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Bariatric Patients Beware: Alternate Names for Sugar

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Bariatric Patients Beware: Alternate Names for Sugar
Bariatric Patients Beware: Alternate Names for Sugar

Alternate Names for SugarBariatric patients should prioritize protein, then vegetables, and fruits. Added sugars are something that should be avoided in a weight loss surgery patient’s diet (see Dr. Shillingford’s post op diet guidelines). But this can be hard. Even harder than you think. That’s because sugar can be pervasive, appearing in food items you wouldn’t think to check, like meats, sauces, and soups. And it gets even trickier because food manufacturers sometimes use different forms of sugar in their products, meaning you might not see the word “sugar” listed on the ingredient list. Instead, you could see a name you don’t recognize as sugar.

Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients should always look at Nutrition Facts labels on the foods they eat. Also read the ingredients list. Foods with added sugars should be evaluated carefully in order to limit excess calories in favor of calories coming from protein sources, vegetables, and fresh fruits. Limiting calories from added sugars is one way for obesity surgery patients to maximize their weight loss.
We’ve gathered a partial list of alternate names for sugar. This information can be helpful for not only people looking to achieve weight loss, but anyone trying to limit added sugars in accordance with American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations. This list is not comprehensive, but represents many alternate names for sugar you may commonly see on ingredients lists.
Alternate Names for Sugar
  • Dextrose
  • Glucose
  • Sucrose
  • Agave nectar
  • Maltose
  • Molasses
  • Honey
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Raw sugar
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane sugar
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Maltodextrin
  • Agave syrup
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Molasses
  • Maple syrup
  • Invert sugar
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Carob syrup
For more information on bariatric diets, please visit Dr. Shillingford’s website Dr. Shillingford, MD, PA, is a board certified surgeon specializing in advanced laparoscopic and obesity surgery. His gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and gastric band patients receive specialized care at Northwest Medical Center’s Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, where Dr. Shillingford proudly serves as Medical Director. Follow up appointments are in Dr. Shillingford’s Boca Raton office, which is conveniently located for patients in nearby Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Wellington, West Palm Beach, and Delray Beach, but also for those in Orlando, Clearwater, and Tampa.