Navigating nutrition labels on food products is challenging.

While there is a significant amount of information offered on a nutrition label to be discussed, I would like to focus on one aspect – the ingredient list. Specifically, I would like to focus on the alternate names assigned to sugar.

The goal is to minimize added sugars in your daily nutrition for the purposes of insulin control, reduction of disease development risk, and increase of energy levels.

When reading nutrition labels, sugar masquerades under the following names:

  • Agave nectar
  • Barley malt
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Date sugar
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporate cane juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Rice syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Sucrose

You are now better armed with knowledge when reading labels!