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January 29, 1996 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health

By Dawn R. Hanna

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- People tend to celebrate Valentine's Day with gifts to show love and affection. Choosing a healthy gift will make loved ones' smiles last longer.

Consider other valentine gift ideas besides sweets for your sweetheart.

"Sugar is an empty source of calories and does not provide nutrients that our bodies need," said Dr. Melissa Mixon, extension human nutrition specialist at Mississippi State University.

Mixon said moderation is the key when eating sweets on Valentine's Day.