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Year of No Sugar, Part 2

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PAWLET, Vt. - If you want to see how a family eats, looking inside the refrigerator is a good start. If you're Vermont author Eve Schaub, you mention it was your daughter's birthday a week ago before you open the door.

"Mom make the chocolate cake, no dextrose, I want sugar, real sugar in my cake. So I made it for her," says Eve Schaub, author of "Year of No Sugar."

Lo and behold there it is, a cake on the refrigerator shelf of the self appointed No Sugar Queen! But as this mother of two points out, five days later --

"Nobody's had seconds," she says.

Schaub says, 99 percent of the time they don't have sugar in their food.

"I think there was a lot of things she did that were commendable. Do I want to say all sugar is bad ...no," says clinical nutrition manager Cathy McIsaac.

McIssac believes sugar is not the only reason so many people are overweight and sick.

"This looks like a healthy drink, but it has 12 teaspoons of sugar," she says of one beverage.

But, like Schaub, she does believe the best first step to avoiding sugar is to stop drinking it.

Schaub spent a lot if time cooking during that year with no sugar.

"It's apricots and dates and lemon juice and water and you simmer it," she says.

She created family favorites like the apricot date bars she baked the day we were here.

"So instead of creaming together the butter and sugar, we cream together the butter and banana," she explains.

Bananas became a "go to" for the family. Sweetening things, even on their own as a substitute for ice cream. We got to test out both while we were here.

When you look at a food label, right now, there is no easy way to tell how much sugar you're really eating. McIsaac says, sugar can show up multiple times in the ingredients under different names. She says the FDA is considering adding "added sugar" to the label.

"The FDA is taking coments and is something a lot of us are pushing for so that it can be called out easier and people are more mindful of the added sugars," she says.

Schaub says, that would have made her year without sugar a lot easier. Now that it's over, she's hoping it will get people thinking more about just how much sugar they're eating.

"Why are we all getting so sick when we're trying so hard to be healthier?" she says.

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