Sugar Synonyms

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If you encounter one of the names below in a product ingredient list – it’s sugar in one form or other and will contribute 4 calories per gram consumed (exceptions noted in parentheses). Artificial sweeteners contain no calories but are at times controversial due to other health risks they may or may not pose.

Aspartame – marketed as Nutrasweet (artificial, 0 calories)
Acesulfame potassium (acesulfame-K) / E950 -
marketed as Sunett / Sweet One (artificial, 0 calories)
Agave Nectar
Barley Malt Extract
Brown Rice Syrup
Brown sugar
Corn sugar
Corn sweetener
Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
Crystalline Fructose
Dehydrated Cane Juice
Evaporated Cane Juice
Evaporated Cane Syrup
Fruit juice concentrate
High-fructose corn syrup
Invert sugar (golden syrup)
Malt syrup
Mannitol (2.6 calories)
Maple syrup
Neotame (artificial, 0 calories)
Raw sugar
Rice Syrup
Saccharin (artificial, 0 calories)
Sucralose – marketed as Splenda (artificial, 0 calories)
Sorbitol (2.6 calories)
Sorghum syrup
Turbinado Sugar

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  • jackson

    DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE REST OF THE SUGAR ALCOHOLS(some of these are repeats)


    I recently took a nutrition class where we had to research ‘NATURAL’ sweeteners
    What we found out is that NO sweetener has any real nutritional value besides empty calories. Most western foods that are sweetened…are over done. Also companies use multiple sweeteners so they can make it seem like there is less than there actually is. Measurements are never exact…so they know they can fudge how much is in it by .4 calories…so in turn many things have more than it even says!

    many ALTERNATIVE sweeteners also require LESS than table sugar…but when being used at home…some people don’t realize you don’t replace one cup of sugar with one cup of say stevia or xylitol. Some of them in large quantities will make someone ill. And a handful of these are TOXIC to animals!

    Considerations when thinking about sweeteners…what financial investment a company has in producing it or marketing it or NOT? Has it been proven to be safe?…and if so…at what cost? What is the environmental impact of its harvest? What labor is use to harvest it?

    Is it possible to go a week without ingesting any of these?

    • Sugarfeedscancer

      Stevia does not match one cup to one cup with sugar. This is false. You take a small fraction of Stevia to replace sugar. It has not a single risk or side effect. If you read somewhere is does then they’re just as misinformed. It’s a nutritional supplement derived from a plant in Portugal. It’s been used forever without any issues. It is NOT an artificial sweetener. It is a healthy sugar substitute.

    • synjewelstnn

      it feels like sugar is saying no matter what the words are dead or Alive you’re coming with me hahahahahahahaha

  • Amy Booker

    I was recently dignoticed with allergys. Mainly Wheat,Popular and Cottonwood Trees.
    Have had other reactions to foods so I takeing out yellow # 5,red #33,40. high fructose corn syrup,and soy licthin. Hopefully that will help.

  • Jes

    @Amy Booker

    Any artificial stuff that you take out is going to help. Improving your digestion will help with allergies as well. Maybe try adding some quality yogurt or probiotics to your daily routine. I try to give my body breaks from yeast in food as well in intervals throughout the year.

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  • Gayle

    I buy Xylitol from the health food stores. Is it better or just as bad as sugar alcohol?

    • Kemaru

      Xylitol has laxative side effects if consumed in large proportions, but personally I would think it be a good sweetener. Xylitol helps prevent tooth decay and caries.

      • Jen

        Be careful, xylitol is toxic to dogs.  Just a small amount can cause serious liver damage and death.

        • Alli

          Dogs shouldn’t be eating sugar anyways. Odd..

          • Alli

            Same with chocolate or ANYTHING with sugars. We don’t give it to dogs because its bad for them. Why would it matter if its xylitol or can sugar? It doesn’t.

  • Jihee Park

    How about Stevia? Is that OK?

  • Jihee Park

    How about Stevia? Is that OK?

    • Alli

      Click on “More” and you will see the rest of their post. Stevia is a natural sweetener listed which they explain further.

  • Little Sis

    Wow!  Thanks so much for this.  I’ve got a shorter list I’ve used.  It’s amazing to me how many different names we’ve got for the same poo in our food.  I appreciate the good work you’re doing!

  • angle

    Aspartame is in pop and if you stop drinking pop there are after effects like dry mouth, flu symptoms and so on. :/

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  • rosieparez2

    So basically, any ingredient I have to sound out to pronounce I shouldn’t bother eating it b/c it’s processed. That will be my new rule of thumb.

  • Benjamin L

    Corn syrup is 55% fructose and 45% glucose and is made with the use of mercury. Chronic consumption will have mercury built up and not good for overweight and diabetic people.

    Aspartame metabolized into formaldehyde in the body, causes MANY adverse and serious health problems

  • nana

    is this gluten free ?

  • Sea

    Sugar – if I eat it, I want more. And if I stop eating it (which I’ve done the last 4 weeks) I have detoxing symptoms of headaches and fatique. At this point, the headaches are gone and the cravings have lessened a lot. This makes me suspect sugar is addictive and soda companies probably tweak their recipes to make it more addictive, just like tobacco companies did. Many of our health problems come from consuming too much sugar and processed food, and not enough nutrition. The contracts soda companies have with schools to sell soda and junk food is greed at it’s worst!

  • Cate H

    I see the first ingredient in “Pyure” brand stevia sweetener is Agave
    Inulin. I thought I was sweetening with stevia but I look more closely and it’s Agave.