In the past few years we’ve seen a gradual realization that sugar is behind the rising levels of conditions like Diabetes, Candida, chronic inflammation and more. Many nutritionists and doctors now recommend eliminating refined sugars entirely, and indeed many people are going further and limiting consumption of all forms of sugar.
However, adopting a low sugar diet is not always as easy as it sounds, and food labeling is often to blame.
An ingredient label might contain no mention of ‘sugar’, but that is actually no guarantee at all. There are lots of substances that taste, act, and affect us in the same way that refined sugar does – just without the name. There are some you will have heard of, like high fructose corn syrup, but that is far from the only example.
A prime example from recent years is the misleading labeling of Vitaminwater, which has been persistently promoted as a health food but is in fact quite the opposite.
Here is a list of 56 names for sugar, many of which you might not even recognize. Be sure to look out for them when you next read an ingredient label!
|56 Names For Sugar|
|Barley malt||Dehydrated cane juice||Golden sugar||Molasses|
|Barbados sugar||Demerara sugar||Golden syrup||Muscovado|
|Beet sugar||Dextran||Grape sugar||Panocha|
|Brown sugar||Dextrose||High fructose corn syrup||Powdered sugar|
|Buttered syrup||Diastatic malt||Honey||Raw sugar|
|Cane juice||Diatase||Icing sugar||Refiner’s syrup|
|Cane sugar||Ethyl maltol||Invert sugar||Rice syrup|
|Caramel||Free flowing brown sugars||Lactose||Sorbitol|
|Corn syrup||Fructose||Malt||Sorghum syrup|
|Corn syrup solids||Fruit juice||Maltodextrin||Sucrose|
|Confectioner’s sugar||Fruit juice concentrate||Maltose||Sugar (granulated)|
|Carob syrup||Galactose||Malt syrup||Treacle|
|Castor sugar||Glucose||Mannitol||Turbinado sugar|
|Date sugar||Glucose solids||Maple syrup||Yellow sugar|
Some of these you will recognize as sugar, but what about ethyl maltol and maltose? Manufacturers are sneaking these types of sugar into everyday products without the consumer knowing what they are eating or drinking.
Even the most health-conscious of us consumes processed foods, even if just on the odd occasion. However if we don’t know what these sugars are called, and what they can do to our bodies, how can we make informed decisions? Is the answer to simply avoid processed foods altogether, or are we simply misunderstanding sugar and the effect it has on us?
The consensus is that it is not the type of sugar you are consuming, but simply the quantities of sugar that are found in processed foods. By using lots of different types and names of sugar, food manufacturers are able to list their sugar contents as lower than if they were to use purely cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
If they were bundled together these sugars would often be on the top of the ingredients list, but by using several different types they are often hidden further down.
We need to become more aware of sugar in our foods, and inspect labels carefully to identify which sugars – and how much of each sugar – are in what we are eating.
In our Ultimate Candida Diet plan, Dr. Eric Wood and I lay out a structured, low-sugar diet and treatment plan with 5 distinct phases. These stages are designed to get you back to a healthy, sustainable diet and lifestyle that you can enjoy for the long term.