Various Types of Sugars and Sweeteners

For some Singaporeans, sugars are their sweet friend. They should be careful because according to research, sugars can contribute to your early demise. The largest source of calories for some Singaporeans emanates from sugar. Your soft drinks, fruit juices, pretzels, cheese spread, infant formula and other foods contain sugar.

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Obesity is a global epidemic. It is not only happening in Singapore. It is important that everyone is aware of the various types of sugars and sweeteners so they can avoid and deal with it. Everyone should be mindful that too much consumption of sugars can increase your risk and it can eventually lead to deadly conditions.

So, for your safety and the people around you, you should be able to identify different types of sugars and sweeteners. Here’s an overview:

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  • Monosaccharides: Examples of monosaccharides include glucose, fructose and dextrose. They are simple sugars.
  • Disaccharide sucrose: If you combine simple sugars, they are called disaccharide sucrose. The famous disaccharide sucrose is table sugar.
  • HFCS: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is comprise of 55% of fructose and 45% of glucose.
  • Sugar alcohols: Sugar alcohols are becoming popular. They are called sweeteners. Examples include sorbitol, xylitol, erythritol, glycerol and many more.
  • Agave syrup: Agave syrup is highly processed. That means it contain 80% of fructose. It is not advisable for its fructose content.
  • Honey: Honey constitutes about 53% of fructose. Honey is perhaps the most beneficial of all sugar types. If taken into moderation, it can be an antioxidant. 

Now that you can differentiate the types of sugar, you will know what to avoid. That is better than consuming it blindly.

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