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Team NO Sugar: Check the ingredients

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So you've made the commitment to Team NO Sugar. But you've heard sugar has a lot of names, and reading labels can get really confusing. 

Don't panic! We put together this list of common (and a few not-so-common) names for sugar.  Print off the list and tuck it into your wallet or purse so you can refer to it at the store.

Now, find the ingredient list on the product in question. The ingredient list is usually located directly below the nutrition facts, though some products are different.

For the purposes of Team NO Sugar, most sugars are created equal. You CAN have the natural sugar found in fruit. If you need to sweeten your tea, you can use Truvia, Splenda and/or Stevia. You can also sprinkle it on your berries.

Regular sugars
Anything labeled "sugar","syrup" or "malt" is sugar. Most of the below have several names.

  • Sugar (brown sugar, cane sugar, raw sugar, beet sugar, confectioner's sugar, etc.)
  • Syrup (high fructose corn syrup [HFCS], malt syrup, refiner's syrup, rice syrup, etc.)

Artificial sugars

  • Aspartame
  • Acesulfame-K/Potassium
  • Equal
  • Nutra-Sweet
  • Saccharin
  • Splenda * OK to use for tea, berries
  • Stevia *OK to use for tea, berries
  • Sucralose
  • SweetLeaf
  • Sweet ‘n Low
  • Truvia *OK to use for tea, berries

Sugars hidden by scientific names

  • Dextran
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Disaccharide
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • Galactose
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Monosaccharide
  • Polysaccharide
  • Ribose
  • Saccharose
  • Sucrose
  • Xylose

"Natural" sugars

  • Agave Nectar
  • Coconut Nectar
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Date Sugar
  • (Evaporated) Cane juice
  • Fruit Juice
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Monk Fruit/Luo Han Guo
  • Rice Malt (extract)
  • (Sweet) Sorghum
  • Treacle

Sugar alcohols

  • Arabitol
  • Dulcitol
  • Erythritol
  • Glycol
  • Glycerol
  • Hydrogenated Starch Hydrosylate (HSH)
  • Iditol
  • Isomalt
  • Lactitol
  • Maltitol
  • Mannitol
  • Polyglycitol
  • Ribitol
  • Sorbitol
  • Threitol
  • Xylitol

Editor's Note: Please consult your doctor before starting any new diet or fitness program.  

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