Sugar! What is it really called?


Sugar. It’s in so many things! There are many different foods that have sugar in them or added to them, and some we may not even realize – even if we check the labels. Sugar has so many different names, you may not even be aware of how much sugar you are eating.

Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist, has compiled dozens of these aliases in his recent e-book, Sugar Has 56 Names.

Limiting sugar consumption is one of the best things you can do for your overall health, and in particular, your oral health. Eating and drinking too much sugar can increase the chance of tooth loss, and can also create a series of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Limiting sugar in your diet is no easy feat when we consider how many foods contain sugar, and the lengths that the food industry will go to in order to disguise sugar content. Take a look at our list below of all the names that sugar could fall under:


  • Agave nectar
  • Barbados sugar
  • Barley malt
  • Beet sugar
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Date sugar
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextran
  • Dextrose
  • Diastatic malt
  • Diatase
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Florida crystals
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Galactose
  • lucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltose
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Organic raw sugar
  • Panocha
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar

So for the sake of your oral health, try to limit the consumption of any of the above! If you have suffered from tooth loss, book a free consultation with one of our local dental experts!

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