Beware of these 55 “Hidden” Sugar Names! 5 Best Natural Substitutes For Sugar

Posted on Apr 12, 2015

By Erica as seen at

Hidden sugars make it possible for the average American to consume 152 pounds of sugar each year, despite filling their grocery carts with savory staples and so-called health foods. Once eaten, sugar affects the brain almost exactly like another powdery white substance we know and fear – cocaine — triggering an intense addiction that compels us to seek more.

While some types are better than others, it’s important to remember that sugar in general can be downright dangerous stuff.

“The American Heart Association (AHA) has recommended that Americans drastically cut back on added sugar, to help slow the obesity and heart disease epidemics. The AHA’s suggested added sugar threshold is no more than 100 calories per day (about 6 teaspoons or 24 grams of sugar) for most women and no more than 150 calories per day (about 9 teaspoons or 36 grams of sugar) for most men. But remember—your body doesn’t need to get any carbohydrate from added sugar. A good rule of thumb is to skip products that have added sugar at or near the top of the list—or have several sources of added sugar sprinkled throughout the list.”


Here’s some of its claims to fame, just to refresh your memory: it’s highly addictive, it causes you to age more quickly, it easily leads to weight gain and obesity, it’s linked to depressive states, and it suppresses the immune system.

And in case you haven’t noticed, it’s everywhere. Nearly all processed foods contain heaps of sugar (partially because manufacturers know that including it is a great way to get you addicted to their product).

Sugar By Other Names

It is not that simple because sugar can have many names. Regardless of the name, it is all the same to your body.

Sometimes the natural sugar source is listed such as “honey,” “agave,” or “fruit juice concentrate.”

Don’t let the word “organic” fool you on this food “healthy” chocolate cliff bar health food label. There are three different types of sugars in there adding up to 20g!


55 “Hidden” Names of Sugar

Glucose solids
Dark molasses
Coconut palm sugar
Golden sugar
Golden syrup
Grape sugar
High dextrose glucose
High-fructose corn syrup
Icing sugar
Invert sugar
Castor sugar
Date sugar
Demerara sugar
Malt syrup
Maple syrup
Muscovado sugar
Raw sugar
Refiner’s syrup
Rice syrup
Sorghum syrup
Turbinado sugar
Yellow sugar
Diastatic malt
Ethyl maltol
Barley malt
Beet sugar
Brown sugar
Buttered syrup
Cane juice crystals
Cane sugar
Corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Confectioner’s sugar
Carob syrup
Fruit juice
Fruit juice concentrate
You can see all the tricks at play here.

Some of the names are wearing healthy masks (beets and dates are healthy, right?). Some of them are “natural,” and thus simply accepted as a normal part of a healthy diet (like honey, maple syrup, and fruit juice). And some are actively marketed as health products (like agave nectar).

Others hide behind fancy, scientific names, acronyms, and slightly altered formulations. And still others, well…you may not even have heard of them (like panocha or treacle)!

Make no mistake, though: these ingredients all affect your body exactly like good old refined sugar—spiking insulin and causing energy crashes, causing massive inflammation, and disrupting your body’s ability to function optimally.

A healthy amount of naturally occurring sugar-containing foods is obviously essential for any healthy diet. Just don’t go overboard, and don’t be convinced that you’re avoiding sugar by consuming any of the ingredients listed above.


5 Best Natural Substitutes For Sugar

Molasses is a thick syrup produced when the sugar cane plant is processed to make refined sugar. But unlike refined sugar, molasses carries some significant health benefits. One serving (2 tablespoons) of molasses has about 30% of the daily iron requirement for premenopausal women, as well as 14% of our RDV of copper, an important trace mineral whose peptides help rebuild the skin structure that supports healthy hair.It is also high in vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, and antioxidants.

Stevia is a calorie-free sweetener that’s about 100 times sweeter than sugar and is naturally derived, coming from a South American shrub. Stevia is the only safe calorie-free sweetener currently available, given the health risks associated with artificial sweeteners. Stevia can be used in a variety of desserts, as well as tea and coffee.

Coconut sugar
Coconut sugar contains traces of iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium, we well as antioxidants. It also contains a fiber called inulin, which may slow glucose absorption. For this reason, coconut sugar has a minimal effect on blood sugar levels, making it another ideal option for diabetics.

Dates naturally taste very sweet and thus are a great way to sweeten desserts. Dates contain vitamin B6, vitamin A, potassium and calcium. Use dates in puddings, bars and date balls with nuts and coconut.

Honey has antibacterial properties and is a source of antioxidants derived from the pollen collected by bees. Darker honeys have higher antioxidant value. It’s best to use raw or unprocessed honey for higher nutrient and antioxidant content. Use honey instead of refined sugar in tea, yogurt.

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