If you have a sweet tooth, it must be almost impossible for you to resist the post-meal sweets craving. Well you know you are not alone.
But now reality has just hit you like a brick, because your old clothes suddenly don’t fit you anymore. Your little sweet indulgences are starting to show on your waistline.
Even if you are one of the lucky few who, to the envy of all, are blessed with a lightning fast metabolism, and manage to stay in shape regardless of what or how much you eat, deep down you know that sugar (or HFCS – High Fructose Corn Sugar) is bad for you.
Having sweets / chocolates especially after a meal, when the body has already received a good amount of carbs, proteins and fats is particularly not advisable, because the sugar (fragmented and devoid of nutrition) will cause your insulin levels to spike.
The problem with too much insulin in the blood is that it inhibits the fat burning process and rather makes the body absorb some of the fatty acids and glucose in the blood, turning them into body fat.
The good news is, there are still some healthy alternatives you can use to satisfy that sweet tooth without really piling on those extra kilos because of sugar. Let us take a look at how you can replace your post-meal sweets:
The berries available at your grocery can not only satisfy your craving, but also give you lots of antioxidants. Berries are also filled with vitamin C and flavonoids, which are associated with a reduced risk of cancer, asthma and stroke.
Now, this can be a tricky one. Dark chocolate is known to be good for the heart, while taking care of your sweet craving. So having a small piece or two is totally fine, as dark chocolate contains much less sugar, if any. But it is sugar nonetheless, and having half a bar of dark chocolate will do more harm than good.
This is one guilt free sweet that will totally give you that sweet taste, along with amino acids, fiber and minerals such as potassium and magnesium. So the next time you crave for that sweet kick, don’t hesitate to chew on a couple of dates. Who said taste and health can’t go hand in hand?
Though also used as a sweetening agent, organic jaggery is considered much better than refined sugar or HFCS as craisertain minerals and plant phytochemicals are preserved in it.
It also contains iron which improves haemoglobin. Moreover, it makes a lot more sense to have jaggery after meals when you consider that it activates digestive enzymes in our body thereby aiding digestion and preventing constipation or acid reflux.
So there it is; Some healthy, guilt-free (or at least low guilt) post-meal sweets. These sweeties (pun intended) are perfect alternatives to sugar, and also take care of your health. Cheers!
P.S. Be sure to check out our article on the healthiest species of raisins, the Manuka raisins.