How can I make healthy desserts?
Desserts and sweets can be healthy for you, if they are made with natural ingredients like whole grains, fruit, nuts/seeds, and even beans. Watch family physician and author Joel Fuhrman, MD, explain how to make healthy desserts and sweet treats.
You can use whole, intact grains, you can use fresh fruits, you can use whole nuts and seeds, and you can mix beans in there.
So instead of flour and sugar, we're using beans and nuts and fresh fruit and dried fruit for sweeteners. [MUSIC PLAYING]
You know, desserts are healthy. We're a primate with a big part of our tongue for the taste and enjoyment of sweet.
And that means we're designed to be eating sweet fruit, not sugar, not white flour and corn.
So in other words, desserts are good and healthy for you, especially if you're making like a brownie or a cake with a bean or an oat crust, or you're making a-- you know,
a bean brownie, with beans and dates and fruit and cocoa powder, or you're making an ice cream by whipping some frozen
fruit with a few almonds, or with some frozen banana or some almond milk, or you're making a-- You know, there's all types of ways we can make icings, cakes, pies, desserts, cookies, breakfast
bars. In other words, you can use whole, intact grains, you can use fresh fruits, you can use whole nuts and seeds, and you can mix beans in there.
So instead of flour and sugar, we're using beans and nuts and fresh fruit and dried fruit for sweeteners. That way, any sugar and carbohydrate
is absorbed very slowly into your bloodstream, not coming in rapidly, spiking an insulin response. And insulin is the fat storage hormone.
It keeps the glucose level going in slowly and not spiking up rapidly. [AUDIO LOGO]
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