Learn to Avoid the Sugar Trap

By | January 30, 2020

Food companies use sugar with unusual names, which can be difficult to spot on labels and exclude from your daily diet.

The form can be either dry or liquid state. To be well informed, Check this out,

Dry Sugar

To stop yourself from accidentally eating too much sugar, look out for these added sugars on food labels:

  • Barley malt
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered sugar
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caster sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Date sugar
  • Dextran, malt powder
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Golden sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Panela
  • Palm sugar
  • Organic raw sugar
  • Rapadura sugar
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Confectioner’s (powdered) sugar

Sugar Syrup

Sugar is also added to foods in the form of syrups. Syrups are usually thick liquids made from large quantities of sugar dissolved in water.

They are found in a wide variety of foods but most often in cold drinks or other liquids.

Common syrups to look out for on food labels include:

  • Agave nectar
  • Carob syrup
  • Golden syrup
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Malt syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Oat syrup
  • Rice bran syrup
  • Rice syrup

The different names and forms can make it difficult to spot on food labels. Watch out for syrups as well.

Besides, to make their products appear healthier, some manufacturers use smaller amounts of three or four types of sugar in a single product. 

Sugar is hidden in many foods — even ones that don’t taste sweet. Make sure to check the labels of packaged or processed foods.

Products with health claims, such as “diet,” “natural,” or “low-fat,” may still be loaded with sugar. Avoid them.

The question arises how to beat this? The easiest way to avoid added sugar is to avoid highly processed goods, selecting unprocessed, whole foods instead.

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