Sweetener Swap and Sugar Rules: Can We De-Sugar Our Holidays?

November 3, 2014 10:39 PM

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Sweetener Swap and Sugar Rules: Can We De-Sugar Our Holidays?

It is our sweetest season and most exciting time of the year. Halloween ushers in the parties, treats, desserts and of course sugar. We all enjoy the festivities of the season, but watching and counting the sugar grams prevents excess holiday pounds and helps fight off winter colds. Knowing our new-found fear of sugar, many sugar substitutes and "natural" sugars are crowding the market place leaving us all a bit confused. Before you swap your sweeteners, here is what you need to know this holiday season.

As the holidays approach, plan a sugar "budget" for yourself or your kids. Try to stay under six teaspoons of sugar per day, the amount of sugar in a glass of juice or half a can of coke. Consider limiting sugar to one day per week, a "treat" day to resist temptation. With children, it is fun to mak...

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