A new study reveals that eating foods that are low in sugar can help prevent inflammation and the development of autoimmune diseases, but that doesn't mean you have to give up dessert.
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Consuming too much sugar, as well as eating a high-calorie diet, can cause inflammation and increase your risk for autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes and Crohn's, according to a new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. To combat these health issues, researchers emphasize that a low-calorie diet that's low in sugar is key. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for a bowl of fruit when you want something sweet, or swear off indulgences forever. These delicious desserts are low in refined sugar and contain some healthy ingredients, too.

Roasted Cherries with Tofu
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Roasted Cherries with Tofu "Panna Cotta"

The health benefits of cherries, including helping inhibit oxidative stress and decreasing inflammation by suppressing inflammatory proteins, have been written about extensively. In our Roasted Cherries with Tofu "Panna Cotta", fresh, sweet cherries are combined with raspberries, which are rich in antioxidants, and served atop creamy tofu (instead of the cream used in traditional panna cotta).

dark chocolate walnut date bar
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Dark Chocolate-Walnut Date Bar

This vegan, gluten-free, no-bake Dark Chocolate-Walnut Date Bar is filled with omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols from the antioxidant-rich walnuts, which also help prevents oxidative damage. The dark chocolate offers antioxidants, as well.

Vanilla Chia Pudding cup
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Vanilla Chia Pudding

The combination of chia seeds and mixed raspberries and blueberries in this Vanilla Chia Pudding offers a sweet treat that packs plenty of omega-3s, fiber, and antioxidants.

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