What are Added Sugars

Sugar is found naturally in a huge number of foods, however it is often the case that added sugars are included as a primary ingredient to prepared and processed foods. So 'what are added sugars?' I hear you all ask. Well these are additional sugars and syrups that are added to make processed foods sweeter and taste better.

This page is going to explain the types of added sugars you are to look out for when checking out the ingredients of a product, and also the broader types of foods that it is likely these added sugars are going to be found in.

Added sugars are all too common nowadays in a western society where junk and snack foods are in high demand. They are often termed as empty calories, due to the fact that they offer little or no nutritional value when consumed.

The added sugars to look out for are:

  • anhydrous dextrose
  • brown sugar
  • cane juice
  • confectioner's powdered sugar
  • corn syrup
  • corn syrup solids
  • crystal dextrose
  • dextrose
  • evaporated corn sweetener
  • fructose
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • fruit nectar
  • glucose
  • high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • honey
  • invert sugar
  • lactose
  • liquid fructose
  • malt syrup
  • maltose
  • maple syrup
  • molasses
  • nectars (peach nectar, pear nectar)
  • pancake syrup
  • raw sugar
  • sucrose
  • sugar
  • sugar cane juice
  • white granulated sugar

The most common products associated with added sugars are:

  • soft drinks
  • energy drinks
  • sports drinks
  • sodas
  • candy
  • cakes
  • cookies
  • pies
  • sweet rolls,
  • pastries
  • donuts
  • fruit drinks, such as fruitades and fruit punch
  • dairy desserts
  • ice cream
  • frozen yogurt

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