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Transforming Your Sweet Tooth


Chef AJ

As little as 100 years ago, Americans ate about a pound of sugar a year.  We now eat, on average, 150 pounds a year!  That means that some folks are literally eating their weight in sugar, every single year.  And since I don’t eat any, some of you are probably eating 300 pounds a year!  The American Heart Association says that if we choose to consume sugar that we should consume no more than 5% of our total daily calories (approximately 5 teaspoons a day for most of us) from processed sugar a day.  But if most of us are consuming 22 teaspoons of sugar every day (roughly 365 empty calories) how is it even possible to satisfy your sweet tooth and stay within these recommend guidelines?  The answer is to use fruit, like dates.

Fudge Truffles

Dates are a whole food which means that they have vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, micronutrients, fiber and water.  All refined sweeteners have none of these beneficial qualities and have been linked to the development of numerous diseases.  The date fruit is one of the oldest cultivated tree crops, and has been grown for thousands of years.  By using whole dates, it is possible to satisfy your sweet tooth, healthfully and deliciously, without ever using sugar.  Even though dates are a high sugar fruit, research shows that they are still the most favorable sweetener, and do not raise blood glucose or triglycerides.  (I have the medical journal article if you need it).

One of my favorite ways to us dates in a dessert is with these decadent peanut butter fudge truffle that is easy to make and contains only 5 ingredients.


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