It's a fact: Humans like sweet treats. There's nothing wrong with enjoying sweet foods - in moderation! The problem is that we tend to go overboard on sugar, especially empty-calorie, "liquid candy" beverages. Here's how to have your sweets - and stay healthy, too!
Go natural with fruit.
Fruit - fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced - is nature's sweetest treat. Satisfying your sweet tooth with fruit means you get some real nutrition benefits - like fiber, vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting phytonutrients - along with great taste.
Enjoy sweets with other foods.
Timing is everything. The best time to enjoy a sugary food or beverage is along with other foods at a meal. You'll tend to consume less if you are satisfied with other foods (especially protein foods) and the sugar you eat will have less effect on your blood sugar.
Resize your portion.
Many sweets - including candy bars, cookies and soft drinks have been super-sized. Choosing smaller portions, like a bite-size candy bar rather than a king-size bar, will be far better for your health. Smaller portions can also be equally as satisfying.