9 Ways 90 Days: Code Words for Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

by Melanie Albert, Nutrition Expert, Author, Speaker, Founder & CEO Experience Nutrition

Sugar is addictive. Eating a small amount creates a desire for more. And, when people suddenly stop eating sugar, they get withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, mood swings, cravings and fatigue.

9 Ways 90 Days: Pile of Sugar
9 Ways 90 Days: Pile of Sugar

Sugar is Everywhere in Snack Foods

Here is a list of some of the possible code words for “sugar” which may appear on a label. The words “syrup”, “sweetener”, and anything ending in “ose” can usually be assumed to be “sugar”. If the label says “no added sugars”, it should not contain any of the following, although the food could contain naturally-occurring sugars (such as lactose in milk).

  • Corn sweetener
  • Dehydrated Cane Juice
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, lactose, maltose, saccharose, sucrose, xylose
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Invert sugar
  • Maltodextrin
  • Barley malt syrup, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, malt syrup, maple syrup, rice syrup
  • Sorghum or sorghum syrup
  • Turbinado sugar

 Good for you Sweeteners

  • Agave nectar
  • Black strap molasses
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Raw sugar
  • Stevia: an herb native to Paraguay, grows in Brazil, and cultivated in China; A few drops provide the sweetness of sugar

Do Not Eat Artificial Sweeteners

  • Aspartame: Nutrasweet, Equal
  • Saccharin: Sweet’N Low
  • Sucralose: Splenda®

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