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How Do I Choose the Best Low Calorie Sweets?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen

When choosing low calorie sweets, it is important to consider the type of ingredients used in the product, your reasons for choosing the item, as well as the price and ease of product purchasing. It is also a good idea to carefully consider your purchase of low calorie snacks such that they do not displace other healthy foods in your diet. In some cases, these so-called diet foods may also be highly processed, so it is important to consider your overall health when making dietary choices.

If you have a sweet tooth, it is understandable that you would want to include some candies, cakes, and other sweet treats in your diet. If you are attempting to lose weight, you may wish to select low calorie snacks for yourself and your family. Before making a selection, it's a good idea to develop an understanding of the types of low calorie sweets that are available as well as the ingredients that might be used in these items. For example, many low calorie sweets are made with sugar substitutes or a blend of sugar and a sugar substitute. Some people may have adverse reactions to sugar substitutes, particularly sugar alcohols, which can cause digestive upset, so it is wise to learn about sugar substitutes and repackaged labels to avoid exposure to ingredients that may negatively affect your health.

Reading labels carefully can help to identify low calorie treats.
Reading labels carefully can help to identify low calorie treats.

Another consideration in selecting low calorie sweets is portion size. In some cases, products may be sold as low calorie because they are packaged in very small containers. Although this can help with portion control, if you eat several of these small packages you may be consuming just as many calories as you would if you ate a normal sized package of a product that is not being sold as a reduced calorie food. It is also important to read package labels and not presume that an item that is sold as dietetic food is necessarily low calorie. For example, some foods that are sold to diabetics as sugar-free are not necessarily low calorie.

The availability of low calorie sweets can vary by location, so it may be a good idea to select sweets to which you have regular access. This may mean finding low calorie sweets in local shops so that you can buy them on a regular basis. If this is impossible, you may wish to search online for retailers that specialize in selling foods for special diets and then stocking up on the low calorie treats you enjoy on a regular basis.

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      Reading labels carefully can help to identify low calorie treats.