Sugar Has a Nickname, Too!

I have many nicknames that I have acquired over the years: Nanaloo, Nan, Nanydan, Naners, Atch and Hoon (the last two are my favorites because my nephews decided that’s what they wanted to call me)…and I'm just naming a few! I'm sure as you are reading my nicknames you are running through all the nicknames you have been called over the years.

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I have many nicknames that I have acquired over the years: Nanaloo, Nan, Nanydan, Naners, Atch and Hoon (the last two are my favorites because my nephews decided that’s what they wanted to call me)…and I'm just naming a few! I'm sure as you are reading my nicknames you are running through all the nicknames you have been called over the years.

SUGAR also has many “nicknames” and they have nothing to do with being endearing or wanting to be a close friend! As you begin to DECODE ingredient labels, it is really important to know all the other hidden words for sugar. I am going to give you a list of some common “nicknames” for our sugary foe:

-Cane juice crystals
-Cane sugar
-Caramel
-Corn syrup
-Corn syrup solids
-Carob syrup
-Dextran
-Dextrose
-Fructose
-Galactose
-Glucose
-High Fructose Corn Syrup
-Lactose
-Maltodextrin
-Maltose
-Malt syrup
-Sorbitol
-Sucrose
-Treacle

Now, I'm sure that list LOOKS extensive; however, it is not complete. There are even more names for sugar that can be hidden in our ingredient labels. An easy trick that Dr. Oz recommends is simply to look for words that end in “-ose.” Those are the most common forms of sugar found in foods. I'll tell you my little trick on how I remembered that word...it rhymes with GROSS! The more you know, the more power you will have to make the best choices possible…for YOU and your families! Look through your cupboards and see if you have any hidden sugars that have been hiding right underneath your nose!


Blog written by Nancy Schuessler
Nancy's strong desires to live a healthy lifestyle and become a mother lead her on an extraordinary journey to reprogram her body...