Should I avoid sugar?

Updated 11 months ago by Steven Todd Smith

Several of the experts at Forks Over Knives are okay with small amounts of sweetener on occasion. The overall calorie contribution (in a serving) from the added sugar in a day’s worth of eating is minimal, so we include it as an occasional treat. You may choose to omit any added sweeteners included in recipes.

Date paste is a whole-food sweetener option you may use in some recipes. To make your own date paste, soak 1 pound of pitted dates in 1½ cups of water overnight or for several hours, until much of the liquid is absorbed. Transfer the dates and any remaining soak water to a food processor, and purée until completely smooth. You can store the date paste in the refrigerator for several months.


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