Poor Santa. There was a time when he just had to take care of biscuits. Now his bowl full of jelly faces the dangers of spiced donuts, eggnogs and gingerbread spikes.
Why do so many of these fattening meals always arrive during the holidays?
Sense sign of the season, "says Jonathan Deutsch, professor of culinary arts and food science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. "Just like Charlie Brown on TV, they remind us that this is a special time."
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And from a psychological point of view, the "peculiarity" of the holidays can also give you permission to surrender. "Holidays are a" time out "of everyday life," says German.
For many people, refilling peppermint shakes is like knocking on the doors and counting out "jingle bells." It's really strange at any other time, but for some reason in December is fine. Junk food marketers know what gives them an extra incentive to sell these low nutritional options and high margin options now.
And then there is the whole "temporary availability". Call it the McRib effect. The short-term supply drives demand and creates food FOMO. You see your friend Instagram has a glowing review of Starbucks' new holiday theme with glorified, caffeinated milkshake, and maybe you want too.
It's fine if you want to do something good, but you only know what calorie costs it means. The majority of these foods tend to be high in calories, sugar-driven, and nutritionally-deficient, says Real Nutrition NYC owner Amy Shapiro. While you may get a nice buzz from all the sweet stuff, the benefits stop there.
In fact, taking food rinses can often become a habit that you carry with you even if you try
If you want to take part in any of these seasonal treats, you must at least make your order smaller or smaller to share with someone.
Or turn to citrus fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth (and maybe even start a new holiday tradition). "I associate Clementines with Christmas, because they are delicious in the season and are good for stockings," says German.
They also do well to avoid these three offenders. Do you hear that, Santa Claus?
The food and beverage hall of the holiday season 2019
Snack: Starbucks Sugar Plum Danish
A 330 calorie snack bar is not so cheeky. But there's the 16 grams of sugar in a treat that could not be bigger than Rudolph's nose.
It has 160 more calories and 23 grams more sugar than the already yielding vanilla-shake. Holy Cluck!
Coffee drink: Dunkin Donuts Sticky Bun Swirl Cappuccino (medium, with whole milk)
This bad idea contains whopping 46 grams of sugar, more than four times more than a classic DD cappuccino.