Sneaky Added Sugars

As you start making nutritional changes, something that you may start paying more attention to is the ‘total’ and ‘added’ sugars in the foods you eat. Most foods have natural sugars, such as those found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy. Many processed foods, on the other hand, have added sugars- which can work against your body. Overtime, this leads to chronic inflammation and a struggle to regulate sugar, which can then lead to weight gain and chronic illness.

The problem is, added sugars are sneaky! When reading the label, check both the grams of ‘added sugars’ and read a little further into the ingredients. The list below can help you to recognize any hiding sugars found in the ingredients list.

The ‘-ose’ names:

  1. Dextrose
  2. Fructose
  3. Galactose
  4. Glucose
  5. Lactose
  6. Maltose
  7. Sucrose

Granulated Sugars:

  1. Beet Sugar
  2. Brown Sugar
  3. Cane Sugar
  4. Date Sugar
  5. Dextrin
  6. Ethyl Maltol
  7. Maltodextrin

Liquid Sugars:

  1. Agave Nectar/Syrup
  2. Honey
  3. Brown Rice Syrup
  4. Corn Syrup, High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  5. Fruit Juice/ Fruit Juice Concentrate
  6. Malt Syrup
  7. Molasses

Understanding where added sugars hide is a great first step in getting the amount of added sugars consumed in check, being aware of how much you are eating and how this relates to your health goals. You might be surprised by what you notice!

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