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In 2003, the average American consumed 142 pounds of sugar and sweeteners a year. On the Cook for Good plan, a person would eat just 23 pounds of sweeteners a year, plus a little more if eating sweetened peanut butter. And there is no high-fructose corn syrup, just sugar and honey.

The desserts are healthy, too. One day it might be two oatmeal-raisin cookies, made with whole-wheat flour, whole-grain oats, and raisins. Another day it might be a cup cake made with whole-wheat flour, carrots, oil instead of butter, and just glazed with ginger instead of loaded with frosting. In the summer menus, you'll see a lot more fruit being used. So it's a taste of sweetness, not an overload.