When Is The Best Time To Eat Sweets?

February 27, 2017


Everyone likes desserts, sweets, and candy. If someone ever tells you “I never crave sweets,” trust me – they are probably lying.

If you are a true sugar-head and your day is not complete without something sweet, you came to the right place.

So, when is the best time to eat sweets?

Is it better to eat them after lunch, since that gives you enough room to work off those extra calories before bed? Or is it perhaps better to satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner?

Let’s find out.

Afternoon Delight

According to Kristy Rao, a nutritionist and a health coach, the general consensus says: between 4 pm and 6 pm (or about one hour after lunch).

“If you indulge in the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to burn off the calories throughout the rest of the day,” says Rao.

“If eaten directly after your last meal, you could become bloated and uncomfortable. But you also don’t want to eat sweets on an empty stomach, since your body will absorb it faster and lead to a bigger blood sugar spike – and a bigger crash a few hours later,” Rao continues.

Sweets Are Stabilizing Your Blood Sugar

Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D.N., agrees with Rao, and adds that eating sweets after lunch can also do wonders for your blood sugar levels.
“Having dessert after a balanced meal allows you to get the benefit of the nutrients in the meal to stabilize your blood sugar from the sweets. Psychologically, it’s also better to eat it after a meal,” says Blatner.

“When dessert is ‘attached’ to a meal, it signals doneness, so it’s less likely to trigger a bunch of mindless snacking.”

However, just to be on the safe side – make sure you get up and start moving after eating your sweets, even if you eat them during the 4pm-6pm sweet spot (pun not intended). Even a simple 10-minute walk will do the trick.

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