We have been thinking a bit about sugar this week here at Munch. So, we thought we would try and give you the low down on sugar and some of the code words for hidden sugars.

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Code words for hidden sugars

Sugar is in everything almost these days. So it pays to check the labels on your food products, especially in “low-fat” foods. These are often higher in sugar to try and make them more palatable and will therefore still make you fat.

Any of the words “syrup”, “sweetener”, and anything ending in “ose” is usually a form of “sugar”.

Here is a list of some of the possible code words for “sugar” which may appear on a label. Where a food label says “no added sugars”, it should not contain any of these (although the food could still contain naturally-occurring sugars eg lactose in milk, fructose in fruit).

  • Agave Nectar
  • Barley Malt Syrup
  • Beet Sugar
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cane Crystals (or, even better, “cane juice crystals”)
  • Cane Sugar
  • Coconut Sugar, or Coconut Palm Sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
  • Dehydrated Cane Juice
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltose
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Palm Sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Rice Syrup
  • Saccharose
  • Sorghum or sorghum syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Syrup
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado Sugar
  • Xylose


Want to know more about what Munch has previously written on sugar? Why not check out reducing the white stuff in your family’s diet or about diabetes awareness?

For those of you who would like to run through some of the sugar free recipes we have posted in the past, check these out:


Do you have any great sugar free recipes to share with us or ideas on how to reduce your families sugar consumption?

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