What Are Alternate Names for Sugar?

by Jaime Brenkus

If you’re trying to cut down on foods or beverages with added sugar, you undoubtedly have a couple of obstacles to hurdle. First, food and beverage manufacturers (at least in the U.S.) are not required to differentiate added sugars from natural ones—at least not yet–which means looking at a nutrition label is futile, unless you happen to know the approximate grams of naturally occurring sugar in a particular food.

This leaves consumers scanning ingredient lists, which poses another challenge. Food manufacturers have come up with some pretty creative names for added sugar over the past few years, making it nearly impossible to pick them out if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

To help you spot them, here’s a list of 44 nicknames for added sugar. Even taking a thorough look at the list right now will probably help you spot some of these less common nicknames in the future!

Food manufacturers have come up with some pretty creative names for added sugar over the past few years.

44 Nicknames for Added Sugar:

  1. Agave nectar
  2. Barley malt syrup
  3. Beet sugar
  4. Brown rice syrup
  5. Brown sugar
  6. Cane crystals
  7. Cane juice crystals
  8. Cane sugar
  9. Corn sweetener
  10. Corn syrup
  11. Corn syrup solids
  12. Crystalline fructose
  13. Date Sugar
  14. Dehydrated cane juice
  15. Dextrin
  16. Dextrose
  17. Evaporated cane juice
  18. Fructose
  19. Fruit juice
  20. Fruit juice concentrate
  21. Glucose
  22. Glucose solids
  23. Glycerol*
  24. Golden brown sugar
  25. Golden syrup
  26. Grape sugar
  27. High fructose corn syrup
  28. Honey
  29. Invert sugar
  30. Lactose
  31. Malitol syrup**
  32. Malt syrup
  33. Maltose
  34. Maple syrup
  35. Molasses
  36. Raw sugar
  37. Rice syrup
  38. Saccharose
  39. Sorghum
  40. Sorghum syrup
  41. Sucrose
  42. Syrup
  43. Treacle
  44. Turbinado sugar

*Glycerol provides approximately 4 calories per gram.

**Malitol Syrup is a sugar alcohol that provides approximately 3 calories per gram with a glycemic index (52), close to that of sugar (60). 

Last updated: 08.14.2018
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Written byJaime Brenkus

Celebrity exercise guru and Evergreen Wellness® Fitness Coach Jaime Brenkus is an early innovator of exercise videos in the 90s, having created the highly successful “8-Minute” video series featuring the blockbuster-selling “8-Minute Abs” video. Jaime has helped millions of people get fit, having also developed other well-received health and wellness products, including the Perfect Portions control plate. Jaime is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist – a designation he has held for nearly two decades. By teaming up with Evergreen Wellness, Jaime brings his fitness expertise to older adults through easily performed workout videos, in-person events, live streams, seminars, classes, and endorsed wellness-related products. As an Evergreen Wellness Fitness Coach, his goal is to add more “boom” to baby boomers’ lives, inspiring them to look and feel better by leading happier, healthier lifestyles.

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Written by Jaime Brenkus

Celebrity exercise guru and Evergreen Wellness® Fitness Coach Jaime Brenkus is an early innovator of exercise videos in the 90s, having created the highly successful “8-Minute” video series featuring the blockbuster-selling “8-Minute Abs” video. Jaime has helped millions of people get fit, having also developed other well-received health and wellness products, including the Perfect Portions control plate. Jaime is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist – a designation he has held for nearly two decades. By teaming up with Evergreen Wellness, Jaime brings his fitness expertise to older adults through easily performed workout videos, in-person events, live streams, seminars, classes, and endorsed wellness-related products. As an Evergreen Wellness Fitness Coach, his goal is to add more “boom” to baby boomers’ lives, inspiring them to look and feel better by leading happier, healthier lifestyles.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and it is not meant to be relied on as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your physician before starting any exercise or dietary program or taking any other action respecting your health. In case of a medical emergency, call 911.

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