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What's an added sugar? How to read the food labels

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For the #NoSugarTODAY challenge, we're asking you to kick the sweet stuff for 10 days. That means no added sugars, both real and artificial.

Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. Even if you check the food nutrition labels, the ingredients which may be sugar are not always clear. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these are names for added sugars you'll find on a food label:

  • Anhydrous dextrose
  • brown sugar
  • confectioner's powdered sugar
  • corn syrup
  • corn syrup solids
  • dextrose
  • fructose
  • high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • honey
  • invert sugar
  • lactose
  • malt syrup
  • maltose
  • maple syrup
  • molasses
  • nectars (such as peach nectar, pear nectar)
  • pancake syrup
  • raw sugar
  • sucrose
  • sugar
  • white granulated sugar

Other names for sugar may include cane juice, evaporated corn sweetener, fruit juice concentrate, crystal dextrose, glucose, liquid fructose, sugar cane juice, and fruit nectar.

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