Dessert is a confectionery course that concludes a main meal. The course usually consists of sweet foods, and possibly a beverage such as dessert wine or liqueur, but may include coffee, cheese, nut or other savory items. Is dessert really bad? The answer to this question would depend on 3 main things which are: the constituents of the dessert, the quantity and the intake frequency of the dessert.
For people who eat sweets every night, it is highly recommended that one avoids the dessert for two days continuously. It is also advisable to limit the intake of desserts that contain the three main ‘unhealthy’ ingredients; sugar, white flour and butter. Intake in moderation is the key as excess dessert consumption can be harmful to your health .Don’t always have ‘extras’ at night, especially at a time when you do not need the extra energy. Most desserts are made up of refined carbs, trans-fats and added sugars. These make them calorie-dense, which may result in the adding up of excess body fat.
However, dessert doesn’t have to be cakes, cookies, ice cream etc. Other alternatives can be looked at. Fresh fruit is one of the simplest desserts you could have. Have you ever tried a freshly juiced orange after your main meal? It’s so refreshing! Get some sliced apples or strawberries as your dessert and share your experience with your loved ones. Here are some tips on healthier ways of enjoying desserts after your meals.
- Prepare your own dessert at home. This helps you to have total control on what to use to make it healthy. You can add some seeds and nuts to your toppings and reduce trans-fat by using healthier oils
- Make dessert an occasional treat. Limit the number of times you take in dessert. Ideally
- Don’t be too harsh on yourself. You may end up craving for more if you restrict yourself totally. Portion control should be your focus. You can control your portion by sharing your dessert with family and friends.
- Use natural sweeteners from fruits, honey, dates etc.
Eating dessert is not bad after-all, only that one should take them in moderation and most importantly, know what you are eating at all times.