What is Sugar?

What is sugar?

57 Names for Sugar

Sugar is carbohydrates, composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Sugars come in two types: naturally occurring sugars and added sugars.

  • Naturally occurring sugars are found naturally in foods such as fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose).
  • Added sugars include any sugars or caloric sweeteners that are added to foods or beverages during processing or preparation (such as putting sugar in your coffee or adding sugar to your cereal). Added sugars (or added sweeteners) can include natural sugars such as white sugar, brown sugar and honey as well as other caloric sweeteners that are chemically manufactured (such as high fructose corn syrup).

You can use sugars to help enhance your diet. Adding a limited amount of sugar to improve the taste of foods (especially for children) that provide important nutrients, such as whole-grain cereal, low-fat milk or yogurt, is better than eating nutrient-poor, highly sweetened foods.

Did you know there are 57 names for sugar? Here is a list to help you next time you are reading the ingredients list on your nutrition label.

  1. Agave Nectar
  2. Barley malt
  3. Barbados sugar
  4. Beet sugar
  5. Brown sugar
  6. Buttered syrup
  7. Cane juice
  8. Cane sugar
  9. Caramel
  10. Corn syrup
  11. Corn syrup solids
  12. Confectioner’s sugar
  13. Carob syrup
  14. Castor sugar
  15. Date sugar
  16. Dehydrated cane juice
  17. Demerara sugar
  18. Dextran
  19. Dextrose
  20. Diastatic malt
  21. Diatase
  22. Ethyl maltol
  23. Free Flowing Brown Sugars
  24. Fructose
  25. Fruit juice
  26. Fruit juice concentrate
  27. Galactose
  28. Glucose
  29. Glucose solids
  30. Golden sugar
  31. Golden syrup
  32. Grape sugar
  33. HFCS (High Frustose Corn Syrup… Very Bad!)
  34. Honey
  35. Icing sugar
  36. Invert sugar
  37. Lactose
  38. Malt
  39. Maltodextrin
  40. Maltose
  41. Malt syrup
  42. Mannitol
  43. Maple syrup
  44. Molasses
  45. Muscovado
  46. Panocha
  47. Powdered Sugar
  48. Raw sugar
  49. Refiner’s syrup
  50. Rice syrup
  51. Sorbitol
  52. Sorghum syrup
  53. Sucrose
  54. Sugar (granulated)
  55. Treacle
  56. Turbinado sugar
  57. Yellow sugar

Bonus (Fake Sugars): Splenda, Aspartame, and a few others but I will write about this later.





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