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The Best Time To Eat Dessert, According To Experts

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After every great dinner with friends or family, a difficult moment arises. The pie, pudding or cake arrives on the table, resplendent. But having just gorged on the meal, I can’t enjoy dessert. What’s a sweets lover to do?

We put this highly scientific question to a panel of registered dietitians to figure out when’s the best time to eat and enjoy dessert and whether there’s an ideal time to wait to check in on your hunger cues.

The ideal time for a sweet treat is…

In my unqualified opinion, it’s always the ideal time for dessert, but our experts said otherwise.

Earlier in the day may be best for digestion, according to Sue-Ellen Anderson-Haynes, a registered dietitian and founder of 360 Girls & Women. In fact, an after-dinner treat could contribute to acid reflux, heartburn, upset stomach or just poor sleep when enjoyed too close to bedtime.

“It takes about one to two hours to digest carbohydrates (bread, pasta, crackers),” Anderson-Haynes tells HuffPost. “If you add more components such as protein and fat, you increase digestion time. Most desserts contain high amounts of fat and carbs (added sugar, flour, etc.).”

Pudding is part of celebrations, enjoyment and pure pleasure, so if you feel like eating it later in the day or evening, that’s fine too, according to........

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