FACT: The average American consumes about THREE POUNDS of sugar every single week in their regular diet.

Sugar is the most popular food additive. Nutrition experts all agree that we are consuming far too much sugar. It is finally being recognized as one of the greatest contributors of disease. This substance is contributing to the obesity epidemic, causing diabetes cases to skyrocket, principal driver of heart disease, and fueling cancer growth. Research shows that chronic sugar intake triggers negative changes to the hippocampus, which is the area for memory and stress. In addition, regular sugar consumption leads to high blood pressure, high levels of inflammation in the body, depression, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

How Prevalent Is Sugar?

Did you know that 80% of the shelves in the grocery store would be empty if all the food with sugar was removed?

Sugar is in almost everything! Check your breads, yogurt, ketchup, barbecue sauce, crackers, frozen meals, salad dressings, pickles, nut butters, and more!

If you wisely read nutrition labeling, avoiding obvious sugar ingredients when they’re listed as cane sugar or corn syrup, that is relatively easy. However, sugar goes by many names.

56 Common Names For Sugar

  • Barbados sugar
  • Barley malt
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Date sugar
  • Dehydrated cane juice
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextran
  • Dextrose
  • Diastatic malt
  • Diatase
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Free flowing brown sugars
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Granulated sugar
  • Grape sugar
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Malt
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Mannitol
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado
  • Panocha
  • Powdered sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar

Food manufacturers must list ingredients in descending order by quantity. Using different types of sugar permits them to list them among the sixth or eighth or tenth ingredients. Yet, when the ingredients are added together, sugar may be the number one ingredient!

Sugar Tips

  • Limit your sugar intake
  • Know the food you and your family are eating
  • Always make sure to read ingredients thoroughly
  • Choose products with less ingredients and more nutrients