Raspberry mousse as a low calorie dessert.
Energy and Energy!
These days it's very common (and easy) to exceed the dietary energy need on a daily basis. The primary reason why we are dealing with the obesity problem.
As Tom Venuto would pose, generally it's not what you eat but how many calories that affects body weight.
He carefully explaines in his book "The Body Fat Solution" the less apparent culprits of weight gain and what to do about it. It all boils down to the same, excess calories!
In my humble opinion, there are 2 key points in this discourse. The first is obvious:
- To avoid weight gain, normalize energy consumption.
- To sustain a healthy energy metabolism (how the body processes the foods you eat) you need nutrient rich foods.
Fat and sugar are the big 2 if anything needs to be changed. You may not like low fat or low carb desserts. Today however there's no reason to not try them.
By lowering fat and/or sugar content you're also lowering calories.
...and if the dessert recipe doesn't allow too much alterations, just have a smaller portion!
Why Fortified Foods?
According to globally recognized organisations such as the WHO (World Health Organisation) nearly a third of the world population suffers from micro-nutrient deficiencies.
Certain food companies fortify their products with micro-nutrients. With among them iron, iodine, vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin D.
However, these are not enough to combat a deficiency. Fortification is more a preventative measure than a cure.
We can only correct (providing there are no other health issues) a shortage through diet and supplementation under the supervision of a general practitioner.
Even though food enrichment isn't the solution, it is a step toward reducing the amount of people with a deficiency.
The above is a telltale sign why we need to reconsider our daily diet. Does it provide enough energy or too much? Are the foods rich in micro-nutrients?
A deficiency may result in certain health conditions. Some people are more sensitive to these than others.
A lack of some B vitamins, like folic acid, may give depressions and heart disorders. It may even lead to obesity.
Low calorie dessert recipes often involve many kind of fruits and protein containing ingredients (such as egg whites) which is a very good thing. They contain a good amount of nutrients to take advantage of.
It makes sense why doctors want you to stick to the food pyramid. Why low calorie dessert recipes or even regular desserts are just a small part in the grand scheme of things!