Health knowledge made personal
Join this community!
› Share page:
Go
Search posts:

You Ask, I Answer: Added Sugar

Posted Dec 02 2009 10:24pm
canesugarnralgeIn yesterday’s blog post about Odwalla bars, you mentioned that sometimes the first ingredient listed on the label is “brown rice syrup (AKA: added sugar)”.

I’m trying to be more cognisant of the amount of sugar in the foods I am eating — what are some other ingredients that automatically mean “added sugar”?

– Amanda (Last name withheld)
(Location Unknown)

Added sugar is everywhere!

Since food manufacturers have to list each individual ingredient on their packaging, many food companies take advantage of this and purposefully use different sweeteners.

This way, if a food contains more added sugars than any other ingredient, it can be easy to fool consumers.

Let’s assume product A (a muffin) contains more sugar (solely in the form of sucrose — white table sugar) than any other ingredient.  Its ingredient list would look something like this (remember, ingredients are listed in order of dominance):

Sugar, Enriched Wheat Flour, Butter, Eggs…

Product B, meanwhile, contains the same amount of sugar, but utilizes five different sweeteners.  Here is what that ingredient may look like:

Enriched Wheat Flour, Butter, Eggs, Sugar, Whole Milk, Fat-Free Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Oats, Maple Syrup, Salt, Agave Nectar, Evaporated Cane Juice

The nutrition facts label would certainly make it clear that both products contained the same amount of sugar, but a quick glance at the ingredient list might make product B “seem better” because sugar appears further down in the ingredient list.

In any case, here is a list of terms — some more obvious, and ubiquitous, than others — to watch for when scouring ingredient lists.

NOTE: I am not including ingredients that include the word “sugar” in them, like “castor sugar” or “turbinado sugar”.

Agave nectar
Amasake
Barley malt
Blackstrap molasses
Brown rice syrup
Cane juice crystals
Carob powder
Colored crystals
Corn sweetener
Corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Crystalline fructose
Dehydrated cane juice
Demerara
Dextrin
Dextrose
Evaporated cane juice
Evaporated cane juice crystals
Evaporated whole cane juice
Fondant
Fructose
Galactose
Glucose
High-fructose corn syrup
Honey
Lactose
Maltodextrin
Malt syrup
Maltose
Maple syrup
Molasses
(Name of fruit) juice concentrate
Rapadura
Refiners’ Syrup
Rice syrup
Sucanat
Sucrose
Syrup
Treacle
Xylose

Share/Bookmark
Post a comment
Write a comment:

Related Searches