60+ Sneaky Names For Sugar – And Why You Crave Every One Of Them!

You might call your beloved “sweet thing” or maybe you’ve got a song on replay in your head about the sweet stuff, but let’s put the cute nicknames and catchy old tunes aside…

Because the granulated truth is that sugar is added to many processed foods, and manufacturers often use several different types, by several different names, so they can hide the real amount.

If you think about it, it’s no wonder we crave sugar so often (and intensely) as it’s literally everywhere – and avoiding it is no easy task either.

If you feel that you consume way too much sugar, bread, pasta, french fries​ join our 5 Day Sugar-Free Challenge for just $14.

Let’s sprinkle some sweetness into what’s really in a name, and uncover a number of healthy, natural sweeteners and sugar alternatives.

But, first…

What causes sugar cravings?
Reportedly up to 97% of women and 68% of men say they experience some sort of food craving, including cravings for sugar.

Your body may experience a craving for the sweet stuff (sometimes rather intensely) because it needs sugar to function optimally, and for an energy boost. Sugar cravings can be just as reward-based, habitual or even psychological as much as they are physical. 

Common reasons for craving are:
–       Poor sleep

–       In response to high stress

–       Dehydration

–       Skipping meals, and unbalanced diet – including too little carbohydrate (and sugar) intake

–       Nutrient deficiency, including low iron levels

–       Using too many artificial sweeteners

–       Always using sugar/sweet food as a reward

–       Depression and depressed mood 

The sneaky sugars that may be hiding in your cupboard!
If you think about it, it’s no wonder we crave sugar so often (and intensely) as it’s literally everywhere – and avoiding it is no easy task either.

Here are two of the simplest ways to identify hidden sugars:

Look for ingredients listed on packaged foods ending in -ose and ingredients or foods labeled as ‘syrup’ — both are just code for SUGAR!

Here are 60+ other nicknames for the sweet stuff:

●      Agave nectar
●      Barbados sugar (also called muscovado sugar)
●      Barley malt & barley malt syrup
●      Beet sugar
●      Brown sugar
●      Buttered syrup
●      Cane juice & cane juice crystals (sometimes called dehydrated or evaporated cane juice)
●      Cane sugar
●      Caramel
●      Carob syrup
●      Castor sugar (or baker’s sugar)
●      Coconut sugar (or coconut/palm sugar)
●      Confectioner’s sugar (or powdered/icing sugar)
●      Corn sweetener/syrup & corn syrup solids
●      D-ribose
●      Date sugar
●      Demerara sugar
●      Dextrin
●      Dextrose
●      Erythritol
●      Fructose & crystalline fructose
●      Fruit juice & fruit juice concentrate
●      Galactose
●      Glucose & glucose solids
●      Golden sugar
●      Golden syrup
●      Granulated sugar
●      Grape sugar
●      High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
●      Honey
●      Hydrolyzed starch
●      Invert sugar (or liquid invert sugar)
●      Jaggery
●      Malt syrup
●      Maltodextrin
●      Maltol
●      Maltose
●      Mannose
●      Maple syrup
●      Molasses
●      Panela sugar
●      Panocha cane sugar
●      Raw sugar
●      Refiner’s syrup
●      Rice syrup (or brown rice syrup)
●      Saccharose
●      Sorghum syrup
●      Sucrose (“table sugar”)
●      Sweet potato syrup
●      Sweet sorghum
●      Tapioca syrup
●      Treacle
●      Turbinado sugar
●      Yacon syrup
●      Yellow sugar

Keep it sweet, but make it natural
There’s no need to avoid naturally-occurring sugars found in whole foods as fruit and veggies do contain small amounts of carbohydrate (sugar). But, they also contain beneficial nutrients and other health-promoting compounds like fibre and antioxidants.

However, the negative effects of sugar consumption (that we’re made abundantly aware of in the media) are due to the staggering amount of added sugar that is present in the standard Western diet.

At the most basic level, the most effective way to reduce your overall sugar intake is to eat a diet rich in whole and unprocessed foods. However, if you do buy packaged foods, be aware of all those different names that sugar goes by! 

FUN FOOD FACT: Typically the sugar you buy at the grocery store is a ‘centrifugal sugar product” meaning that the crystals have been separated from the molasses by a machine at the refinery. 

But, most of what is sold as “brown sugar” is simply granulated sugar with a coating of molasses sprayed back on.  

​​ Keeping that in mind, be a savvier shopper, and don’t be swayed by claims of ‘all natural’, ‘unrefined’ or ‘organic’ on sweetener packages. 

While these claims may even be true, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a healthier product, has less grams of sugar, fewer calories or confers any health benefit. Always beware the “health halo”, especially when it comes to packaged foods. 

​​If you feel like you have no willpower when it comes to sweets and carbs​, join our 5 Day Sugar-Free Challenge for just $14.

The idea of healthy eating for weight loss is not to avoid sweet tastes and dessert forever. But to be able to choose healthy food and enjoy a dessert when the dessert is worth the calories))).

Enjoy the protein breakfast bars recipe with some natural sugar balanced with healthy amount of protein and fat to avoid the extreme sugar spikes:​​

​​No-bake Protein Breakfast Bars 

There’s no better way to fight sugar cravings than with a regular dose of protein, healthy fats and some natural sweetness – all in a convenient grab ‘n go bar!


2 cups pitted dates (soaked in ½ cup water for 30 mins; retain soaking water)
1 ½ cups vegan protein powder (can be vanilla or chocolate-flavored if desired, but unsweetened)
1 cup raw walnuts or pecans
½ cup raw sunflower seeds
⅓ cup chia seeds 
¼ cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
¼ cup hemp seeds
3 tbsp raw cacao powder


Place soaked dates & soaking water in a food processor, process on low until smooth paste forms. (Be sure the dates were pitted!)

Add all remaining ingredients to date paste and blend for 15 – 30 seconds until well incorporated.

You may have to use a silicone spatula to scrape down the sides, then blend again for a few seconds.

Scrape the mixture out and press into a square pan that has been covered with parchment paper.

Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours to harden (or overnight), then gently pull from the pan (teasing out with the edges of the parchment), place on a cutting board, and cut into snackable bars.

Replace bars into a tightly sealed container. Can be refrigerated for 2 weeks or frozen for up to a month.

NOTE: freezing, then thawing may cause bars to get a bit “crusty” around the edges.

And don’t be shy, if you need help fighting sugar cravings join my 5 Day Sugar-Free Challenge for just $14 and see your cravings disappear.

60+ Sneaky Names For Sugar – And Why You Crave Every One Of Them!

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