“Muscovado” – How to catch manufacturer’s sneaky names for sugar.

Written By Katherine O

Do you know what “muscovado” is? How to catch the sneaky substitutes for sugar. 

How about “treacle”? Or how about “saccharose”? I didn’t either. They are all sneaky words for sugar. Yup. And, food manufacturers are getting more and more creative with their names for sugar as consumers are trying to avoid the dangerous white stuff. The most comprehensive list I’ve seen thus far is brought to us from Ohio State University and they put the current total at 61 separate names for sugar. You can find their full list here: https://fcs.osu.edu/sites/fcs/files/imce/PDFs/Sixty_One_Names_Sugar_handout.pdf Some of the less common ones they include:

  • Agave nectar
  • Demerara sugar
  • Maltose
  • Barbados sugar
  • Dextrin
  • Mannose
  • Barley malt
  • Dextrose
  • Maple syrup
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Beet sugar
  • Free-flowing brown sugars
  • Muscovado
  • Fructose
  • Palm sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Fruit juice
  • Panocha
  • Cane juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Carob syrup
  • Golden syrup
  • Saccharose
  • Castor sugar
  • Grape sugar
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Sucrose
  • Coconut sugar
  • Honey
  • Sweet sorghum
  • Corn sweetener
  • Malt syrup
  • Treacle
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Dehydrated cane juice

Please don’t be fooled, these are all sugar! If in moderation during your eating window, you want to have one of these, that’s completely fine. We just want to make sure though that it is your choice, not due to sneaky labeling on the part of food companies! If you find other names please share them with us in the comments below.  

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  1. Katherine O

    Wow, thank you for sharing this, Maria! It is a huge miss to be focusing ONLY on vaccines when there is so much we can do to help people be healthier and lower-risk for severe cases of COVID. We should be doing everything we can to help people be healthy and safe. I love that the UK is limiting advertising for junk food, that’s so needed in the US!


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