You may have fond memories of a family member who brought a spectacular apple pie to an annual Memorial Day barbeque. There might be a particular bakery that has a blueberry scone worth the trip across town and the Calories. All in all, dessert plays an important memory and sensory experience. It can fit into a healthy lifestyle. The problem is our “grab-and-go” culture: a croissant and cappuccino at breakfast, a slice of pizza and a cupcake in the break room at work...we can easily go off the sugar deep end.
Emily Luchetti’s #dessertworthy manifesto is a beautiful slice of moderation of the better parts of eating—dessert. Luchetti writes:
“Dessert is being consumed by adults and children at an alarming rate, resulting in troubling health issues, including Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Compelled to take action, awardwinning pastry chef Emily Luchetti launched #dessertworthy in July 2014 to raise awareness about sugarladen processed foods and to encourage saving desserts for a treat, not a daily occurrence. Ms. Luchetti, Chief Pastry Officer at Big Night Restaurant Group and Board Chairman of the James Beard Foundation, aims to spread the mission of #dessertworthy nationwide by 2016.”
With strict diet plans such as the Whole30 Diet, dessert seems out of reach for those looking to have better health but want something in moderation. Luchetti was recently interviewed for Civil Eats here.
“I love desserts and I think they really add a lot to our lives. If you’re having a birthday party or any other celebration, there’s a dessert there, and it’s something that makes an event more special. They have the power to give such pleasure, so I don’t want to see anyone giving up sweets completely when that’s not necessary. Let’s put them in their proper place. Let’s start asking which desserts are worthy to eat and which ones aren’t.”
Gina Volsko RDN, LD is the SCAN blog coordinator. You can reach her at email@example.com or read more of her work and antics at www.sport2fork.com.