Here is a list of some of the possible code words for “sugar” which may appear on a label. Hint: the words “syrup”, “sweetener”, and anything ending in “-ose” can usually be assumed to be “sugar”. If the label says “no added sugars”, it should not contain any of the following, although the food could contain naturally-occurring sugars (such as lactose in milk). Sometimes fruit juice concentrates will be used, which sound wholesome, but usually the juices chosen, such as white grape, apple, and pear juices, are among the least nutritious of the juices. By the time they are “concentrated”, very little remains but the sugar.

  • Agave Nectar
  • Barley Malt (Manufacturers love this one because it doesn’t have the words “syrup” or “sugar” in the name)
  • Barley Malt Syrup
  • Beet Sugar
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cane Crystals (or, even better, “cane juice crystals”)
  • Cane Sugar
  • Caramel
  • Coconut Sugar, or Coconut Palm Sugar (I predict you will be seeing this one a lot more in the coming years)
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
  • Date Sugar
  • Dehydrated Cane Juice
  • Demerara Sugar
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Diastatic Malt
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit Juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucose or glucose solids
  • Golden Syrup
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Jaggery
  • Lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltose
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Monk Fruit / Luo Han Guo 
  • Muscovado Sugar
  • Palm Sugar
  • Panela
  • Panocha
  • Rapadura
  • Raw Cane Sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Rice Bran Syrup
  • Rice Syrup
  • Saccharose
  • Sorghum or sorghum syrup
  • Sucanat
  • Sucrose
  • Syrup
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado Sugar
  • Xylose