Names for Sugar

Sugar goes by many names. Don’t be fooled into thinking that coconut palm sugar or organic agave nectar are any better for your health and fertility than high fructose corn syrup. When it comes to sugar, your body doesn’t care where it came from or whether or not it’s organic. If you’re trying to get pregnant, the number one thing you can do to improve your chance of conceiving is to eliminate sugar (in all its forms) from your diet.

Sugar alcohols also impact insulin levels and can interfere with gut health. They should be avoided.

A lot of my clients ask me about stevia. While stevia doesn’t appear to directly affect insulin levels, it has been shown to interfere with fertility. I recommend avoiding while trying to conceive, just to be on the safe side.

If you’re looking for something sweet, choose whole fruit.

The Many Names of Sugar (sadly, this is probably not an exhaustive list):

  • agave syrup
  • barley malt syrup
  • beet sugar
  • brown rice syrup
  • brown sugar
  • cane crystals
  • coconut sugar
  • coconut palm sugar
  • corn sweetener
  • corn syrup
  • date sugar
  • dehydrated cane juice
  • dextrin
  • dextrose
  • evaporated cane juice
  • fructose
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • galactose
  • glucose
  • glucose-fructose syrup
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • honey
  • invert sugar
  • lactose
  • maltodextrin
  • malt syrup
  • maltose
  • maple syrup
  • maple sugar
  • molasses
  • palm sugar
  • raw sugar
  • rice syrup
  • saccharose
  • sorghum
  • sorghum syrup
  • sucrose
  • syrup
  • treacle
  • turbinado sugar
  • xylose

Sugar Alcohols:

  • erythritol
  • glycerol
  • glycerin (or glycerine)
  • hydrogenated starch hydrolysate
  • isomalt
  • lactitol
  • mannitol
  • maltitol
  • polydextrose
  • sorbitol
  • xylitol

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