Sugarnyms: Disguised Sugar Products are Everywhere (Video)

By now you’ve probably heard that sugar is bad for you. Practically everywhere you read, there’s a new article talking about the metabolic effects of sugar on belly fat, your brain and your child’s risk for developing ADD.

However you slice it, there’s no two ways about it: sugar is bad for you. The biochemical machine in which you live was not designed to process table sugar.

That being said, I am still amazed at the number of people who consume products that contain artificial sweeteners derived from sugar. Intellectually, most people would agree that sugar is bad them, but yet sugar is present at most meals in a disguised form.

Food manufacturers have become increasingly intelligent, and have now disguised the word sugar by using names that consumers do not recognize. More importantly, food manufacturers trick consumers outright, and promote these artificial sweeteners as being healthy.

What is a Sugarnym?

Here I have compiled a list of over 50 synonyms for sugar. I call these “sugarnyms.”  These artificial sweeteners are practically everywhere, and are incredibly easy to ingest. They are found in packaged, bottled and boxed products in the grocery store.


Worse off, sugarnyms are in your kitchen cupboards. They are in your pantry. They are in your refrigerator. They are in your office desk. The sugarnyms highlighted in bold below are found in many commonly eaten food products:

  • Barley malt
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Date sugar
  • Dextran
  • Dextrose
  • Diastatic malt
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Fructorse
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden sugar
  • Solden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maple srup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Panocha
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner's syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sucralose
  • Sugar
  • Treacle
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar

A Harmless Trip to the Grocery Store

Just to prove how pervasive these sugarnyms are artificial sweeteners are, I took a quick trip to the grocery store and found selected a number of products that I routinely see in the kitchens and fridges of my friends, family and clients. Don’t be fooled by the words “organic” or “hardworking” or “natural,” sugarnyms are all over the place:

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What if you Have a Sweet Tooth?

People often tell me that they have a sweet tooth, and that they crave sweet foods at the end of the day. I often hear the following:

If I don’t eat something sugary like chocolate, bad things happen. I get irritable, annoyed or just plain upset.

My response? Congratulations, you have a sugar addiction. And this is no joke, sugar addiction is real. Very real. According to my good friends at PeerWell,

…In order to talk about sugar addiction, we first must understand addiction as a concept. Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Put simply – with other behaviors you are in control of your choices, with an addiction you are not. You cannot stop behaving in a certain way despite your knowledge that your actions are harming you.

Read the entire article “Is Sugar Addiction Real?” by clicking here.

A Crash Course in Brain Biochemistry


If you are hungry for sweet foods at the end of the day, it usually means one thing and one thing only: you did not consume sufficient carbohydrates earlier in the day.

The truth is, your brain is not asking for table sugar, rather it is asking for carbohydrates. Make no mistake about it, your brain runs on glucose for 99% of your waking life. Therefore, it is very important to ensure a consistent intake of carbohydrates throughout the day in order to provide your brain with the energy that it requires for cognition.


So if you have a sweet tooth causes trouble at the end of the day, then be sure to consume easily digestible, readily available carbohydrates from real sources throughout the day, and watch your sweet tooth disappears virtually overnight. In addition, PeerWell suggests 7 other methods of eradicating that sweet tooth once and for all. And trust me when I say this – these methods work very well.

Here is what two of my clients had to say about their switch from refined sweeteners to real carbohydrates:

"Now that I am eating real carbohydrate foods, my cravings for sweets and caffeine have almost completely gone away. It’s nice to feel free from eating sugary foods. My husband and I simply have no desire for cookies and sugar anymore. We could care less about them." Amy and Ronald

Two Alternatives to Refined Sugar

So what if you’re looking for alternatives to sugary foods? What should you turn to in order to get the carbohydrates your brain needs? The foods below are excellent choices for readily available fast acting carbohydrates:

Sugar Alternative #1: Medjool Dates

Medjool dates are nature’s candy. They are incredibly sweet packets of easily digestible carbohydrates. They’re so sweet in fact that only a couple of dates can satiate even the strongest sweet tooth. The beauty of the medjool dates is that they are incredibly nutritious, and have been a staple food in the Middle East for thousands of years. Visit any open air market in northern Africa or the Middle East and you will find vendors selling hundreds of date varieties.



Sugar Alternative #2: Organic Raisins

Raisins are another phenomenal alternative to sugar. Raisins are also quite sweet, and fulfill the criteria of “easily digestible readily available carbohydrate.” Be sure to buy these organic, because grapes tend to be treated with a large collection of pesticides during growth, and are often found on the dirty dozen list of the most contaminated fruits and vegetables.



Take Home Message

The next time you are in the grocery store, take a moment to think twice before blindly choosing a package with good marketing. Reducing your intake of sugar and sugarnyms can have a profound positive impact on your ability to concentrate, exercise and sleep. It takes some effort, but I can assure you that eliminating even a mild sugar addiction is one of the best things you can do for your body. Period.

Want More Real Food Sugar Alternatives?

I have been studying carbohydrate nutrition for over a decade, and earned a PhD from UC Berkeley in Nutritional Biochemistry in order to understand the pros and cons of the low-carbohydrate movement, and to understand the molecular level details of nutrient transport. What I have learned and experienced personally in the past 11 years has turned me into a carbohydrate advocate, and has reinforced not only the benefits of carbohydrate nutrition but the obligate requirement of carbohydrates to sustain brain health, liver health, muscle health and cardiovascular health in the long term.

Because of this, I’ve compiled this knowledge into a science-and-recipe-guide that focuses on a high intake of REAL carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables, and discourages the intake of FAKE carbohydrates from grains, cereals, pastas, breads, rice and artificial sweeteners.

The information in this book is designed to turbocharge your overall energy levels, increase your ability to be active and greatly simplify blood sugar management. If you are a person with prediabetes, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes, this 100+ page PDF guide is an indispensable resource that can help take your health and wellbeing to the next level.

About The Author

Cyrus Khambatta

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 22, I have spent over a decade learning the fundamentals of nutrition at the doctorate level. My goal is to share my knowledge of practical nutrition and fitness with people with prediabetes, type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is an OPPORTUNITY to attain excellent health. Reversing the effects of insulin resistance can be a fun and enjoyable process if the right system is in place. That's why I've spent over 10 years developing a rock solid system that can minimize blood glucose variability and insulin resistance.

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