Sucrose
Sugar
Syrup

Treacle
Tapioca syrup
Turbinado sugar

Yellow sugar

Take the No Added Sugar Challenge

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