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It tastes great!  We have a love / hate relationship with it.  We crave it. However, sugar adds empty calories to our diet without offering any nutritional benefit.

Read the nutrition facts label to determine the sugar content of foods and the recommended serving size.  Remember if you eat more than one recommended dietary serving of an item, you are also increasing your sugar intake.  Be aware that sugar may not always be listed on the nutrition label as sugar.  It may be listed in the following terms:  corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, rice syrup and anything ending in -ose (e.e., dextrose, fructose, maltrose, sucrose).

  1. Dried fruits (e.g., raisins, dates, apricots, etc.) can be a great snack food on their own, mixed with nuts as a trail mix, or used in baked goods.  Use them in moderation as they can be high in sugar content.
  2. Opt for sugar-free treats such as ice creams, sugar-free jello’s, or pudding snacks, etc.  They offer excellent flavor without sacrificing taste.
  3. Choose natural or unsweetened applesauce.  Sprinkle with cinnamon or allspice for a yummy treat!
  4. Although fresh is best, choose canned fruits packed in natural juices or light sugar.  Avoid canned fruits packed in heavy syrup.
  5. Low-sugar jams and preserves are best.  A good one to try is Polander All Fruits.  It is available in multiple flavors and is all fruit, all natural, another plus – it contains fiber.
  6. Choose to eat the fruit or vegetable, rather than drink the juice.  If you choose to drink fruit juices, dilute with ice, or use a ratio of 50 percent juice to 50 percent water to minimize both calories and sugar content.