Think Sugar is Just Sugar? Think Again. It Also Hides Behind These Aliases…

Pretty much any word that ends in –ose (dextrose, fructose, galactose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose)
Barley Malt
NutritionBrown rice syrup
Cane juice
Corn syrup
Diastatic malt
Dried cane syrup
Ethyl maltol
Maple syrup
Refiner’s syrup
Rice syrup
Fruit juice (or fruit juice concentrate)
High fructose corn syrup
Sorghum syrup
And of course, anything with “sugar” in the name, no matter how pure it sounds: beet sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, date sugar, demerara sugar, golden sugar, grape sugar, invert sugar, powdered sugar, raw sugar, turbinado sugar, yellow sugar.

Then There are the Fake Sugar Substitutes…

Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet, many “sugar free” foods)
Acesulfame potassium
Glycyrrhizin (licorice)
Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate (HSH)
Isomalt (DiabetiSweet)
Neotame (NutriSweet)
Saccharin (Sweet’n Low)
Sucralose (Splenda)
Rebiana (refined Stevia)
Tagatose (Natrulose)

Are you taking a stand against these hidden sugars and joining our 30 day challenge? Remember to check your labels for these lurking hidden sugars!

Of course, changing your eating plan will be much easier if you’re prepared. That’s why we created a list of things to avoid…and things we CAN eat during the challenge.

Add any you can think of in the comments below.

Foods You Can Eat

Steel cut or rolled oats (watch what you put in them though!)
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Grass-fed beef and pastured chicken
Grass-fed butter
Smoothies with organic ingredients (and no added sweeteners)
Unsweetened iced tea
Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Flax Sprouted Whole Grain Bread
Post Shredded Wheat
Unsweetened almond milk
Fresh Market Organic Tomato Sauce
Popcorn—fresh popped, not out of a bag—with sea salt
Nutritional yeast
Organic coconut, olive, and avocado oils

*note: we have no interest in any brands we recommend here. They’re simply healthier ones we’ve come across.

Foods to Avoid

Energy bars
Most cereals
Milk (including soy milk)
Frozen dinners
Most breads
Most pasta sauce
Some cheeses
Flavored oatmeal and yogurt
BBQ sauce
Energy drinks
Canned baked beans
Most fruit juices
Most dried fruit
Most bottled salad dressings

Here’s to being sugar free!


  1. Could you comment on ingesting honey, in terms of its metabolic “sugar” response.

    1. Milk is on the forbidden list, because most milk has lactose. Some people don’t produce enough lactase to break down the milk products, therefore they have lactose intolerance. While it’s not life threatening like a milk allergy, it can be very uncomfortable, with symptoms like gas and belly pain. Soy milk is also surprisingly high in sugar (unless it says unsweetened), worse if the flavor is chocolate (because to counter chocolate’s bitterness, what do they add? Sugar).


    2. Because only humans drink milk after weaning.In other words, milk is for infants.

  2. Honey and milk are on the forbidden list because they are pasteurized and/or homogenized which makes them higher glycemic which in milk creates micro fat globules which harm the heart.

  3. Please comment on Stevia as being on the fake sugar list: i.e. is it bad for you…My understanding is it has No glyceimic index value.
    Is the fact that it tastes sweet a problem? Please expand on this topic. I am wondering if the body reacts as if it has ingested a real sugar due to the taste. Since their is not energy value in stevia to fuel weight gain or otherwise metabolic process…What is the problem with it..

  4. As a type 2 diabetic, will cutting out all sugars create a hypoglycemic condition with my insulin?

  5. Is it true Stevia is ok if purchased in liquid form? I read the maltodextrin is only in the powdered form. So I’m wondering if it’s ok to use a bit to sweeten hot tea. Of course, I still do not know if Stevia is even good for you in any form. I purchased no sugar organic coconut milk for smoothies, I prefer coconut over almond, i do not see anything the ingredients that list any hidden sugars. Also wonder if potatoes are ok.

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