Nutrition

Sugar By Any Other Name: What to Look For

Sugar By Any Other Name: What to Look For

Sugar is a quick and easily digested source of energy, and it has its uses, but most of us eat far too much of it, and that leads to weight gain, diabetes and all sorts of other nasty things. We often do our best to limit sugar intake, but what we’re looking for on food and drink labels is usually just sugar. Once it’s inside your body, however, most sugar is just sugar, and too much of it can be bad for you.

Anything ending in -ose is a sugar, so that’s glucose, fructose, lactose (that’s the sugar found in milk.)

Honey is a sugar, and so is maple syrup, and whilst they might taste better than refined white sugar, and come with some antibacterial benefits, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can eat as much of them as you like, and avoid the effects on your waistline. We don’t like to be downers, and a little sugar in moderation is fine, but it pays to know what to look for on those labels. Here’s a handy list:

  • barley malt
  • buttered syrup
  • cane juice
  • cane sugar
  • caramel
  • carob syrup
  • corn syrup
  • date sugar
  • dextran
  • dextrose
  • diatase
  • diastatic malt
  • ethyl maltol
  • fructose
  • glucose
  • golden syrup
  • grape sugar
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • honey
  • invert sugar
  • lactose
  • malt syrup
  • maltodextrin
  • maltose
  • mannitol
  • molasses
  • sorbitol
  • sorghum syrup
  • sucrose

So, now you know. Stay safe, stay sugar-free.



Sophie Angell

Sophie Angell

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