Desserts Sweets that won't Desert you
Bakery Review|October - November 2021
Dessert is the favourite part of a meal not only of children but of everyone present at the dinner table. No wonder 14th October is celebrated every year as National Dessert Day. Sweets are an inevitable part of almost all festivals and festivities in India. Any social event must end with a dessert – if not an array of them! In India sweets are a gesture of goodwill. Desserts thus form an essential part of the meal. Ashok Malkani looks at the various aspects of this final course of a meal including its benefits and the popularity of different desserts in countries around the world.
Ashok Malkani

India is not only famous for its rich culture and heritage but also for its food associated with its festivities. From east to west and north to south the country’s populace not only express their love through food and sweets but sweets also form an important component of each celebration and feast. With such an affection for sweets is it any wonder that they like to end their meals with a sweet – the dessert?

Dessert is not just an integral or loved part of the meal for Indians but desserts are popular all over the globe. As someone remarked, stressed is desserts spelled backwards. So, if you are feeling stressed have a dessert!

Linda Grayson has said , “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” Truly, desserts are ever-popular friends of diners, globally. Desserts are, at their core, an indulgence yet they are becoming extremely popular with all ages. Why?

Kshitiz Shekhar, Executive Chef, Hotel Marine Plaza, Mumbai discloses, “Desserts are becoming popular across the globe. Everyone is focused regarding healthy body and mind especially in the era of pandemic. Dessert craving was always there but the trend of having dessert has changed in modern days. Over the last five years, industry players have reformulated many frozen cakes and pastry products with more nutritious, higher-quality ingredients to appeal to health-conscious consumers. More natural and organic products also appeared in the baking aisle, including baking mixes and jarred frosting made without artificial flavours or preservatives. The dessert category nowadays include more ingredients that are associated with healthy living with clean label, organic, free-from (gluten-free, dairy-free, sugarfree), and vegan or plant-based options.”

Dessert is many things to many people. They are cherished because sweet is one of the first developed senses in our life. Sugar, it may be mentioned, is a quick pick-me-up. Pleasant in taste, it can trigger endorphins which makes you feel good.

Benefits of Desserts

So what are the benefits of desserts?

Kshitiz Shekhar says , “The most important benefit of eating desserts is that it will help us to be active and satisfy our cravings. Having desserts in a proper controlled way lowers the blood pressure and thus protects from the strokes. Desserts made out of healthy ingredients can provide necessary vitamins & antioxidants which can fuel our body & mind.”

For connoisseurs of desserts, having these delicacies is like feeding the soul with food that makes them feel like they’ve finally found Heaven on earth. If you are one of those “healthy” people who crave for chocolates or other sweets but feel guilty at the mere confession of the craving here is some good news for you. Eating dessert does not mean you have little or no self-control. It only means that you have a good sense of what you want and that you have what it takes to honor these cravings. Here are a few reasons to let logic take a back seat and enjoy your dessert:

It puts you in a good mood: Constantly denying these simple pleasures over a long time, particularly if you like sweets, can make you resentful and develop a negative attitude, and be in a foul mood.

It can prevent a stroke: In a 10 year study, conducted in Sweden, of men in the age group of 45-79, it was found that ones who ate some amount of dark chocolate regularly were less likely to suffer a stroke than those who didn’t.

Rajat Sachdeva, Executive Pastry Chef, J.W.Marriott Aerocity New Delhi, states, “Consuming products such as a little bit of dark chocolate everyday can actually help reduce the risk of a stroke in the long run, as well as reduce your blood pressure.”

He adds, “Most importantly, it makes life more enjoyable, as eating desserts immediately puts you in a Good Mood, which makes your day go better, and in turn makes you healthy, as it also makes you a happier person and a better human being.”

History of Desserts and Dessert Day

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