Is Eating Desserts Really That Bad an Idea?

Image credit: DHerbs.com At this stage, the cat’s pretty much out of the proverbial bag – eating desserts or anything that’s high in sugar and fats is as good as a death sentence. But, just how much truth is there to such statements? After all, things that sound too bad to be true (probably) always are, right? Well, we are here to set the record straight once and for all. Having been in the confectionery trade for a while, we know a little something about how sugary foods work. The short version of our answer is – no, desserts are not bad for you. Here’s the longer version… The origins of the myth Image credit: Flickr For the most part, people broadly class foods into good and bad boxes. Good food (green veggies, white meats, fruits) can be safely consumed in any quantity while even a single service of the bad foods (burgers, cakes, pizzas etc) can set you all the way back to the start. This just isn’t true. While some foods have more calories than others, how you consume them is what ultimately dictates results. Sugar is the biggest worry as far as desserts go. For men, the recommended total sugar intake per day is 9 teaspoons, or 150 calories, while for women the number is 6 teaspoons or 100 calories. Provided what you are eating is within this threshold, you should be fine. However, as this number is the total sugar you can consume in a day, it should include what all the foods you consume, not just those high in sugar. No, desserts aren’t inherently...

6 Low Calorie Desserts to Help Your Fitness Goals

I get it. It’s hard to say no to distractions. But hey, the occasional distraction is important! Because all fun and no play can leave you questioning your very existence. But distractions are usually on the higher side of the fabled calorie count which can derail weeks of efforts.  Or can it? In our previous article, we covered how you could get fit for the summer fast (do check it out). We thought of putting together a list of easy-on-the-gut, low calorie desserts that give you the satiety you want without weighing you down, emotionally or otherwise. Let’s start… Low Calorie Coconut Macaroons The classic melt-in-your-mouth French desserts are a tempting treat, but can be rather calorific. Nothing a little ingenuity can’t beat. Drier than the usual version, these macaroons are packed with half the calories of the same and are extremely easy to whip up, too! Get the recipe here. 37 Calorie Brownies Apparently this is possible. And they taste awesome,too! The low calorie count leaves you with plenty of options to try. Not to mention, you can (probably) get away with eating more than you usually would. Get the recipe here. Paleo Strawberry Crumble If only early humans had heard of this! For those in our audience who like to keep it old school, we have an easy to make, crunchy low calorie dessert that is as satisfying as it is healthy. Some of the ingredients required to make this snack may seem strange, but they aren’t that hard to find either. Get the recipe here. No Bake Energy Bites Hands-down the easiest recipe to make in...

5 Science Backed Ways to Lose Weight Fast for the Summer

Well, beach season’s here. So you must have started worrying about how you look by now and are wondering how to lose weight fast. Not to worry. We’ve got you covered. The good news is that you still have some time. The bad news is it’s not much. Keeping in shape is hard and getting back into it is harder still. So, if you’ve been asking your mirror all sorts of flattering questions, then we might have some answers for you. We put some of our internet ninjitsu to good use and dig up some science backed ways for you to find your way back to a fast ways to get in shape. Drink more water No, really, this works! For the most part, losing weight boils down to having a better control over your diet. In other words, the real enemy is hunger. A study on pre-meal water ingestion showed that people who drank two glasses of water just before a meal consumed 22% less than what they would have otherwise. Besides, you will need to drink as much during the hotter summer months in order to make up for water lost thru perspiration. A neat little trick you can try is to drink cold water whenever possible. Doing so will result in a temporary spike in your metabolism as the body burns calories to bring its temperature up. Amp up on coffee Can’t step out of the home without your daily cuppa? Well, now you have an even better excuse! The caffeine in coffee is known to increase Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) by as much as 3-11%,...

6 Strange Food Customs From Around The World

Let’s say you are preparing for a trip to another country. You educate yourself on all the aspects of the local culture and feel confident that you know everything you need to in order to have a great time there. But no sooner are you there, you realize that no amount of reading could have possibly prepared you for what was to come. The most puzzling (and interesting) part of any foreign trip is always getting round to the different kinds of foods that are eaten, but more importantly how they are consumed. Food customs are a great tool for social bonding and the act of eating together (regardless of how they differ from place to place) is often seen as an expression of camaraderie, friendship and social status. So, without further ado, here are 6 food customs from around the world that illustrate perfectly just what a diverse world we live in… Fork Off! While the venerable forks are a staple part of western eating traditions, did you know that many eastern cultures prefer to stay away from them? In Thailand for instance, you might draw puzzled or even non-approving glances if you used a fork to put food in to your mouth. The practice is considered crude or low-so in the country. Sticking to the age old practice of using a fork to push food to your spoon is a safer bet. Slurp All You Want As youngsters, we were often reminded of how rude and unbecoming slurping while eating was. Not so in Japan. Slurping is indeed a welcome table manner there as it is considered...

Ever Tried These Sweet and Sour Desserts?

Are you tired of sweet desserts yet? It wouldn’t be unimaginable. After all, we humans have a way of becoming apathetic to things that we try the most. While you can easily find a LOT of recipes for sweet desserts and quite a few options for sour ones, finding those that are both sweet and sour can be a little hard. Do we have your attention yet? Great! Here are some awesome sweet and sour recipes from around the net that are easy to whip and a treat to eat! Brown Butter-Sour Cream Crumb Cake What’s not to like about a spongy cake with a flaky, crumbly top? Rich in flavor with a zing to boot, this cake is the perfect accompaniment to your coffee breaks or for binging, too. Cooking time is in the neighborhood of one and a half hours and the cake can easily be made with what you can find in your kitchen. Find the recipe here. Blueberry Mousse If there’s one French dessert that has captured the fancy of chefs and connoisseurs world wide, it is the Mousse. While you are probably all too familiar with chocolate mousse we bring to you a zingier version that is sure to add some zest to your meals. Check out the recipe here. Sour Patch Grapes The easiest recipe on our list, you only need two two ingredients to fix this dessert up. Also known as glitter grapes, frosted grapes or candied grapes, the grapes are a definitely going to be a hit with the kids! Get the recipe here. Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Here’s a different...