Finding the hidden sugar in your food.

We often think of sugar as the white stuff that we put into our tea or coffee, or use when we're baking cakes. But sugar comes in many shapes and forms, and sometimes it's hard to know what we're really eating. Reading the labels on food products can be a daunting prospect, so we've compiled a little list to help you find those hidden sugars, and be aware of what you're eating. Remember that all of these sugars can cause harm to your teeth.

Common Names for Added Sugars

  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • caster sugar
  • icing sugar
  • glucose
  • sucrose
  • fructose
  • corn syrup
  • cane juice
  • cane sugar
  • raw sugar
  • honey
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • malt syrup
  • maple syrup
  • molasses
  • golden syrup
  • maltose
  • muscovado sugar
  • turbinado sugar
  • demerara sugar
  • invert sugar
  • dextrose
  • agave nectar
  • treacle
  • rock sugar
  • palm sugar
  • brown rice syrup
  • maltodextrin
  • lactose

Despite the many different names, flavours and colours, the one thing to remember is that they are all essentially sugar - glucose or fructose. And too much will lead to tooth decay, as well as increase your risk of other health problems such as obesity and type II diabetes.

Some sugars may be marketed as 'healthy' or 'natural', but they are no better for you than any other type of sugar. 

You don't need to avoid sugar that occurs naturally in whole foods. Fruit, vegetables and dairy products all contain natural sugar, but they also contain fibre and other nutrients that make them far healthier than packaged and processed foods.