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What Do Artificial Sweeteners Do to Your Body?

Sugar is everywhere, so it's no surprise that the average American consumes almost 17 teaspoons of added sugars per day (that's more than 1/3 cup, and adds up to 34 pounds of sugar per year). And though there's no denying the wonderfully sweet taste it provides in so many of our favorite baked goods, beverages, condiments and more, sugar contributes extra calories—without healthful nutrients—to our diets.

7-Day Diabetes Diet Dinner Plan

Balanced eating is key to staying healthy if you have diabetes. In this 7-day diabetes meal plan, we include recipes with a healthy balance of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, heart-healthy fats and plenty of veggies. What you won't see is refined carbohydrates (think white bread and white rice), added sugars, saturated fats and sodium in large amounts—things that can negatively impact your health if you eat too much, especially if you have diabetes.

Low-Carb Fruits Ranked from Lowest to Highest Carbs

Fruit often gets a bad rap because it's sweet and not low in carbs. But nature's candy delivers more than just carbs in the form of natural sugar. Fruits are packed with important vitamins and minerals, plus fiber. Fiber helps slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream so you're less likely to experience spikes and lows. Plus, eating fruit is actually associated with a lower risk of diabetes. If you're watching your carb intake, you may be wondering which fruits are lowest in carbs. Here we rank fruit based on how many carbs you'll get.

What Does a Healthy Serving of Carbs Look Like?

Oh, carbs. People love to love carbs and love to hate carbs. But carbohydrates aren't a demon food. In fact, they provide energy to our bodies and brains, and the right ones are packed with other nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals.

1-Day 1,500-Calorie Diabetes Meal Plan for Weight Loss

Take one thing off your plate with this meal plan featuring tons of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein—with a healthy sweet treat included. This meal plan is ideal for people trying to lose weight. You might need more calories than this. Ask your health care team for a caloric goal that's right for you.

A Buyer's Guide to Sugar Substitutes

Maybe you think you don't use sugar substitutes. Maybe you steer clear of diet sodas and "lite" foods to avoid chemicals like aspartame. But if you've eaten certain high-fiber cereals, salad dressings, frozen entrees—or even sipped some nondiet iced teas—then you've probably consumed a lot more of them than you realize. And your odds are only growing: sugar substitute use in packaged foods has been rising steadily for the past -decade—the amount in our food supply now tops 26 pounds per person annually.