Oh the Many Faces of Sugar

Sugar.  Sounds sweet, but it’s a devil in disguise, a marketer’s dream and causes us a lot of long term problems (not to mention healthcare bills).

It’s as simple as this – large amounts of sugar (sugar is made up of good glucose and not good at all fructose) in the liver turn to fat in the body. Sugar – not fat – makes us fat, and is the number one cause of most disease in Western culture (diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and many cancers). It is scientifically addictive (no really – it causes resistance to the very substance – liptin – that tells your brain to stop eating – so you actually want to eat more of it), and includes zero nutrients beneficial for sustaining life.

The American Heart Association recommends a limit of 38 grams per day for men, 25 grams per day for women, and 12-25 grams per day for kids (age depending).  And keep in mind, in an American diet, these grams add up FAST if you start to pay attention.

Keep close attention because sugar is hidden in so many of the processed foods we eat – often by a different moniker aimed at confusing the consumer – and there are many (ex: beware of high fructose corn syrup)!

Here are a few (I have highlighted a few that have fooled too many Americans for years):

  • Agave nectar
  • Barbados sugar
  • Barley malt
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar 
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Date sugar
  • Dehydrated cane juice
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Free-flowing brown sugars
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup)
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Maltose
  • Mannose
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado
  • Palm sugar
  • Panocha
  • Powdered sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Saccharose
  • Sorghum Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar (granulated)
  • Sweet Sorghum
  • Syrup
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar