Sugar Fix: Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Sweets Desire

By Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

WebMD the Magazine

May/June 2006

Sugar Fix

Healthy ways to satisfy your sweets desire. Plus, recipes that are light on sugar, heavy on flavor.

WebMD Feature

By Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD

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.