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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
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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 bad
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Like all foods, desserts are best consumed in moderation. Indeed, even excess of “good” foods can result in all the problems typically associated with desserts.
The other problem with a no-dessert doctrine is that while it may help you earn some self-approval, it may also take a toll on your emotional health as you begin to torture yourself needlessly.
In fact, a research by the University of Toronto discovered that restricting foods entirely can have a powerful rebound effect and make sticking to a diet plan harder.
This is why you should create an intelligently planned diet that takes into account all aspects of your being including emotional and psychological health. In other words, yes, you can totally have the occasional dessert!
How frequently can you have sweet foods?
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There is no one-size fits all formula that can be used here. If you are a very healthy person who maintains a strict diet, you could probably get away with a couple of cheesecakes a week. Those struggling with obesity and/or heart conditions are better off seeking medical advice first.
How much of any one food you can have depends totally on your health level, how much you want to eat and whether you have any food sensitivities.
Before deciding on your consumption limit, it would be best if you studied how the human body manages sugar. Next, ask yourself – do you have a sweet tooth?
If you are addicted to sugary foods, then you are at a greater risk of sugar related health issues and a change in eating habits might be in order.
If you have no fascination with sweetness and treat it as an afterthought, then in all probability, you have nothing to worry about.
If you really want to know how much dessert you can have, talk with a dietician to know how YOUR body works. Then come up with a plan and stick with it. Provided you follow a disciplined routine, you will easily be able to have your cake and eat it too!