Finding hidden sugar in your food!


Sugar is one of the most addictive food substances, and makes a large part of natural and processed foods.

While some sugars are naturally found in fruits and vegetables, it’s the processed forms we need to be careful of!

Different names of Sugar

Here are a few ways to identify sugar in packaged foods. If you know how much sugar you are consuming, you are more likely to make informed decisions about consuming those foods!

Look for these words on food packets when you go to grocery store.

  • Agave, Agave nectar
  • Corn syrup, High fructose corn syrup
  • Rice syrup
  • Cane juice, Cane syrup
  • Fructose, Dextrose, Maltose, Sucrose
  • Fruit concentrates
  • Malt syrup
  • Date syrup
  • Isoglucose
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut sugar, Palm sugar, Jaggery, Molasses
  • Refined Sugar, Processed Sugar, Date Sugar, Brown Sugar

Sugar is the #1 factor in causing rapid blood sugar spikes, which can alter your metabolism and your bio-chemistry and cause a lot of harm.

Also, intense sugar cravings or sugar addiction is very hard to break, and can cause binge eating habits and eating disorders in people.

The best way to avoid eating sugar is to eat healthy, natural whole foods. Get your sweet cravings from natural fruits, dates or by making your own healthy desserts at home using natural sweeteners!

Disclaimer – Before making any changes to your diet, pls consult your doctor for an opinion, especially if you have any medical issues or if you are pregnant.


Functional Nutritionist & Functional Medicine Practitioner

Smriti is a leading Health Coach and Functional Medicine Practitioner, based out of Gurgaon, India.