Friday, 18 March 2016

Different Types of Sugar on Food Labels

Sugar is headline news again. The UK budget announcement of a sugar tax on drinks may be welcome news to some. But, whatever your thoughts on sugar, there is no escaping the fact that if you buy processed food, the chances are pretty high it’ll contain sugar in one form or another.

Dr Sally Norton, founder of has put together a handy list of the names you might find on a nutrition label which are really just another form of sugar.

When shopping, it’s important to remember to read the labels on any processed foods you buy (even savoury ones that you might not realise contain sugar at all!) and you’ll be surprised how often sugar, in any of its forms, pops up. It’s no wonder that so many of us are addicted to the stuff – it seems to be everywhere we look, even where we least expect it!

But food producers are clever you see… They have to list their ingredients in quantity order – but by dividing up ‘sugar’ into lots of different names, and into lots of smaller quantities, they are able to hide them lower down on the list. So, that snack you think contains a little sugar, could well have much more of the sweet stuff than the ‘sugar’ labelled – but it’s sneaked in, in many of its many other names and forms. So familiarise yourself with sugar’s many guises, and don’t be duped!

      Different Forms of Sugar on Nutrition Labels
Barley malt
Beet sugar
Brown sugar
Buttered syrup
Cane-juice crystals
Cane sugar
Caramelised sugar syrup
Carob syrup
Corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Date sugar
Diastatic malt
Ethyl maltol
Fruit juice
Fruit juice concentrate
Glucose solids
Golden sugar
Golden syrup
Grape sugar
Glucose fructose syrup
High-fructose corn syrup
Invert sugar
Malt syrup
Maple syrup
Milk Sugar
Muscovado sugar
Partially inverted sugar syrup
Raw sugar
Refiner’s syrup
Sorghum syrup
Turbinado sugar
Yellow sugar

Other sweeteners to look out for include sweetened condensed skimmed milk and fruit juices which are often used instead of sugar.

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