It’s common knowledge that sugar is to be avoided, but if only it were that simple. Did you now there are at least 62 words food manufacturers can use, instead of simply saying sugar?
Many of the words on the list, such as Golden syrup and HFCS may be obvious no-no’s, but what about less common words, such as Ethyl maltol and Panocha. Would you immediately know that these ingredients were essentially sugar?
Barley malt/ Barley malt syrup
Cane juice/ Cane juice crystals
Coconut palm sugar/ Coconut sugar
Corn syrup/ Corn syrup solids
Dehydrated cane juice
Evaporated cane juice
Free Flowing Brown Sugars
Fruit juice/ Fruit juice concentrate
Glucose/ Glucose solids
HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)
Malt/ Malt syrup
Whilst clearly it’s best to go for natural foods that don’t need labels, I can’t ever imagine a day where packaged foods aren’t commonplace. So surely those who buy them should be armed with full, honest information about the contents of these products, so they can make an informed decision?
It’s a shame manufacturers are allowed to be so misleading. Wouldn’t it be simpler if they perhaps had to use the word sugar, and follow that with the specific type of sugar? I can imagine many time-poor households trying to make good food choices – despite their best intentions, they can easily end up buying sugar laden foods.
Sugar can be a really confusing topic, especially when even healthy blogs use natural sugars in recipes (I put my hands up to this too, though in my recipes the natural sugar tends to be an optional addition). But are natural sugars actually any better for you – I’ve written the definitive guide to paleo sweeteners to help clear this up.
What’s your take on these sneaky misleading alternative words for sugar?