57 Sneaky Sugars to Avoid

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
9. Caramel
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
19. Dextran
20. Dextrose
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. [1] [2] 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.

Bottom line:

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.

Watch the video on how to avoid added sweeteners simply and deliciously




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