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Rethink Your Sweets

Added sugar is sugar added to processed or prepared foods.

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Use the food label to help you select foods low in added sugar.

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Sugar has all types of names, but anytime you see a word ending in “OSE” you can be certain that that ingredient is a type of sugar.

Sugar by Other Names

  • Agave nectar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • FructOSE
  • DextrOSE
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • GlucOSE
  • High fructOSE corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • MaltOSE
  • Malt syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Raw sugar
  • Turbinado sugar
  • SucrOSE
  • Syrup

Manufacturers may break apart different kinds of sugar so that it does not appear as the first ingredient.*

The ingredient list can be deceiving. Sugar is listed four times.

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*Ingredients are listed in order of weight, with the ingredient present in the largest amount by weight listed first.