List of Sugar Names and Sugar Facts

sugarThis list of sugar facts and sugar names will help you uncover the many hidden sugars that are tucked away everywhere in our food today.

Food and beverage manufacturers in cahoots with the sugar industry consistently look for new sugar names to add to their long sugar list. Why do they go to such sneaky lengths to hide more and more high glycemic index sugar in commercial foods? Because sugar is addictive!

And once they’ve got us hooked as sugar addicts, we constantly crave more and more for our sugar-fix – even though we know it’s bad for us.

Sugar Facts about Hidden Sugars

Some of the major sources of highly refined grains and hidden sugars that cause high glycemic blood sugar problems are: sodas, ketchup, cereals, fruit juice, jams, jellies, canned fruit, prepared foods, ice cream, cookies, candy, cakes, pies, pastries and most other desserts.

Processed starches that behave like sugar in your body are white flour, white rice, pasta (unless the flour is listed as 100% whole wheat), enriched flour, tapioca, cornstarch and processed breakfast cereals.

The most common names for sugar are: barley malt, corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose and turbinado sugar.

Here’s a more complete sugar list with 69 sugar names.

List of Sugar Names

Agave nectarBarbados SugarBarley maltBeet 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



Evaporated cane juice

Ethyl maltol

Florida Chrystals

Free Flowing


Fruit juice

Fruit juice concentrate



Glucose solidsGolden sugarGolden syrupGranulated sugar

Grape sugar

Grape juice concentrate


High-fructose corn Syrup


Icing sugar

Invert sugar


Malt syrup




Maple syrup


Muscovado sugar

Organic raw sugar


Powdered sugar

Raw sugar

Refiner’s syrup

Rice Syrup


Sorghum syrup



Syrup Syrup

Table sugar


Turbinado sugar

Yellow sugar


The sugar industry is constantly coming up with new sugar names. So be on guard for new hidden sugars with insulin spiking ingredients.

Are Artificial Sweeteners a Safe Sugar Substitute?

Artificial sweeteners are often accused of causing cancer, headaches and other health problems. But who knows how many of these unsubstantiated stories are intentionally spread by the powerful, aggressive and heavily government subsidized sugar industry to undermine their competition.

It’s something to seriously consider. There’s certainly no sound scientific evidence to back up the rumors that any of the U.S. approved artificial sweeteners cause cancer. And there are many studies confirming the safety of these sugar substitutes for the general population.

However, there’s some evidence that people who consume large quantities of diet sodas tend to gain weight. But this is probably due to the sugar substitutes sweet taste causing sugar cravings for junk foods.

Artificial sweeteners main benefits are: they don’t negatively affect blood sugar and they’re calorie-free. Approved artificial sweeteners are:

  • Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal)
  • Saccharin (Sweet’N Low, SugarTwin)
  • Acesulfame K (Sunett, Sweet One)
  • Sucralose (Splenda)>

The natural herbal sugar substitute, Stevia, is also a viable option.

Of course, once you give up sugar and your taste buds adjust, the best sugar substitutes are fresh fruits, vegetables and other natural foods.

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