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Why It’s Healthier to Eat Dessert First

Did your mom tell you not to eat dessert first? Turns out mom was wrong. Find out why eating dessert before your meal may be healthier.

When you were a child, did you look at your dessert longingly – and wish you could eat it before eating your broccoli and spinach? Of course, your mom was adamantly against eating dessert first. In this case, mom may have been wrong. According to an article published in Woman’s Day, there are some good reasons to eat dessert first – or at least a few bites. Here’s why.

Eat Dessert First: Why It’s a Good Idea

Whether it’s cheesecake or coconut pie, most desserts have a fair amount of fat. Too much fat isn’t good for you, but a little fat with a meal serves a useful purpose – it helps you absorb fat-soluble vitamin and nutrients better. Fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamin A, D, E, and K, can’t do their jobs if they aren’t adequately absorbed from the digestive tract. Other nutrients such as the carotenoids in green, leafy vegetables and sweet potatoes also need fat for best absorption.

That’s where eating dessert first comes in. Taking a few bites of dessert before eating your vegetables helps you absorb vitamins and nutrients better – and that’s a good thing when it comes to your health.

The other advantage of eating dessert first is it delays gastric emptying. This causes you to feel fuller quicker – so you’ll eat less. Of course, you should stick with the rule of only eating a few bites. Downing a whole dessert before you eat your main course and veggies isn’t a good idea since you’ll eat less of the foods that are good for you if you’re too full.

Other Ways to Slow Down Gastric Emptying and Absorb More Nutrients

There are other ways to slow down gastric emptying and help your body absorb more fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients. Eating a few spoonfuls of a cream-based soup just before or with a meal – or eating a salad with olive oil dressing will do the same thing. Olive oil is the healthiest choice of all since it contains heart-healthy fats. But if you’re going to eat dessert anyway, eat a few bites before eating your veggies. Don’t worry your mom will never know.

References:

Woman’s Day magazine. 7/11/00. Page 40.

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  1. this is really interesting. i was also told to eat it after meals. thanks very much, kristie, for telling when it should be eaten. i shall follow all your advice.

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  3. I’ve been saying that for years. Hahahahahha!

    Great article!

  4. $nice post$

  5. I was right after all. Nice info.

  6. I’m definitely eating dessert before dinner tonight. :)

  7. Nice information.

  8. Thanks for sharing this post. :) I’m always looking forward to eat the dessert first. Now I have a reason to! :) Great points!

  9. Okay, now I’ve been vindicated! Onward to the dessert, partial first, of course! lol Thank you!

  10. Very good information!

  11. awsome posting.. good jobs..

  12. Interesting article, and it sure does make sense when throughly, thought through

  13. I think that the sugar in dessert gets absorbed fast on an empty stomach, which raises our blood sugar, helping us to feel less hungry. I don’t know if they are still on the market, but an old product called Ayds was a chocolate soft candy you were supposed to eat a half hour before a meal. It had vitamins and minerals, and tasted mostly just like chewy candy. It helped. But I think a few bites of anything sugary or sweet – even fruit – does the same thing. Edgar Cayce (The Sleeping Prophet) recommended drinking purple grape juice a half hour before a meal in one (or more) of his readings. Thank you for the article.

  14. hi id like to know. since sugar tends to slow the metabolism down a bit… is it a good idea to eat hot foods after. will it help spike the metabolism a lil…

  15. My reason for eating dessert first was to avoid that “blood sugar crash” that happens if I eat something sweet and don’t follow it up with some protein. The explanation that I always heard was that the process of digesting things like meat used up some of the sugar before it could trigger a sugar high and subsequent crash. Whatever the reason, I always felt better eating the main course last. Fortunately, I eat reasonably small desserts and never leave any food on the plate, so leaving room for the main course is never a problem.

  16. My reason for eating dessert first was to avoid that \”blood sugar crash\” that happens if I eat something sweet and don\’t follow it up with some protein. The explanation that I always heard was that the process of digesting things like meat used up some of the sugar before it could trigger a sugar high and subsequent crash. Whatever the reason, I always felt better eating the main course last. Fortunately, I eat reasonably small desserts and never leave any food on the plate, so leaving room for the main course is never a problem.

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