Hidden Sugars

Finding hidden sugars

You know when you are eating sugar, don’t you? You see it, you taste it… don’t you?


It turns out that many times you are eating sugar and not even aware. There are many hidden sugars in our diets and they show up in crackers, coffee, peanut butter, salad dressing, sauces, salsa and many other foods.

If you take a peek at a label, it is often hard to determine if what you are reading is a sugar. One of the best ways is to look out for the OSE ending; many sugars have an OSE ending: glucose, fructose, maltose… This is not a guarantee, but it take care of a lot of them. Take a look at the list below and see how many ingredients are actually sugars.

Here is a list of Hidden Sugars

  • · Beet sugar
  • · Brown sugar
  • · Cane sugar
  • · Concentrated grape juice
  • · Confectioner’s sugar
  • · Corn sweeteners
  • · Corn syrup
  • · Crystallized cane juice
  • · Dextrin
  • · Dextrose
  • · Evaporated cane juice
  • · Fructose
  • · Fruit juice concentrate
  • · Galactose
  • · Glucose
  • · High-fructose corn syrup
  • · Honey
  • · Invert sugar
  • · Lactose
  • · Malt
  • · Maltitol
  • · Maltodextrin
  • · Maltose
  • · Mannitol
  • · Maple syrup
  • · Molasses
  • · Powdered sugar
  • · Rapadura
  • · Raw sugar
  • · Sorbitol
  • · Sorghum
  • · Sucrose
  • · Table sugar
  • · Turbinado sugar
  • · White sugar
  • · Xylitol

Other Hidden Sugars

Of course, the most hidden of the hidden sugars are the foods that foods that act like sugar. These are foods like grains, starchy vegetable and some fruits that act just like sugar in your body. If you are looking to make the plunge into a sugar-free diet, remember to include the removal of these foods that act like sugar.

While it is hard to lead a completely sugar-free life, this little guide should help you on your way to a healthier you.

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I'm Dr. Scott Olson ND. I'm a Naturopathic doctor who specializes in diet, health, nutrition, and alternative medicine. I've written numerous books and articles on health, medicine, and alternative medicine I want to help you get healthy! Take a look at my blog and make sure you join in the conversation!

6 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. suzanne March 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    can i eat fage o% fat yogurt during the 30 days?

    • Dr. Scott March 22, 2011 at 7:35 am - Reply

      I’m not a big fan of dairy foods, but yogurt is low-glycemic and does fit the program.

  2. chrissy March 16, 2010 at 2:42 am - Reply

    What about sugar alcohols?

    • Dr. Scott March 17, 2010 at 2:09 am - Reply

      The sugar alcohols (the most popular being xylitol) have largely unknown effects on the body. All the action in research is focused on glucose and what it does in the body. There is very little research on how the sugar alcohols effect our blood sugar.

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