- Brown sugar. Granulated white sugar with added molasses for flavor and color, commonly used in baking.
- Cane juice and cane syrup. Sugar from processed sugar cane. Further processing produces brown or white solid cane sugar.
- Confectioners' sugar. Granulated white sugar that has been ground into a fine powder, sometimes with a small amount of cornstarch. Commonly used in icings and whipped toppings.
- Corn sweeteners and corn syrup. Corn sugars and corn syrups made from corn and processed cornstarch.
- Dextrose. Another name for glucose.
- Fructose. Sugar that occurs naturally in fruits, vegetables and honey.
- Fruit juice concentrate. A form of sugar made when water is removed from whole juice to make it more concentrated.
- Glucose. A simple sugar that provides your body's main source of energy. Also called blood sugar because it circulates in your blood.
- Granulated white sugar. This is table sugar, or pure crystallized sucrose, made by processing raw sugar from sugar cane or sugar beets. It's commonly used in baking or to sweeten tea or coffee.
- High fructose corn syrup. The most common sweetener in processed foods and beverages, this is a combination of fructose and glucose made by processing corn syrup.
- Honey. A mix of glucose, fructose and sucrose created from nectar made by bees.
- Invert sugar. Used as a food additive to preserve freshness and prevent shrinkage, this is a mix of fructose and glucose made by processing sucrose.
- Lactose. Sugar that occurs naturally in milk.
- Maltose. Starch and malt broken down into simple sugars and used commonly in beer, bread and baby food.
- Malt syrup. A grain syrup made from evaporated corn mash and sprouted barley.
- Molasses. The thick, dark syrup that's left after sugar beets or sugar cane is processed for table sugar.
- Sucrose. The chemical name for granulated white sugar (table sugar).
- Syrup. Sugar comes in many forms of syrup, a thick, sweet liquid that can be made from the processing of sugar or from sugar cane, grains such as corn or rice, maple sap, and other sources.
- White sugar. Same as granulated white sugar (table sugar).
Note from Maria: I am a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Public Health Degree in Nutrition from UNC at Chapel Hill. I have a passion for helping people with nutrition & wellness, especially moms. Women & moms provide care for everyone else often at the expense of considering their own needs. I hope to provide good resources to you to help you make nutrition and wellness a priority.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Sugar.... and all its names
If you are trying to decipher what is "sugar" on the ingredient label....here a "key" from the mayo clinic website that will help. You can also use the nutrition label to see how many total grams of sugar are in a serving. Here is the link to the article about sugar if you want to read more: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/added-sugar/MY00845