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Ways To Keep Your Sweet Tooth At Bay During The Holidays

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Halloween may be over, but the sweets just keep coming throughout the holidays.  Why do so many of us have that sweet tooth?  Susan Hendricks has more on what we can do to make sure we don't pack on too many extra pounds.

Let's face it, we may "oooh and ahhh" over the turkey, but it's the deserts we are really craving. Why are some of us sweet freaks?

"Our attraction to sweets dates back millions of year ago, because sweets were important, breast milk is sweet, fruits are sweet, and that ensured our survival," said Katherine Tallmadge, Registered Dietician.   

But eating too many sweets can pack on the pounds, causing obesity which leads to problems like diabetes and heart disease. And what's worse, sweets are hard to say "no" to because they have addictive qualities.

"They light up the same pleasure centers of the brain that many addictive substances do," said Tallmadge.

But to most people, sweets are just high calorie comfort food.

So what's the best way to limit our sweet intake?  Dietitians say try these...

-Get 30 minutes of sunlight a day.  Sunlight produces serotonin, known as the feel-good chemical in the brain that prevents cravings for sweets, like ice cream.

-Put pleasure into  your life, such as exercising and being with friends.

-Keep your daily sweets to no more than 10% of your daily calories or splurge once a week.

-Don't stock up on sweets.  What's not there won't tempt you.

-Think of creative ways to use fruits, which are a natural sugar into your diet, that will satisfy your craving.

All good ways to have your sweets and eat them too!

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