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Dietetics director shares tips for heart-healthy desserts

Emma Laing, clinical professor and director of dietetics in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, spoke with about heart-healthy desserts to incorporate into your diet.

“Incorporating desserts you love, either occasionally or regularly, is possible with a bit of thoughtful planning,” Laing said.

She also stressed the importance of “being sensible with portion sizes and eating slowly and mindfully without a lot of distractions.”

Laing recommended avoiding desserts with alcohol and tropical oils like palm oil and coconut oil.

Instead, go for a dessert with matcha tea incorporated. According to Laing, matcha tea has been linked to reduced risks of cardiovascular disease due to its high levels of antioxidants and amino acids.

“Matcha powder can be added to smoothies, ice cream and baked goods to enhance the flavor and increase the content of antioxidants in these products,” she said.

Beets can also be a great addition to your heart-healthy desserts because they are high in fiber, folate, potassium and other nutrients.

“A fun fact about beets is that the leaves are also edible, and the entire beet can be blended, juiced or added as a powder to desserts like cakes, cheesecakes and brownies,” Laing said.