April 23, 2018
Hiding Sugar in Cereals

Supermarket Buying Guide: Cereal

Hiding Sugar in Cereals

by Edward R. Blonz, Ph.D.  

Manufacturers have become adept at finding ways to pour spoonfuls of sugar into packaged cereals and other products and not have the sweetener appear high on the ingredients list (which must list ingredients in descending order by weight). By adding several forms of sugar to a cereal, they can list each one separately, so that none looks like a major ingredient. However, if you totaled them all, sugar would move far closer to the beginning of the list—or even rise to the top. So don’t be misled by the many guises of what’s all essentially sugar.

A sampling of sugar guises:

  • Barley malt
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane sugar
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Concentrated apple, grape or pear juice
  • Corn syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Grape sugar
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Levulose
  • Maple syrup
  • Malt syrup
  • Molasses
  • Rice syrup
  • Sorghum
  • Turbinado (raw) sugar

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