Baked goodies are known to be the usual suspects when it comes to weight gain and even increased blood sugar levels, which is why you should not indulge in it too much. However, when taken in the right amounts, they are actually beneficial to health. In addition to this lovely news, there are also now many variations for healthy recipes that will not take away from the taste and overall finish of your favourite confectionaries. Here are reasons why baked goodies are actually good for you.
There is nothing negative about digging into a thick slice of Victorian sponge cake in Singapore with your best friends. It’s always quite positive and celebratory. Even if this is just an afternoon tea time snack at home, it still carries a positive and happy vibe about it. It helps therefore you get away from the struggles and stresses for at least a short duration.
They make you happy
There is a certain quality about fatty, sugary foods that help people cope with negative situations. Think of pineapple tarts, ice cream, chocolate, chips and cheese. Why do all these foods belong to the groups “comfort food”? Usually if we feel depressed and there is a tub of ice cream in the fridge, guess who your companion in sadness will be for the next half hour. You have to be careful though because if you over indulge, sugar can be addictive and will cause obesity and diabetes.
They can help you shed some pounds
This is a direct contrast to the weight gain point that is associated with baked goodies rich in sugar. The only rule here is that you need to eat your treat in the morning and not during any other time of the day. It has been shown in studies that having a dessert as part of a well-balanced and nutrient-rich breakfast will help you shed a few pounds by increasing your metabolism. When your metabolism gets a kick-start like that early in the morning, the rest of day is child’s play.
It’s a certified depression defeater
Many among us struggle with depression on a daily basis. On the outside these individuals will look normal, functioning and happy, which is the very nature of the condition. It has been scientifically proven that both making and eating baked goodies can help alleviate depression. It’s a feel good, look good, taste good process that releases endorphins into your system while also giving you a sense of accomplishment.
It has nutrients too
Yes, they still got the good stuff as well! Chocolates have antioxidants, carrot which is used in many baked goodies has vitamins, walnuts and sultanas used in desserts and other sweets have omega oil and fibre. The majority of ingredients that go into baking may not be healthy but you always have the choice of putting a healthy spin on it. You can use ingredients that are less fattening, less sugary and more nutritious. After all, it’s all about being creative. For example why not use oats in your cookies with some almonds and cranberries. How about going on dark chocolate instead of refined sugar in your next batch of homemade brownies? The options are endless.