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List of Ingredients

All ingredients in the food item are listed by most to least amount of weight.

Know the names of sugar ingredients to help you find sugar in the foods you eat.

All ingredients in the food item are listed by most to least amount of weight. This means that foods contain:

  • more of the ingredients at the start of the list, and
  • less of the ingredients at the end of the list

The ingredient list can help you look for certain ingredients and help you avoid those that you have been advised not to eat.

Find Sugar on a List of Ingredients

Sugar in your diet will raise your blood sugar.

Sugar appears in many forms. Look for the names below in the ingredient list to find sugar in your food.

  • molasses
  • fruit puree
  • liquid sugar
  • honey
  • juice
  • invert sugar
  • cane sugar
  • agave
  • dextrin
  • sugar beets
  • sucrose
  • dextrose
  • maple syrup
  • brown sugar
  • glucose-fructose
  • malt syrup
  • anhydrous dextrose
  • brown rice syrup
  • cane syrup
  • fruit-juice concentrate
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • high maltose corn syrup

The example below is an ingredient list for a food that has a lot of sugar:

INGREDIENTS:GLUCOSE-FRUCTOSE, CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT (INSULIN FIBRE), SUGAR, WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, PUFFED WHEAT, HIGH MALTOSE CORN SYRUP, WHOLE GRAIN BARLEY FLAKES, CHOCOLATE CHIPS (CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, MILK INGREDIENT, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL FLAVOUR), CORN BRAN, PALM KERNAL OIL, CRISP RICE (RICE FLOUR, MALT EXTRACT, SUGAR, SALT), CANOLA OIL, WHEAT BRAN, GLYCERIN, COCOA, WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT, GRAHAM FLOUR, SOY LECITHIN, CORN STARCH, NATURAL FLAVOUR, MALTODEXTRIN, SALT, TRISODIUM PHOSPHATE, BHT.

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