Sugar is everywhere. Hidden sugar, in all its different forms and names, is found in about 74% of processed foods. Sounds unbelievable, but the food industry found the perfect way to get you hooked and to eat more. Sugar is addictive.

There have been countless studies to prove this and some studies have shown that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine. A study by Dr Mark Hyman suggested that, while cocaine and heroin only activate a specific spot for pleasure in the brain, sugar will ‘light up the brain like a pinball machine’.

Pay attention to the number of sugary ingredients in food. It is critical to read the ingredient labels on the back of the box and also to look at the nutritional values, especially sugar content. Food manufacturers are required by law to list the ingredients according to prevalence. Simply put, the ingredients are listed in order of how much the food product contains, of each one, with the highest content first.

I want you to understand though that the food industry found a way around this by putting in different forms of sugar, otherwise sugar would be the number one ingredient in the majority of processed foods. Below is a list of 60 different names for sugar that the food industry uses. These ingredients (which are all different sugars) are often in the top two to five products on the ingredient list. This means they can use two or three different types of sugars and list them lower down the ingredients list.

Take a look at these names and next time you’re buying food pay attention to the amount of sugar in the food.

60 Different Names for Sugar

  • Agave nectar
  • Barbados sugar
  • Barley malt
  • Beet sugar
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered sugar
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane juice
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob sugar
  • Caster sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Date sugar
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextran
  • Diastatic malt
  • Diastase
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Icing sugar
  • Lactose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses syrup
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Organic raw sugar
  • Oat syrup
  • Panela
  • Panocha
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Rice bran syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Sorghum
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Syrup
  • Treacle
  • Tapioca sugar
  • Yellow sugar

*To find out more how the Food Industry is profiting from all the added sugars in our food, read the book Stop Dieting and Lose Weight, available on Amazon and Apple iBooks.