Sugar And Other Names For Sugar

My mother called with a simple request. “Tell your father he’s eating too many baked beans. I told him they’re loaded with sugar but he won’t listen.”

Dad, a type 2 diabetic,  unhappily gets on the phone and I ask him about the type of beans he’s eating. “They’re baked beans. I already looked at the label and it doesn’t say sugar so they’re ok.” I told him to read the label to me. “Small pea beans, water, molasses, salt, maple syrup, corn starch modified, spices, blah, blah, blah. See….no sugar.”

The only problem is there was plenty of added sugar. Sure it didn’t say sugar but molasses and maple syrup are both sugars. Combined they added 12 grams of sugar (carbs) to each 1/2 cup serving. Also lets not forget that modified corn starch is a carbohydrate that is quickly broken down into sugar. Plus the beans themselves contain carbohydrates that are broken down by the body into sugar. My father was doing what we all have done at one time or another. When we think of sugar we think of the white stuff and forget there are many other types of sugars that show up on ingredients labels. Often in products we would never think have added sugar such as salad dressings or soup.

So I thought I would post a list of the various names that might be appearing in the products you eat that are actually sugar:

Agave nectar

Barbados Sugar

Barley malt

Beet sugar

Blackstrap molasses

Brown sugar

Buttered syrup

Cane crystals

Cane juice crystals

Cane sugar


Carob syrup

Castor sugar

Confectioner’s sugar

Corn syrup

Corn sweetener

Corn syrup solids

Crystalline fructose

Date sugar

Demerara Sugar




Diastatic malt

Diatase D-mannose

Evaporated cane juice

Ethyl maltol

Florida Crystals

Free Flowing Fructose

Fruit juice

Fruit juice concentrate



Glucose solids

Golden sugar

Golden syrup

Granulated sugar

Grape sugar

Grape juice concentrate


High-fructose corn Syrup


Icing sugar

Invert sugar


Malt syrup




Maple syrup


Muscovado sugar

Organic raw sugar

Palm sugar

Powdered sugar

Raw sugar

Refiner’s syrup

Rice Syrup


Sorghum syrup


Sugar Syrup

Table sugar


Turbinado sugar

Yellow sugar

I’m sure there are some names I’ve missed. If looking through the ingredients still leaves you wondering then just check the nutrition label to see how many total carbohydrates and how many grams of sugar the product contains. Total carbohydrates includes not only sugar but also starch (which convert over to sugar) as well as fiber (which does not convert to sugar). The listing for how many grams of sugar is just for the various types of sugar that have been added such as the maple syrup and molasses in the baked beans.

If the food contains a certain number of grams of total carbohydrates but shows as 0 grams of sugar then the carbs all come from starch and fiber. There would be no added sugar. This does not mean however that the product won’t raise your blood sugar levels. Remember that carbs will be converted to sugar and that is what brings your blood sugar levels up.

Am I missing any other names for sugar from the list above? If so then leave a comment and let me know what I’ve missed.

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