Careful reading of labels is necessary to know how much added sugar you are getting.
Here is a list of some of the possible code words for “sugar” which may appear on a label.
Hint: the words “syrup”, “sweetener”, and anything ending in “ose” can usually be assumed to be “sugar”. If the label says “no added sugars”, it should not contain any of the following: (although the food could contain naturally-occurring sugars such as lactose in milk)
Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
Dehydrated Cane Juice
Fruit juice concentrate
High-fructose corn syrup
Sorghum or sorghum syrup
Remember, your body doesn’t care what the label says, it’s all just “sugar”!
A Word about Sugar Alcohols
A lot of “Sugar Free” foods have ingredients called sugar alcohols in them such as maltitol and sorbitol. These ingredients can be as bad as or worse than sugar.