Sugar? What Sugar?
~ November 2013 No.253 ~
It seems that three elements of our diet have become the target of people focused on healthy eating: salt, sugar and white wheat flour. Some have called them the three white curses of the Western diet. Others have been less polite. Whether there is enough science to justify attributing a long list of health and disease problems to these three items in our diet, is still a question that needs to be answered. Meanwhile, many consumers are trying to cut down on salt, sugar and white wheat flour - just to be safe.
So where to start? That seems easy enough when it comes to foods that have labels. In most jurisdictions food manufacturers have to list ingredients. Usually this list has to be in decreasing order of the amount of each ingredient. All you have to do is read the label. Sounds easy. And it is, except it turns out there are many different ways of saying sugar, without saying sugar.
A quick search comes up with a long list words / phrases that are used on food labels to describe the various forms and sources of sugar. Whether food manufacturers are intentionally avoiding the use of the word sugar or not can't be proven. But for anyone who is trying to avoid foods high in sugar, it may require a bit of detective work to find out how your favourite snack food gets its sweet taste.
|Agave Nectar||Demerara sugar||Maple syrup|
|Barley malt syrup||Diastatic malt||Molasses|
|Beet sugar||Diatase||Muscovado sugar|
|Brown sugar||Ethyl maltol||Panocha|
|Buttered syrup||Evaporated cane juice||Raw sugar|
|Cane juice crystals||Fructose||Refiner’s syrup|
|Cane sugar||Fruit juice||Rice syrup|
|Caramel||Fruit juice concentrate||Saccharose|
|Castor sugar||Glucose, glucose solids||Sorghum syrup|
|Confectioner’s sugar||Golden sugar||Sucrose|
|Corn sweetener||Golden syrup||Sugar, raw sugar|
|Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids||Grape sugar||Treacle|
|Crystalline fructose||High-fructose corn syrup||Turbinado sugar|
|Dehydrated Cane Juice||Icing sugar||Yellow sugar|
Food labelling changes
Government pf Canada