Sugar Fix: Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Sweets Desire
By Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
Got a sweet tooth? Blame it on Mother Nature.
Babies are born with a preference for sweet tastes, most likely a survival impulse passed down through the ages. Breast milk, rich in fat and other nutrients necessary for fueling an infant's rapid growth, is mildly sweet. (So is infant formula.) This desire doesn't end in early childhood, however. Most people continue to love sugary fare, reinforcing their inborn craving.