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All Adults Enjoy a Little Dessert for All the Best Reasons
When dining out most people eat their dessert at the end of the meal unless dessert is the primary goal of the get-together. Did you know that there is a scientific reason that we eat dessert last? Is dessert as important to you as the rest of the meal? Do you have dessert every time you eat out?
Desserts at the Westminster Village Pub include chocolate, cheese cake and lots of ice cream. Residents can also enjoy the dessert of the day. So even if you don’t fix your own dessert at your residence, you can enjoy it close to home. Both the Pub and the Village Café offer fruit for those who’ve cut sugar out of their diets.
Desserts have been available for active adults throughout history
The history of desserts is confusing. People ate desserts as early as the Middle Ages in Europe. But if you consider honey a dessert, then that would date as far back as the prehistoric era. Wikipedia includes information about sugar, grown and refined in India around 500 BC. Since sugar is integral to desserts, some type was probably made in Asia at that time.
The website also explains that “the word “dessert” originated from the French word desservir, meaning ‘to clear the table.’” So, as you can guess, the dessert became the food served after the table was cleared of the other meal courses. In some countries of the world, no dessert course exists.
Science says there’s a reason we eat dessert last
It’s more than likely that you eat your dessert at the end of the meal because it has become a social convention. But, author Gus Lubin, writing for Business Insider, says there is a scientific reason for why we eat dessert last. He says, “One factor could be our brain’s primal urge to consume as many calories as possible. According to food scientist Steven Witherly, our appetite fades after we eat too much of the same type of food. A dessert course tricks our brain into wanting more food.”
Seniors all over the world enjoy dessert
While there may not be a dessert course that comes after a meal in some countries, residents in every country still enjoy desserts. Examples include:
- America – apple pie
- Turkey – baklava, phyllo dough, chopped nuts and honey
- Indonesia – dadar gulung, green pancakes rolled in and stuffed with coconut sugar
- France – crème brulee, custard topped with caramel
- Italy – gelato, ice cream like our soft-serve
- Austria – linzer torte, filled with red currant jam, plum butter, raspberry or apricot jam
- Cuba –mojito cake with rum or rum extract
- Bulgaria – garash cake, chocolate cake
- Canada – bumbleberry pie, apples, raspberries, blackberry, cranberries, plums (no bumbleberry)
- China – mooncakes, lotus seed paste, rose-flavored cooking wine, egg yolk wash
There are many reasons active adults love dessert
No matter when you eat your dessert – some people like it first – good reasons for dessert exist. Despo Georgiou, owner of Despina’s Café in North Carolina, has her own ideas about the reasons for eating dessert. She says,
- It puts you in a good mood.
- It makes for a good breakfast.
- A few bites is all it takes.
- (Chocolate) can prevent a stroke.
- (Dark chocolate) lowers blood pressure.
- You learn to share and care.
- It makes life more enjoyable.
Dessert and a good cup of coffee after your meal does make for a great evening. Dieters can eat a little with no guilt and sugar-free eaters can find something that makes them happy. Dessert is part of your history. Enhance your life with a little dessert when you’re dining. Bon appetite!
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team