Every day we learn something new about how sugar destroys our health and expands our waistlines. Even worse, it seems like every other day food corporations come up with a new name for sugar. For example, all of the following are basically sugar, from our metabolism’s perspective:
1. Agave Nectar
2. Barley Malt
3. Beet Sugar
4. Brown Sugar
5. Buttered Syrup
6. Cane Crystals
7. Cane Juice Crystals
8. Cane Sugar
10. Carob Syrup
11. Castor Sugar
12. Confectioner’s Sugar
13. Corn Sweetener
14. Corn Syrup
15. Corn Syrup Solids
16. Crystalline Fructose
17. Date Sugar
18. Demerara Sugar
21. Diastatic Malt
22. Diatase 23. Ethyl Maltol 24. Evaporated Cane Juice
25. Fructose 26. Fruit Juice 27. Fruit Juice Concentrates
28. Galactose 29. Glucose 30. Glucose Solids
31. Golden Sugar 32. Golden Syrup 33. Granulated Sugar
34. Grape Sugar 35. High-Fructose Corn Syrup 36. Honey
37. Icing Sugar 38. Invert Sugar 39. Lactose
40. Malt Syrup 41. Maltodextrin 42. Maltose
43. Maple Syrup 44. Molasses 45. Muscovado Sugar
46. Panocha 47. Raw Sugar 48. Refiner’s Syrup
49. Rice Syrup 50. Sorbitol 51. Sorghum Syrup
52. Sucrose 53. Sugar 54. Syrup
55. Treacle 56. Turbinado Sugar 57. Yellow Sugar
Sugar By Any Name is Just as Toxic and Addictive
Memorizing this list isn’t important. It is important to know that any form of caloric sweetener harms our health and leads to weight gain. Put differently, our body does not care where sweetener calories come from. To our body, apple juice is basically the same as soda, since they both contain about 30 grams of sugar. A “weight loss” bar with 30 grams of sweeteners causes the same clog as a candy bar with 30 grams of sugar. “Heart smart” cereal is worse than breakfast pastries — they are both full of sweeteners, but you may feel bad eating more than two pastries while happily filling bowl after bowl with “enriched” sweetened cereal.
Don’t Be Deceived by “Natural” Marketing
It’s also important that you protect yourself from misleading “natural” marketing. Unnatural high-fructose corn syrup is 42 percent fructose. Natural agave nectar is about 90 percent fructose. Snake venom is also natural. Sure the juice, bar, cereal and agave may have some additional accompanying nutrients, but that doesn’t make the sweeteners in them any less harmful. Dissolving a vitamin pill in a can of soda doesn’t make the soda healthy.
Who Else is Fed Up With High-Fructose Corn Syrup?
One of the biggest sugar offenders is high-fructose corn syrup. This caloric sweetener is especially common in low-calorie and low-fat products and is especially fattening. Combine this with the guidance to avoid calories and foods containing fat, and we end up unintentionally eating 10,475 percent more high-fructose corn syrup than we did in 1970.   Eating all that high-fructose corn syrup is particularly harmful. In studies, rats that were fed high-fructose corn syrup consistently got fatter and sicker than rats fed the exact same amount of sugar.
If what you are about to eat isn’t something found directly in nature (vegetables, seafood, meat, fruit, nuts, seeds, etc.), it’s likely had “sugar” added to it. Keep wellness simple and stick with natural whole foods. You’ll be “sugar” free and slim.