Baking With Less Sugar

Jul 9, 2015

  Joanne Chang—beloved author of the bestselling Flour and a Harvard math major to boot - came up with this winning formula: Minus the sugar equals plus the flavor.

Baking with Less Sugar: Recipes for Desserts Using Natural Sweeteners and Little-to-No White Sugar contains 60-plus recipes for anyone who loves to bake and wants to cut back on the sugar - playing up delicious ingredients and using natural sweeteners, such as honey, maple syrup, and fruit juice.

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Two years after a similar effort went nowhere in Montpelier, a coalition of Vermont groups is hoping to convince legislators to impose a tax on sugared beverages.


  Sure, sugar is in ice cream and cookies, but what scared Eve Schaub was the secret world of sugar--hidden in bacon, crackers, salad dressing, pasta sauce, chicken broth, and baby food.

With her eyes open by the work of obesity expert Dr. Robert Lustig and others, Eve challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to eat no added sugar for an entire year.

Along the way, Eve uncovered the real costs of our sugar-heavy American diet--including diabetes, obesity, and increased incidences of health problems such as heart disease and cancer. Eve Schaub’s new book is Year of No Sugar.

    Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter, Michael Moss, from The New York Times joins us to tell the explosive story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic.

Moss reveals how companies use Salt, Sugar, and Fat to addict us and, more important, how we can fight back.

In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, our next guest says the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. Dr. Robert Lustig believes the result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control.