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Looking for ways to limit your sugar intake? Good news! Reducing sugar doesn’t mean reducing flavour. Whether it’s a family favourite or a brand new recipe, consider some of these recipe “make over” ideas for a healthier you.
Canadians consume added sugars mostly in processed and pre-packaged products, including cakes, cereals, yogurts and sweetened beverages. Too much sugar can add too many calories, which may lead to weight gain. Sugar can be part of healthy food choices in moderation. It is important to limit eating foods that have high amounts of sugar with little or no other nutritional value.
There are many forms of sugar. Honey, brown sugar and white sugar all provide the same amount of calories. Sugar is also naturally found in many fruit and vegetables.
Canada’s Food Guide recommends limiting our added sugar intake. This includes the sugars we use when preparing our meals.
There are many ways to limit sugar when you prepare foods. See some suggestions below for easy and tasty sugar substitutions in your favourite baking recipes like cookies, quick breads and other desserts:
Try some lower sugar recipes or explore the sugar substitutions in these great tasting recipes:
Soft Oatmeal Raisin Delights
Banana Muffins Two Ways
Best Ever Chocolate Cookies, Dietitians of Canada
Strawberry and Pomegranate Pannacotta – Heart and Stroke Foundation
Chai Spiced Fruit Skewers – Heart and Stroke Foundation
For baked goods with less sugar that are perfect for a bake sale, see Bake it Up! by the Nutrition Resource Centre.
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Recipe Makeover: Reducing sodium in the kitchen
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