Are All Desserts Bad For Your Health?

If we are on a diet or trying to take care of our health, we don't have to give up desserts. We can also prepare some equally rich desserts without neglecting our nutrition.
Are All Desserts Bad For Your Health?

Last update: 31 October, 2018

Are all desserts bad for your health? In excess everything is harmful. But a sweet snack from time to time is pleasant to the palate, promotes good energy, optimism, and sweetens life. You should eat dessert knowing that you shouldn’t overdo it, and enjoy every mouthful.

The added sugar in desserts can be harmful when the portions are oversized. The World Health Organization recommends that your sugar consumption doesn’t exceed 10 percent of your daily caloric intake.

This is a vital precaution if the person suffers from diabetes, is overweight or has heart disease. The idea is to consume sugars naturally, through fruits, cereals, and vegetables.

Woman eating a dessert in a coffee shop.

Are all desserts bad for your health?

Desserts with a high content of “trans” fats, which affect blood flow, aren’t good for any diet. There are many examples of desserts that provide up to one thousand calories in a single meal.

Although exquisitely delicious, chocolate spreads and malted creams add to this group of caloric excesses. These, along with the traditional and delicious rice pudding, contribute to a diet loaded with sugar that increases heart disease. The risks of abusing them, therefore, are very high.

Should we banish them from our diets? No! You just have to eat them in moderation, so as not to let the little pleasures of life go by. Desserts aren’t bad for your health, what is really harmful is overdoing them.

Easy and cheap recipes

For times when you don’t want to deprive yourself of a delicious dessert, the following recipes are easy to prepare and are inexpensive.

Homemade cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large spoonful of yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • Lemon zest

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 356 degrees F.
  2. Mix the eggs with the sugar in a bowl. Beat until a smooth cream is obtained, and the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the milk and olive oil. Mix all of the ingredients well.
  4. Slowly add the flour, the yeast, and the lemon zest. Stir well to avoid lumps in the dough.
  5. Place the mixture in a sponge cake mold that’s coated with olive oil and flour, so that it doesn’t stick.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes. Shortly before the time is up, we recommend inserting a toothpick into the cake. If it comes out dry, it’s ready.
  7. Remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature, remove from the pan and serve. It can be decorated with frosting or other ingredients.

Classic oatmeal cookies with honey

Alternative desserts: oatmeal cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup fine oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup of melted butter

Directions:

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Make a hole in the center and add the butter and honey.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients to form a smooth and homogeneous dough.
  4. Place the mixture on a floured baking sheet and leave it in the fridge for half an hour, or until it can be kneaded.
  5. Then, stretch the dough until it’s approximately one centimeter thick. It can be detached from the tray with a knife.
  6. With a mold of about five centimeters, cut out the biscuits. Place them in a greased container and put them the oven, preheated to a temperature of 375 degrees F, for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove them from the baking sheet and allow to cool.

Cinnamon and chocolate dessert

Cinnamon and chocolate dessert

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • A can of cream of milk
  • 1 pack of instant chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 pack of sweet cookies
  • A cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mix the milk, chocolate, milk cream, and condensed milk together. Separate a cup of this mixture and add the cornstarch.
  2. Boil on a medium heat and add the mixture of cornstarch. Stir until it thickens.
  3. In a mold place a layer of cookies, a layer of the mixture and sprinkle the cinnamon. Continue to repeat this, until you complete the mold
  4. Allow the mixture to cool and leave in the refrigerator for a few hours. It can be accompanied by strawberry jam.