The 95 names of sugar

I don’t consume anything on this list — not even stevia, honey, or agave.

Compiling this list of natural and artificial sweeteners reminded me of the classic Arthur C. Clarke science fiction short story “The Nine Billion Names of God“. The creation of my list didn’t trigger a universe-shaking event, but it brought home for me how hard we humans have worked to support our sugar addiction. How many hours of effort does each item on the list represent — especially the artificial sweeteners? When you think of research, testing, marketing, and so on, it’s truly sobering.

Almost 100 different types of natural and artificial sweeteners are listed below; sometimes we humans really are too smart for our own good.

List of all natural and artificial sweeteners

To make it easy for you to quickly scan the list, I listed them alphabetically, without separating out natural vs. artificial sweeteners. I also added brand names for the artificial ones, where possible.

If I missed any, please let me know.

  1. Acesulfame Potassium (Sunnett, Sweet One)
  2. Agave nectar/ agave syrup
  3. Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal)
  4. Barley malt
  5. Beet sugar
  6. Blackstrap molasses
  7. Brown rice syrup
  8. Brown sugar
  9. Buttered syrup
  10. Cane juice crystals
  11. Cane sugar
  12. Caramel
  13. Carob syrup
  14. Castor sugar
  15. Coconut sugar
  16. Confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
  17. Corn sweetener
  18. Corn syrup
  19. Corn syrup solids
  20. Crystalline fructose
  21. Cyclamate
  22. Date sugar
  23. Dehydrated cane juice
  24. Demerara sugar
  25. Dextrin
  26. Dextrose
  27. Diastatic malt
  28. D-ribose
  29. Erythritol (Zerose, Zsweet)
  30. Ethyl maltol
  31. Evaporated cane juice
  32. Florida crystals
  33. Fructose
  34. Fruit juice
  35. Fruit juice concentrate
  36. Galactose
  37. Glucose
  38. Glucose solids
  39. Glycerin
  40. Glycerol (glycerin, glycerine)
  41. Glycyrrhizin (licorice)
  42. Golden sugar
  43. Golden syrup
  44. Grape sugar
  45. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
  46. Honey
  47. Hydrogenated starch hydrolysate (HSH)
  48. Icing sugar
  49. Inulin
  50. Invert sugar
  51. Isomalt (clearcut isomalt, Decomalt, Diabetisweet (also contains acesulfame-k), hydrogenated isomaltulose, isomaltitol)
  52. Jaggery
  53. Lactitol
  54. Lactose
  55. Malt syrup
  56. Maltitol (hydrogenated high maltose content glucose syrup, hydrogenated maltose, Lesys , Maltisweet, Sweetpearl)
  57. Maltodextrin
  58. Maltose
  59. Mannitol
  60. Maple syrup
  61. Molasses
  62. Monk fruit (luo han guo)
  63. Muscovado sugar
  64. Neotame
  65. Neotame
  66. Palm sugar
  67. Panela sugar
  68. Panocha
  69. Polydextrose
  70. Rapadura
  71. Raw cane sugar
  72. Raw sugar
  73. Refined sugar
  74. Refiner’s syrup
  75. Rice bran syrup
  76. Rice syrup
  77. Saccharin (Necta Sweet, sodium saccharin
    Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin)
  78. Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin, Sugar Twin)
  79. Saccharose
  80. Sorbitol (d-glucitol, d-glucitol syrup)
  81. Sorghum syrup
  82. Stevia/Rebaudioside (A Sweet Leaf, Sun Crystals, Steviva, Truvia, PureVia)
  83. Sucanat
  84. Sucralose (1′,4,6′-trichlorogalactosucrose, trichlorosucrose, Equal Sucralose, Natrataste Gold, Splenda)
  85. Sucralose (Splenda)
  86. Sucrose
  87. Sugar / Sucrose /table sugar
  88. Syrup
  89. Tagatose (Natrulose)
  90. Treacle
  91. Treacle sugar
  92. Turbinado sugar
  93. Xylitol (Smart Sweet, Xylipure, Xylosweet)
  94. Yacon syrup
  95. Yellow sugar

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