Did you know sugar is added to 74% of packaged foods and drinks you find at grocery stores? Yet when you go to look at the labels you often don’t see the word “sugar” printed on the back. As you begin to decode ingredient labels, it’s really important to know all the other words for sugar and sugar alcohols. Here’s a hint: Look for words that end in “-ose.”
Cane juice crystals
Corn syrup solids
Fruit juice concentrate (apple, grape, or pear)
High fructose corn syrup
That’s a short list. There are 61 different names for sugar out there (list here), and if you want to learn how all these hidden (added) sugars can affect you but don’t have the time to Google through complex research about sugar science, then I would recommend you check out sugarscience.org .
A group of 12 scientists and physicians at three universities (University of California, San Francisco, UC Davis and Emory University), developed the site to create the authoritative source for the science about added sugar and its impact on our health.
Go ahead and browse the multimedia rich site to learn just how must damage sugar can do to someone’s health. You can also see recommended sugar intake for men, women, and children; what products have the most added sugar; and how large amounts of sugar affect our health.
You can submit questions to the “SugarScientists” and download “Resource Kits” to share information within your community.
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Overall the site is a great tool for those looking to change their health or help others do the same.