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A rose by any other name…

September 16, 2009

I have written before about avoiding sugar.  I don’t include avoiding sugar in your foods in phase one of my ‘You Are Not Fit Program’, but I do recommend the elimination of added sugar at that point.  I have tips on how to cut back, advice on alternatives, directions on where the majority of sugar is in your diet (the low hanging fruit) and help in the form of blank plans and goal sheets, along with tips and strategies for developing plans and filling out goal sheets.

Still, I am shocked by the amount of sugar that is added to everyday food.  As well, I am galled to see how manufacturers are trying to hide the sugar, seriously, evaporated cane juice?!!? Come on!!

So, in a bid to help out, I went online and found a couple of sources of other names of sugars.  I have included a master list here.  The whole malt thing was a bit of surprise for me, but otherwise there were no major shocks (that is after I remembered that words that end in ‘ose’ are sugars, which I probably wouldn’t have remembered had I not seen all the words that ended in ose in this list-also enzymes end is ‘ase’ but I doubt that will be of much help).

On a side note, my favorite ‘sugary’ food item is Aunt Jemima’s Butter Flavored Syrup (and by ‘favorite’ I mean ‘most despicable’.  Yes, this is hardly a food product, but to tell you the truth, at least they have all of their ingredients and their nutritional information easily available on the internet, unlike Vitamin Water, Purity Organic and Reser’s Fine Foods.  The ingredients on the internet are slightly different than the ones on my bottle which makes me think this is a US/Canada thing, but my bottle is the one that caught my attention.  Aunt Jemima Buttery Flavored syrup has 3 different forms of sugar in the first three ingredients!! 3 for 3… I didn’t even know that was possible before I discovered all of the different names for sugar.  By the way that is why it is my ‘favorite’ sugary food, because it is the king (and it tastes sooo  good, I am ashamed to admit that I have never developed much of a taste for real maple syrup NOTE: AS OF APRIL 2010 I HAVE GONE MAPLE SYRUP ONLY AND I LOVE THE TASTE NOW, IT IS SO MUCH RICHER.  LIKE COFFEE, IT IS A BIT OF AN ACQUIRED TASTE, WORTH THE EFFORT AND EXTRA EXPENSE).  Remember, you shouldn’t eat any food that has sugar as any one of the first three ingredients…

Without further ado, the list:

  1. Brown sugar
  2. Invert Sugar
  3. Corn syrup
  4. Demerara Sugar
  5. Sugar (granulated)
  6. Powdered or confectioner’s sugar
  7. Muscovado or Barbados Sugar
  8. Turbinado sugar
  9. Beet sugar
  10. Grape sugar
  11. Raw sugar
  12. Dextrose
  13. High Fructose Corn Syrup
  14. Honey
  15. Fructose
  16. Galactose
  17. Glucose
  18. Lactose
  19. Malt
  20. Barley Malt
  21. Maltodextrin
  22. Maltose
  23. Maple syrup
  24. Molasses
  25. Panocha
  26. Rice Syrup
  27. Sucrose
  28. Treacle
  29. Florida crystals
  30. Hydrolysed starch
  31. Fruit juice concentrate
  32. Polydextrose
  33. Evaporated cane juice
  34. Mono, di and/or poly-saccarides
  35. Caramel
  36. Brown Rice
  37. Crystalline
  38. Sucanat
  39. White Grape Juice
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