Mexico, Sep. 13 (Notimex).- Alegrías, ates and cocadas are a dessert option without ingesting high contents of sugar contained in caramels or packaged juices.
Elvira Sandoval, an academic at the Faculty of Medicine under the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish), stressed that in the case of children, the ideal is to reduce excessive consumption of sugar, not only with the intake of sweets, but also with the soft drinks and other drinks that apparently bear fruit.
We must understand, she said, that excessive consumption of any food, in this case, with high sugar content, causes damage to health such as diabetes, said the expert.
She argued that obesity and diabetes can be a cause of a genetic factor, although they are also caused by excessive consumption of sugary drinks, lifestyles such as sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits.
Like good Mexicans, said the university researcher, we love the flavors that delight our palate, so she made reference to typical Mexican sweets such as alegrías, whose transcendence is historical.
She added that this sweet is nutritious and provides energy, being made of amaranth and honey, which can include raisins and nuts.
For the ate, she mentioned that this can be of various flavors such as guava, tejocote, pumpkin and pear, and that alone or accompanied with cheese is especially pleasant for its taste and texture.
According to information from UNAM Global, another of the typical sweets are cocadas, which are made with milk and coconut dough.
The specialist also suggested drinking natural water which, "although its lack of flavor is not pleasant to the palate of many," benefits health.
"Overweight, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are some of the conditions that tend to develop those who consume excessively soda, high sugar juices, flavored milk and other similar products," she said.
She emphasized that the consumption of sugars in sweets also causes cavities, considered a public health problem in Mexico.
She indicated that it is advisable to consume up to 10 percent of the total daily energy requirement, that is, if you take a diet of two thousand calories, you can eat 200 calories of these foods.
It is necessary, she said, to guide the population so that little by little they will change the sugary drinks for more nutritious ones and insist on periodic check-ups; make measurements of waist and weight, as well as review the amounts of food that are ingested.