How To Identify Sugar On A Label

How To Identify Sugar On A Label

Did you know foods high in sugar provide empty calories, they are addictive and there is no nutritional value.  However, trying to avoid sugar is definitely a challenge.  Companies list the ingredients on food labels trying to disguise the word sugar.  You may have actually purchased a product not realizing there is added sugar.

Easiest way to identify sugar

Did you know that usually words ending in ‘ose’ is one of the easier ways to identify sugar. 

Some examples are:

  • SucroseHow To Identify Sugar On A Label
  • Maltose
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • Galactose  (this one sounds like a video game I played as a child)
  • Lactose 
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Glucose solids


Are there any sugars which don’t end in ‘ose’. 

Yes, there are!  And they are more difficult to identify.  Here are a few:

  1. Ethyl maltol – used as flavouring in baked goods, chewing gum and beverages
  2. Maltodextrin – used as a thickener, not as sweet as other sugars, its made from refined corn, rice or potato , barley or wheat starch
  3. Corn syrup – made from corn and found in many processed foods and beverages

Do you know any other words used to disguise sugar?  Share them with us below in the comments.

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