Sugar on the DL (and 3 ways to spot it)!

Sugar on the DL (and 3 ways to spot it)!

Now that we’ve covered reading the right label, one of the things to look out for is added sugars.

Added sugars can be sneaky because “sugar” isn’t always in the listed name of ingredients. Not to mention companies may use a variety of added sugars, making the amount of sugar less obvious and more misleading.

Why avoid sugar?

I really don’t like doom and gloom, “eat this and you will slowly die” type of info sharing, but if you really want to read some of the depressing facts about eating sugar, you can by clicking here.

I will say that sugar is not very nutritious and is very addicting. Added sugars make you feel hungrier than you are which leads to overeating.  But not just hungry for food, hungry for more sugar.

Eating added sugars gets your brain begging for more and takes away the desire for eating nutrient rich foods that actually help your body thrive.

So let’s call out those sneaky aliases for what they really are- SUGAR.

Here are 3 sure ways to spot sneaky sugar aliases:

1.) Ingredients ending in “-ose”

  • maltose
  • dextrose
  • glucose
  • fructose & high fructose
  • sucrose
  • lactose
  • sucralose

2.) Ingredients with juice in them

  • cane juice
  • evaporated cane juice
  • fruit juice concentrate & fruit juice
  • cane juice crystals

3.) Ingredients with syrup in them

  • cane syrup
  • brown rice syrup
  • high fructose corn syrup & corn syrup
  • agave syrup (agave nectar)
  • oat syrup
  • rice syrup


When the ingredients label doesn’t just come out and say “sugar”, look for the “-ose”, juice and syrups… and steer clear!


Go through your pantry or fridge and see if you have any of these sneaky sugars lurking around. Comment with what you find! You may be surprised with where it’s been hiding.


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