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List of Refined Sugar Names

List of Refined Sugar Names

Here’s a comprehensive List of Refined Sugar Names. Best to know them all – there are dozens of them! I also share which refined sugar is the worst when you have Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance. Read on to get the list…you need to know all these sneaky sugar names!


Did you know there are over 50 names for refined sugar? Why is this so? Well...

1. Food manufacturers have taken raw sugar and done a whole bunch of wonky stuff to it with chemicals! (uhhh...that sounds bad!)

2. AND made different kinds of REFINED sugar

3. AND given these NEW kinds of refined sugar chemical-based names and very odd names...

So what does that mean for you?

It's SUPER hard to know what you're REALLY eating because you don't know if something has sugar in it or not!

Should you care about this? Is this bad?

Yes! Eating too much sugar is linked with many HORRIBLE health conditions I'm sure you don't want to get!

Health Conditions linked to Overeating Sugar

So...you'll NEED to know when you're eating refined sugar! AND the only way to know is to know all the names for refined sugar!

(see the handy list at the end of this blog post)

What's the Worst Kind of Refined Sugar?

The worst kind of refined sugar is High Fructose Corn Syrup!

High fructose corn syrup is made from GMO corn.

This corn is NOT the same kind of corn you would eat from a cob at your county fair.

How is High Fructose Corn Syrup made? (read on...it's gross)

1. First GMO corn is made into corn starch.

2. Then the corn starch is processed to becomes corn syrup.

3. Chemicals and enzymes are then used to permanently change the corn syrup so it tastes sweeter.

This all sounds very gross, disgusting and super unnatural!

Do yourself a favor and decide right now, today, to NEVER eat high fructose corn syrup again.

High fructose corn syrup is also called HFCS, glucose-fructose, isoglucose and glucose-fructose syrup.

Are Artificial Sugars Better?

Some women ditch refined sugar and switch to artificial sugars.

But are artificial sugars better?

No! Artificial sugars trick your body into thinking you just ate sugar…then you crave carbs like crazy!

You also cause your body to develop insulin resistance and you'll be more likely to gain weight. You can learn more about how terrible artificial sugars are here.

List of Refined Sugar Names

If you don’t know the List of Refined Sugar Names, you don’t stand a chance...

...AND it will be very hard to make sure you are eating healthy food vs. food that will cause you health problems (which is the stuff full of refined sugar).

So save the image below to your phone for handy reference!

refined sugar names

List of Refined Sugar Names (text version)

Yes, there are sneaky refined sugar names that trick us...and here they are again in text version (or share the image above on your own social media).

I told you there was dozens of them!!!

  • Barley Malt
  • Beet Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Buttered Syrup
  • Cane Juice Crystals
  • Cane Juice Solids
  • Cane Juice
  • Caramel Syrup
  • Carob Syrup
  • Concentrate Fruit Juice (Grape, Apple)
  • Corn Syrup
  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Date Sugar
  • Dehydrated Cane Juice
  • Dehydrated Fruit Juice (Grape, Apple)
  • Dextran
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Diatase
  • Diatastic Malt
  • Ethyl Maltol
  • Fructose
  • Fruit Juice
  • Fruit Juice Crystals
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Glucose-Fructose
  • Glucose Solids
  • Golden Syrup
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
  • Lactose
  • Malt Syrup
  • Maltodextrin: (Yes, it will raise your blood sugar, but it’s not included on the sugar portion of the nutrition label. It’s a sneaky way to hide sugar in processed food!)
  • Maltose
  • Maple Syrup
  • Refiner's Syrup
  • Rice Syrup
  • Sorghum Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Turbinado
  • Yellow Sugar

Bookmark this List of Refined Sugar Names on your phone! That way you can access the list the next time you’re at the grocery store, staring at labels trying to determine if you’re being duped! (Which you likely are.)

Want to Learn More?

You can learn more about this whole sugar thing here:


About the Author Joan Pasay

As a Nutrition & Lifestyle Therapist I felt compelled to start Power In The Group. Why? To guide and support women like you with Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance so you can regain and nourish your health...without all the confusion. Together we can enjoy the richest quality of life for ourselves, with our families, and within our society...wanna come along?

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