Wellness Wednesday – Very Sneaky Indeed

By Christy Baroni

By now you know that avoiding added sugar can help keep your waistline in check, assist with mental clarity, and can help you have the fortitude to resist cravings. All good things!

However, sugar is hidden in plain sight in many common foods. Lindsay Martin addressed this a few weeks ago right here and I’ve heard from many of you label readers out there that you aren’t seeing sugar on the ingredient list. Very sneaky, sugar.

It may surprise you to know that it is 100% completely legal to change the name of sugar in to something else on a food label.

Here are some items that look/taste/feel/act exactly like sugar:

  • Maltose
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • Galactose
  • Lactose
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Glucose solids
  • Cane juice
  • Dehydrated cane juice
  • Cane juice solids

And more…

  • Cane juice crystals
  • Dextrin
  • Maltodextrin
  • Dextran
  • Barley malt
  • Beet sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Caramel
  • Buttered syrup
  • Carob syrup
  • Date sugar

And more…

  • Malt syrup
  • Diatase
  • Diatase malt
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Dehydrated fruit juice
  • Fruit juice crystals
  • Golden syrup
  • Turbinado
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Maple syrup
  • Yellow sugar

Now you know exactly what you are eating when see these on the ingredient list.

Have any other food label questions? Send it my way and I’ll answer it right here!

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