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Thursday, March 22, 2012

But how much sugar is too much?

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down

But how much sugar is too much?

Mary Poppins suggests a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, but how much sugar is too much? On average, an adolescent consumes 34 teaspoons of sugar, or 500 calories worth each day.

Parents can help children limit sugar intake to the recommended 6.5 teaspoons per day by avoiding cookies and candies, and instead serving sugar free or no sugar added sweets such as those made from Sans Sucre Baking Mixes. Sans Sucre, meaning “sugar free” in French, produces a line of guilt-free baking mixes in four varieties from coffee cakes to brownies.

“Children generally love sweet treats, but parents want to be health conscious. We created our Sans Sucre line of mixes for healthy eaters who still want to enjoy great tasting desserts,” said Steve Bernard chief executive officer of Bernard Food Industries.

By replacing sugary snacks and desserts, children and adults alike are consuming less sugar which lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease and, most commonly, body fat. The Sans Sucre recipe below is a sugar free dessert that all can enjoy.

Caramel Apple Cake

1 fresh apple chopped, peeled and cored
2 boxes Sans Sucre Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake baking mix
1 cup water
1 egg
4 tablespoons all-natural applesauce
1 cup sugar-free caramel

Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare 8"x8" pan by lightly greasing or spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Chop apple into chunks. Blend water, all-natural applesauce, egg and both mixes in a medium bowl using an electric mixer. Fold apple pieces into cake batter. Spread evenly in greased pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely. Drizzle sugar-free caramel over top of cake. Store covered.

About Sans Sucre Baking Mixes

Sans Sucre is the first line of baking mixes from foodservice industry specialists, Bernard Food Industries, Inc that are flavored with Stevia, an all-natural sweetener. In addition, they are sugar-free or no sugar added, low fat, no cholesterol, lower in calories and lower in sodium. For more information visit:

About Bernard Food Industries

Since 1947, Bernard Food Industries, Inc. has been dedicated to providing solutions to the foodservice industry. Family owned and operated by the Bernard family, Bernard Food Industries, Inc. has 1,000 specialty food products, including beverages, soups, seasonings, sauces, baking mixes, and more. Of those products, 350 are dietary in nature. For more information visit: or

Note: Sans Sucre line of baking mixes is the first to use Stevia in place of sugar or artificial sweeteners. Stevia is an all-natural sugar substitute that is sweet in taste and free of calories, carbohydrates and fat, making it a healthy alternative. However, there is a distinct difference in taste between Stevia and regular sugar. “Like soda and diet soda both Stevia and sugar have different flavor profiles,” says Steven Bernard, chief executive officer of Bernard Food Industries.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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