Great British Bake Off: Are desserts ever healthy?

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Although not all of their ingredients are healthy, moderate desserts may not be as unhealthy as you think. Ruth Black/Stocksy
  • Desserts on top Great British Bake Off The TV show may not be as unhealthy as you might think from a certain point of view.
  • BMJ has published a study of show recipes, according to which 74% of the ingredient groups used correspond to a reduced risk of death and illness.
  • However, nutrition experts say that the tongue-in-cheek study ignores some important factors and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Just like the last holiday gift, BMJ has published a study suggesting mouth-watering, decadent desserts Great British Bake Off (TGBBO) The TV series may not be quite as bad for you as you can imagine.

The BMJ reports that many of the ingredients used by the show’s bakers come from food groups associated with reducing health risks.

Of course, this doesn’t apply to co-host Pru Leiths notorious alcohol as an ingredient.

The BMJs The tongue-in-cheek study is an umbrella study that brings together the results of other studies.

Aimed at connoisseurs, the show is a sweet competition between British bakers baking in a spacious marquee set up in the grounds of some very attractive British properties.

They are presented with increasingly complex cooking challenges and are eliminated one by one week after week until the final winning baker is anointed at a garden party for all Seasons participants and their families. It’s surprisingly funny and emotional, and the food is often impressive to look at, at least.

However, rugged is something that food really isn’t, and it would seem obvious that most of it is the kind that doctors advise you to avoid.

But the study’s long list of limitations aside, its results could be used to argue that Christmas baking isn’t all bad. Although timed for the holidays, its findings can apply to baked goodies at any time.

The authors of the study analyzed 48 Christmas dessert recipes baked with TGBBO on the website of the exhibition. They tallied up 178 unique ingredients and sorted them into broad ingredient groups.

The researchers then searched 7,008 study titles and abstracts, examining the associations of these categories with reported risks of death or illness. The new report included 46 credible roof studies.

The researchers reported 149 significant associations with death or disease, of which 74%, or 110 ingredient groups, actually reduced the risk of death and disease.

According to the new study, several ingredients were most commonly associated with reductions in death and disease: fruit by 40%, coffee by 16% and nuts by 13%.

Alcohol and sugar were the ingredients most commonly associated with mortality and disease.

Kelsey Costa, a registered dietitian and nutrition consultant with the National Coalition on Healthcare, who was not present BMJ study, he said that while he thought it brought a sense of comfort to eating party treats, he noted that not only were the ingredient categories quite broad, but little attention was paid to the amounts of ingredients used in the recipes.

As the authors themselves emphasize, if there was one raspberry and four butter in the dessert, the health benefits of the fruit and the harmful effect of the butter were equally emphasized, Costa said. Medical news today.

In reality, he said, many TGBBO recipes contain surprising amounts of sugar.

She chose a special mention for Rahul’s Spiced Apple & Plum Nut Crumble With Orange & Ginger Ice Cream recipe, which has about 378 grams of sugar. Even divided into eight servings, each contains 45 grams of sugar, exceeding the recommended daily limit.

American Heart Association recommends no more than 36 grams of sugar per day for men and 25 grams for women.

It’s also worth noting that many people have more than one serving of a particularly delicious dessert.

In every joke about Prus’s reputed love of alcohol, there was an opinion that co-host Paul Hollywoods was subtly enlarging his waistline, usually from Hollywood himself.

I like the focus on specific ingredients that have been shown to benefit health in the past, but of course a few ingredients alone don’t necessarily tell the whole nutritional story of a dessert, said registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick.

Analysis all Dessert ingredients as a whole may be a good next step in assessing the nutrient density of these desserts, he suggested.

Costa said the research approach prevents concrete positive correlations between dessert recipes and health outcomes.

She noted that the recipes published by TGBBO do not provide nutritional information. With an emphasis on decadence, these recipes are appealing to the eyes and taste buds, and they really can’t be described as even remotely healthy.

Although conventional wisdom holds that the alcohol in food burns off and disappears during cooking, this is not entirely true. Costa said studies by Washington State University, the University of Idaho and the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that anywhere from 4 to 49 percent of the original alcohol content can remain in the container.

Costa said the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Heart Association have all taken a strong stance against any form of alcohol consumption because of its harmful health effects.

He added that recent data show that even moderate alcohol consumption significantly increases the incidence of alcohol-related cancers, especially breast cancer, in women, and refutes claims that it could in any way reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Thus, the scientific consensus negates the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption and warns against consuming alcohol even in small amounts, Costa said.

However, Kirkpatrick and Costa did not suggest that people should avoid dessert treats altogether.

I advise my patients to enjoy dessert without guilt or shame. If their diet is nutrient-dense most of the time, simply choose a dessert that you love once in a while instead of looking to dessert for health benefits, Kirkpatrick explained.

Enjoy your holiday treats in moderation, but don’t expect health benefits or protective effects from your snow cake pops or baked Alaskan tortes.
Kelsey Costa

Of course, as Kirkpatrick noted, healthier dessert ingredients are better for you.

Any dessert that contains healthy fats such as nuts, seeds and nut butters, as well as fruit, cocoa/dark chocolate, can contain healthier ingredients, especially when some of these foods have added fiber, she said.

However, he cautioned that they often contain ingredients that can offset some of these benefits.

Ultimately, said Kirkpatrick, there are many aspects to longevity, with diet playing only one role, albeit a large one.

Perhaps the takeaway from the study, Kirkpatrick said, was that when not consumed regularly or when it compromises a diet’s dessert main course, it can be a pleasurable experience that may not harm health when paired with an otherwise nutrient-dense diet.

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