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5 Tips to cut sugar without cutting taste

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Satisfy your sweet tooth

You may think the downside of healthier eating is giving up your daily sweet treats, but the increasing variety of low-sugar food products and sugar alternatives means you can still satisfy your sweet cravings and eat without all the added guilt. Here are five diet tips to cut sugar without cutting taste.

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Read and compare nutrition labels

While you're shopping, compare the labels of your favorite breads, baked goods, cereals and desserts. Opt for the brands with the least sugars (and the most fiber).

2Reduce the sugar in recipes

Many recipes calling for sugar will taste the same if you cut the quantity of sugar in half or at least reduce it by one-third.

3Use sugar alternatives instead of sugar

Replace the sugar called for in recipes with the equivalent of a sugar alternative. You can even start gradually by replacing part of the sugar with an equal amount of a sugar substitute. Go natural with brown rice syrup, honey, or pure maple syrup.

4Go for sugar-free or low-sugar food products

Another option for reducing the sugar in your diet without cutting taste is to use sugar-free or reduced-sugar varieties of your favorite food and drink products. Simple changes, such as using sugar-free flavored syrups in your coffee or sugar-free jams on your PB&Js, will satisfy your need for the sweet taste without the added sugar.

5Naturally sweeten with fruit

Fruit is a low-calorie, natural source of sweetness that comes loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, unlike sugar, which has empty calories, or zero nutrients. You can add fruit to your favorite recipes while reducing the quantity of sugar or simply grab a bowl of fresh, ripe, juicy fruit instead of a calorie-laden dessert.

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