The Many Names of Sugar

There are over 50 different names for sugar that range from the obvious (sugar, beet sugar, brown sugar) to the tricky (malt syrup, cane juice, rice syrup, carob syrup, agave nectar, honey) to the downright scientific (dextrose, maltodextrin, sucrose). It’s enough to leave anyone confused! 

Nowadays there is added sugar in most processed foods. For years it was thought that as long as we were eating fat-free foods then we were living a healthy lifestyle. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. But in the rush to eliminate all the “evil” fat from foods, sugar was added to everything to make it taste better. 

Consuming refined sugar on a regular basis robs our body of nutrients, such as B vitamins and minerals such as calcium and magnesium. These are essential nutrients that keep our energy up and are necessary for our overall health. 

If you eat prepackaged foods I encourage you to not only buy foods with ingredients you are familiar with, but to make sure that sugar isn’t listed in the first few ingredients.  


Author: Amanda

Amanda Parish is a holistic nutritionist, certified personal trainer, pre + postnatal design specialist, "maker" culture enthusiast and writer/blogger based out of Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

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