Identify Sugar In Your Food (Sugar part II)

If you're not used to reading food labels you are probably not aware of the fact that most food products available in All grocery stores from Whole Foods to Safeway contain some form of sugar. Sugar comes in many forms and so when you look at a food label looking for the word "sugar" you may miss the many names and forms of sugar that are attacking your health in a slow steady manner. Here's a list of names for added sugar many of which seem like a "healthier" choice to just plain sugar but remember your bodies cells don't read labels and the effects of everything on this list is just as damaging if consumed.

  • Agave Nectar
  • Barley Malt Syrup
  • Beet Sugar
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cane Crystals (or, even better, "cane juice crystals")
  • Cane Sugar
  • Coconut Sugar, or Coconut Palm Sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
  • Dehydrated Cane Juice
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltose
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Palm Sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Rice Syrup
  • Saccharose
  • Sorghum or sorghum syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Syrup
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado Sugar
  • Xylose

A simple way to scan a label for sugar is to look for words such as syrup, sweetener, and anything ending in “ose”. These are refined sugars added to your food products to keep you addicted and coming back for more.

Be especially discerning with children's products!! Most are loaded with sugar to get the kiddies hooked young as children are more susceptible to addiction than adults. It's usually better to go for the adult products for example when choosing vitamins. If your child is over exposed to the taste of sweet (several times during the day) it will cancel out the other delicious flavors life has to offer by lowering your child's sense of taste and smell.