These 6 Anti-Inflammatory Desserts Are Unbelievably Delicious
Consuming too much sugar, as well as eating a high-calorie diet, can cause inflammation and increase your risk for autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes and Crohn's, according to a new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. To combat these health issues, researchers emphasize that a low-calorie diet that's low in sugar is key. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for a bowl of fruit when you want something sweet, or swear off indulgences forever.
Instead, indulge in desserts that can ease inflammation. "Foods that are anti-inflammatory generally are antioxidant-rich and supply vitamins and minerals with free radical scavenging capacities such as, but not limited, to vitamin C, E, D, carotenoids, and omega 3s," says Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN of Maya Feller Nutrition, which is based in Brooklyn, N.Y. "Plants including fruits and vegetables, sea vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds are all great sources of anti-inflammatory foods."
When thinking about the sweet treats you'd like to make from home, opt for recipes featuring nuts and seeds—like Feller's Pineapple-Peanut Nice Cream, featured in her Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook—and fruits. These are malleable ingredients that can impart rich flavors in any dessert. Looking for more anti-inflammatory dessert ideas? Consider some of our favorite last-course recipes below, all of which are low in refined sugar and contain healthy ingredients.