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Book Review: Desserts That Heal

Updated on October 14, 2008

Do you find yourself wishing that the desserts that you love to eat had some redeeming nutritional value? While that may seem like an impossible dream, it's really not. It's a fact that desserts - like most foods - can be good for you, a fact made abundantly clear in Desserts That Heal by Heather MacLean Walters, Ph.D.

While the book does not espouse unlimited sugar consumption, it is a basic premise of this publication that desserts are not inherently bad; in fact, they can provide much needed nutrients as well as meeting other needs. According to Walters, many desserts are good for you. The author asserts that even those that aren't particularly healthy in a particular form have the potential to be healthy if prepared properly.

Food For Thought According Desserts That Heal

A few of the many tidbits that back up the premise of this book - that desserts can be good for you - are detailed below. These are just a few of the many reasons the author encourages readers to include desserts as part of their overall eating habits.

Why eat ice cream? Ice cream is calcium rich. Making sure that you get a sufficient quantity of calcium can have a positive impact on blood pressure, boost bone density, improve the integrity of teeth, and more.

Is chocolate good for you? The author asserts that chocolate has many beneficial properties. Both milk and dark chocolate contain antioxidants, with dark chocolate having about twice the antioxidant concentration of milk chocolate. She further asserts that an ounce or two of high quality chocolate can reduce blood pressure.

Why eat candy? According to the author, mints are a good source of antioxidants and they have antimicrobial properties that can be a big help during cold season. She also asserts that peanut butter, a main ingredient in peanut butter cups, is a source of resveratrol, the same healthy substance found in wine.

What are the health effects of the spices used in baking? According to the author, nutmeg contains myristin and coumarin, both of which can prevent oxidation effects that can lead to cancer. Cinnamon is an antioxidant and offers many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and blood thinning properties, and more.

Healthy Dessert Recipes

While the bulk of this book focuses on reasons desserts can be beneficial, you'll also find a number of healthy dessert recipes in the publication. Some of the tasty and healthful treats you'll learn how to make when you read this book include:

  • Blueberry Pie
  • Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • Dark Mocha Cake
  • Italian Landmark Trifle
  • Lemon Butter Cookies
  • MacLean's Apple Pie
  • And many others...
  • Melody's Magic Cookie Bars


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