5 sweet treats with surprising health benefits

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5 sweet treats with surprising health benefits
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Think of the last time you had a three-course meal. It’s safe to assume the dish you looked forward to the most was dessert. It’s human nature: malva pudding makes most mouths water, and a generous serving of ice cream will make any heart skip a beat.

But our favourite sweet treats do more than just put a smile on our face. When enjoyed in moderation, sweet treats can be good for your health.

Here are five health benefits of occasionally indulging in your most cherished sweet treat:

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is known to contain a number of mood-lifting chemicals such as phenylethylamine (a natural antidepressant), tryptophan (an amino acid that boosts the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of happiness).


For as long as we can remember, humans have used honey as food and medicine. According to research, one of the many health benefits of consuming honey is its ability to lower triglyceride levels, which is linked to a lower risk of heart disease.
Honey is also rich in phenols, which help prevent the formation of blood clots and lower the risk of strokes.


Inflammation is an important process that helps your body fight infections and repair damaged tissues. But chronic inflammation can turn the process against healthy tissues and cause a numerous amount of health problems. Cinnamon is an incredibly aromatic yet sweet spice. Besides adding a unique taste to some of your favourite baked treats, it does wonders for health. Studies show that cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties that regulate the inflammation process.

Frozen Raspberry Pops

This frozen fruit treat is not only a great way to cool you from the summer heat — it is also packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to strengthen the immune system, aid the production of collagen, speed the healing of wounds and work as an antioxidant that protects your cells from free radical damage.

Oatmeal Cookies

While it’s always better to have unprocessed foods, oatmeal cookies are far healthier than their counterparts. Oatmeal cookies are richer in fibre than most other variants of cookies and have a lower GI level than other cookies. This means they are better for your blood sugar than other cookies. The next time you consider curbing your sweet treat, remember that enjoying something sweet is not a problem. Like any other dietary consideration, just remember the golden rule: everything in moderation. Couple that with the right health tips and you’re well on your way to leading the healthy lifestyle you’ve always wanted to.

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