Diwali time is almost here, and that means that Hindus preparing to celebrate the festival of lights are gathering an amazing array of sweets called mithai to serve to guests or give as gifts.

But not this year, says CNN. Indians, facing the same weight and diabetes challenges as other nations, are giving up traditional sweets in droves.

Instead, health-conscious Indians are giving dried fruit, sugar-free sweets, and, yes, iPods.

Your average Indian sweets do pack a caloric wallop, since they are primarily made of ghee (clarified butter) and sugar. But a good laddu or burfi can cause even the staunchest health nut to go weak in the knees.

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