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    How often can I eat dessert?

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    I have a very sweet tooth and like to eat lots of cakes, biscuits and ice cream. How much is too much? Is it OK to eat dessert everyday? After every meal even?
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    Courtney Bates

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Courtney is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN) and member of the Dietitians Australia. She runs her own practice on Sydney's Northern Beaches … View Profile

    Great Question! Dessert can be included everyday if it contributes to our total energy intake for the day and provides us with nutrients like fibre, protein or calcium. Energy dense, nutrient poor choices for dessert include full fat icecream, cakes, pies/strudels and biscuits. These are all very high in calories and have too much saturated and trans fat which is detrimental to our health. Calorie controlled dessert choices which should satisfy your sweet teeth include Special K Dessert inspired bars, Sunrice sweet flavoured rice cakes (apple & cinnamon, honey, caramel), 20g (2 squares) dark chocolate, low-fat plain or flavoured yoghurt, 1-2 Arnott's Snack Right Fruit Slice or Fruit Pillow, 2-3 fresh dates or 30g mixed dried fruit. Be sure that your snacks add up to no more than 1200kJ in a day. I often recommend either 3 x 400kJ snacks (snacks/ “dessert” after each meal), or 2 x 600kJ snacks (mid-afternoon and after dinner).

    Courtney Dinnerville
    Accredited Practising Dietitian

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