“It’s cheat day! Let’s eat sweets!
It is confusing why some people would call it “cheating” when in fact our body normally needs sugar, a form of carbohydrates. If we want to have a balanced diet, it is just proper that we must take go, grow and glow food, right? Carbohydrates are needed to complete our diet, and to keep our energy up for the entire day. So, why deprive ourselves from desserts?
There’s more to desserts than most of us commonly know. We often associate desserts as bad sweets, and some health conscious would get malicious and prompt us not to indulge in sweets. But, what really are desserts? What can we benefit from them? Why do companies manufacture them?
Knowing about the importance and benefits of desserts can make you feel less guilty in your consumption of sweets, and it makes you enjoy your dessert more without malice and without the feeling of hesitation. In this article, we will discuss the types of desserts and, most importantly, the reasons why we should eat desserts and incorporate them in our food menus.
Desserts have different varieties and come in different types. Below are some of the popular types of desserts that can be easily seen all over dessert houses and cafes.
These are baked products containing flour, sugar, milk, shortening, eggs, butter, etc. These may take the form in light and flaky bread favored or filled with fruits, chocolates, and nuts and are usually eaten with tea or coffee for breakfast.
Chocolates and candies come from the crystallization of sugar. The determination of the texture of the chocolate or candy depends on the size of the sugar crystals; the smaller the sugar crystal the softer the chocolate or the candy. Unsweetened chocolates usually include cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions. Milk chocolate additionally includes milk powder or condensed milk; white chocolate additional includes sugar and milk but excluding cocoa solids; and dark chocolate includes fat and sugar with a little amount of milk or no milk at all. Candies , on the other hand, comprise sugar as the main ingredient. Examples of chocolates and candies are lollipops, caramel, caramel, marshmallows, cotton candy, fondant, and taffy.
Biscuits are also known by other countries as cookies. These are usually crispy, chewy, or soft and are generally intended to be eaten out of the hand. The cookies that we normally know are those that are small baked cakes that are usually come in bite size although they often vary in size and shape as well as texture. But, whatever its variations, they share common ingredients such as flour, butter, egg, shortening, and eggs. Examples of biscuits or cookies include crispy meringues, tender shortbread, chip cookies, sugar cookies, chewy oatmeal cookies, cake-like bar cookies, ad layered bars.
Pies are a crust with a filling. The crust can be both at the top and bottom but can also be just at the bottom as that of tarts with graham cracker crumbs or pastry as the ingredients. The fillings on the other hand comes in different variations such as fruits, puddings, custards, fruits, and nuts. Varieties of pie include chocolate cream pie, peace mango pie, apple pie, lemon meringue pie, and pecan pie.
Jellies usually comprise sweetened liquid that is thickened with gelatin. Additional ingredients may include fruit or whip cream for enhancement of taste or for plating and presentation. Examples of jellies are grass jelly and annin tofu.
Cakes are made with sugar, flour, butter, and egg whites and resemble sweet tender breads with different flavors such as dried or fresh fruits, cocoa, and nuts. Cakes have different textures depending on the amount of flour and the methods used in baking the cake. It can vary from light and airy sponge cakes to dense cakes. It can also be decorated with piped borders and candied fruits. Actually, it is just up to the baker on what edible thing to include as a decoration for the cake. Small cakes are called cupcakes or petit four.
Frozen desserts are widely known and are the favorite of many people especially during summer. Examples of frozen desserts are ice cream, sorbet, gelato, and shaved-ice desserts. Ice cream’s main ingredient is cream slowly stirred in a churn and being frozen to produce a creamy consistency; sorbet is a dairy-free dessert that is made from churned fruit purees; gelato is milked-based and is denser compared to ice cream because it has less air whipped; and shaved-ice desserts are made from scraped ice added with flavors such as syrup or juice.
Deep fried desserts’ main ingredients include starch-based batter or dough. These are deep fried and are sometimes filled with custard or jelly. Examples of deep-fried desserts are fritters, gulab jamun, churros, and doughnuts.
Custard and puddings are desserts that include a thickened dairy base. The thickener is the basis for the determination whether it is custard or a pudding. Custards are thickened with eggs, while puddings are thickened with cornstarch, tapioca, and any other starches. These desserts can be also added to other kinds of desserts such as fillings for pastries and pies.
You might think that desserts are not really great for a healthy diet; however, they really play a role in achieving a balanced diet. Desserts contain sugar, a form of carbohydrate, which is a go food, responsible for sustaining the energy in the body and fueling its many functions.
How can desserts uplift your mood? Research shows carbohydrates can trigger your brain to produce serotonin and tryptophan which promotes emotional well-being and chocolates, especially dark chocolate, contain theobromine which is responsible for stimulating feelings of pleasure.
Researchers show that cocoa-rich food such as chocolate contains a high concentration of flavonoids which is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.
It has been observed that eating sweets for breakfast can make you crave less for the whole day because storing calories in the morning can help you store and accumulate energy to last the whole day. But, take note that diabetic people should not consume too many sweets especially during breakfast.
In order to balance your sugar intake, you have to stay active during the day and not anymore taking additional food that contains too much sugar. And, by staying active, you can also experience the benefit of proper blood circulation as well as proper secretion of body wastes.
It is advised to make your own desserts at home for the desserts offered in stores and malls are most probably loaded with extra calories, chemicals, and sugar. Unlike when you are making it at home, you got to choose your own ingredients and the process of making your desserts.
Most of us when being restricted or limited to something, the more we are going to crave for it. However, when let loose, this can lead to unhealthy binge eating. Knowing the benefits of desserts and knowing that our body normally needs sugar, but not too much, to propel us throughout the day, it is your own preference to have a big bite on sweets and fully satisfy your cravings or just take the right amount of sweets that our body needs.