If the sugar cookies and candy canes don’t draw you in, the special holiday drink at your favorite coffee shop could be your downfall. You know too much sugar isn’t good for your waistline or your general health, but how can you resist?
This year, be ready. Start by knowing the stakes. Eating more sugar than we need has been linked to everything from tooth decay to heart disease.
Try Tasty Alternatives
If you’re the cook, mix things up a little for healthier results:
Step Away from the Table
Holiday parties can be a special challenge. Cakes, cookies, candy, pies, and soft drinks are among the top sources of sugar in the American diet, and they’re all right there, on an overflowing buffet table.
Be prepared with these strategies:
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