Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Eat Less Sugar...

Eat Less Sugar...


As with any other food or nutrient, you do not need to completely eliminate sugar from your diet in order to be healthy. It is especially difficult to avoid sugar if you eat packaged foods, so start by preparing more of your own meals, snacks and sweets to control the amount in the foods you eat. Here are some other tips:

Eat dark chocolate to fill a craving for something sweet.

Eat whole fruit for the sweetness of natural sugar, plus the benefit of fiber.
Reduce sugar in recipes for cookies, cakes, and other baked goods by 1/4th to 1/3rd.

Use sugar substitutes such as applesauce in baked goods.

Use extracts such as vanilla or lemon, or spices such as nutmeg or allspice, to increase flavor.

Be sure to read Nutrition Facts Labels on all the foods you eat, not just the sweets. Sugar is found in everything from tartar sauce to orange chicken to yogurt.

Consider eating dessert once per week instead of once per day or once per meal

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