6 Names for Hidden Sugars

One of the hardest parts about cutting back on sugar is all of the different names that food companies use to hide sugar on the ingredients label.  Here are 6 of the most common names for hidden sugars.

1. TURBINADO

Turbinado is a fancy word for sugar that "health" food companies like Smoothie King use to hide the ~75 grams of sugar packed into your food. The name comes from the turbine they spin the sugar in while making it.

2. BROWN RICE SYRUP

Look out for this one in your snacks and meal bars.

3. WHITE GRAPE JUICE

This is one of the trickier hidden sugars. It sounds so great! But white grape juice is basically straight sugar.

4. SHERBET & SORBET

This is an additive in many smoothies to increase their sweetness profile, but sherbet and sorbet often have more sugar than ice cream.

5. MALTODEXTRIN

While it is technically a complex carb, maltodextrin acts like a sugar and causes a sugar spike. It's added to many foods as a bulking and sweeting agent.

6. AGAVE NECTAR

This one is tricky because it sounds so healthy, but it's another form of sugar commonly used in foods that are marketed as healthy.

 

What did you think?  Are there other hidden sugars that people should know about?  Let us know in the comments!

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