December 21, 2014
Evaporated Cane Juice on Labels
Wellness Tip

Evaporated Cane Juice on Labels

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

Be aware that "evaporated cane juice" is just another name for sugar and is not “juice.” Many foods and beverages still use the term in their ingredients lists to make the products seem more healthful, even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared this to be false and misleading.

Some customers have sought—and recently won—sweet revenge.

In 2009 a class action lawsuit was brought against White Wave (maker of Horizon dairy and Silk soy products), charging that several of its milks and yogurts were misbranded because they listed “evaporated cane juice” instead of sugar. The case was settled in July: The company did not admit wrongdoing but agreed to change its labeling to “cane sugar.”

Though cane sugar retains more vitamins and minerals than refined white table sugar because it is less processed, any differences are minuscule. Similar lawsuits have been filed against other companies, including Kashi, Chobani and Trader Joe’s.