Low-Sugar Desserts: Expectation vs. Reality

Low-Sugar Desserts: Expectation vs. Reality

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As a mom, you know how important it is to lead a healthy lifestyle. This often means regular exercise and limiting sugars in your diet. But if you’re like so many of us, part of that dedication to good health sometimes comes with the occasional craving for something sweet on our tongues. In this blog post, we’re diving into low-sugar desserts – what they mean by “low sugar” versus what our taste expectations are when it comes time to indulge – and showing you exactly how to make sure that no matter which dessert option you choose, healthier doesn’t have to be less delicious!

Low-Sugar Desserts

Low-Sugar: What Does It Mean?

When it comes to low-sugar desserts, there can be some confusion between what is considered truly low sugar and what is merely lower in sugar than other options. Keep in mind that the US dietary guidelines recommend no more than 10 percent of our daily calories come from added sugars. That means for someone consuming 2,000 calories per day, only 200 calories should come from added sugars. If we look at that in terms of grams, that works out to about 50 grams of added sugar per day.

Now let’s take a look at some popular low-sugar dessert items. For example, If you order a piece of pie from your local bakery or cafe, depending on their recipe and ingredients used, it could contain anywhere from 12-25 grams of added sugar per slice. Even if you opt for the lower end end of the range (12g), that still accounts for almost one fourth of your daily recommended limit. So while this item may seem like a “better” option compared to other desserts due to its lower amount of added sugars, it is not necessarily “low” in sugar content when compared with overall dietary recommendations.

What We Expect From Our Desserts

We all know that sweet treats aren’t usually considered healthy food – but why do we expect them to taste so good? The answer lies in our bodies’ natural cravings for sweetness. Studies show that humans naturally crave sweet tastes as part of our evolutionary development; as hunter gatherers thousands of years ago we relied on sweetness as an indicator of ripeness and safety when eating fruits and berries. Today however we often overindulge on sugary treats since they are readily available everywhere – making them easy targets for those seeking quick satisfaction or comfort.

But just because we have an innate preference for sweet foods doesn’t mean they have to be filled with unhealthy amounts of refined sugars either. There are many ways to enjoy delicious desserts without going overboard on the sweet stuff. 

Are Low-Sugar Desserts Delicious?

The simple answer is yes! Low-sugar desserts absolutely can be just as delicious as regular desserts – in fact, many people can’t tell the difference! By using natural sweeteners like honey or dates instead of white table sugar in baking recipes, you can drastically reduce the amount of refined carbohydrates present in each portion size – without sacrificing flavor or texture. Additionally, adding spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg can enhance sweetness without needing extra processed sugars too – plus these natural flavorings provide additional health benefits like anti-inflammatory properties thanks to their high antioxidant content as well! 

Lotta Products with Notta Lotta Sugar

Low-sugar desserts are great options for moms looking to indulge without sacrificing their health goals. Lotta Products makes it easy to choose better for your family. Our unique house-blended, plant-based sugar replacer delivers a healthier take on the sweets you love. At the end of the day no one should ever feel deprived just because they want something sweet – so go ahead and treat yourself to cakes, cookies, cornbread, and brownies with just 2 grams of sugar (or less) per serving with Lotta Products.

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Low-Sugar Vanilla Butter Cookie Cheesecake Bars
Recipes

Low-Sugar Vanilla Butter Cookie Cheesecake Bars

  • 1 package of Notta Lotta Sugar’s Vanilla Butter Cookies
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar substitute

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh fruit (optional)