What Is a No-Sugar Diet? A Nutritionist Explains the Trend’s Benefits

The difference between added sugar and natural sugar is important.

Naturally occurring sugars are found in food organically. These include fructose, which is found in fruit and root vegetables, lactose which is found in dairy products, and sucrose which is found in all different types of naturally occurring carbohydrates. Added sugar includes sugar that food manufacturers add to products to increase flavor or extend shelf life. In the Standard American Diet (SAD), top sources of added sugar include soda, fruit drinks, cereals, cookies, cakes, candy, flavored yogurts, and many processed foods.


Added sugars aren’t always so black-and-white, and can often disguise themselves in ingredients lists under names you might not be too familiar with. Some examples include:

  • Agave Nectar
  • Cane Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Raw Sugar
  • Glucose
  • Turbinado Sugar
  • Honey
  • Palm Sugar
  • Molasses
  • Beet Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Fructose
  • Barley Malt Syrup
  • Maltodextrin

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