Traditional Mexican sweets are a good alternative to candy and sugary sodas

“Alegrías,” “ates,” and “cocadas” are great dessert alternatives to candies, packaged juices, and other processed sweets, since they have lower levels of sugar, El Universal reports.

Elvira Sandoval, an academic at the Faculty of Medicine under the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), stressed that we should aim to reduce excessive consumption of sugar among children, not only regarding the intake of sweets, but also soft drinks and other highly sugared beverages.

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. She argued that diseases such as obesity and diabetes are often genetic, although they are also caused by excessive consumption of sugary drinks, a sedentary lifestyle, and poor eating habits.

As 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 it comes in different flavors such as guava, tejocote, pumpkin, and pear, and that it can be especially pleasant due to its taste and texture. According to information from UNAM Global, other typical sweets include “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.

Text: El Universal

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