Should you get into the 'baking buzz'?

Over the last couple of years, I have seen a trend that has started - 'Get The Nation Baking'. It got me thinking, is that actually a good idea? I'm not so sure...

What is generally wrong with baking? It tends to be unhealthy. If you go into a baking shop, the food in there looks pretty good right? pretty tasty? I'm sure they are, I'm sure they taste delicious, but I'm also sure they are unhealthy and fattening.

People may think that, if you bake at home, it can be healthy, as you will know what you are putting into the food you make, and that is true, in a way. If you cook anything at home, you will know exactly what is going into your food. But if you want to make cakes and pastries that you see on TV, in magazines or in bake stores, you will have recipes that contain a lot of unhealthy ingredients. So doing that isn't going to be a healthy way to go. I am all for cooking your own meals, I do it myself and I advise my clients and others to do it, but I don't advise cooking unhealthy, fatty foods, as there is no point.

The way 'baking' is advertised in the UK, it's almost done in a 'healthy' way, and convincing people it's healthy, when in fact, it generally isn't. If they are baking healthy food, then yes, it is good, but usually baking is unhealthy.

If you want to get into baking, but are also health conscious, then it could be a good idea. There are tons of baking recipes out there that are healthy - high protein, low fat, low carbs, natural ingredients. That is the right way to go. If you are going to get into baking, and make the unhealthy, fatty, sweet 'treats', then that is only going to make things worse (in terms of health and weight). Baking will only be healthy is you bake healthy. Just because you are making food from scratch at home, doesn't mean it's healthy.

You want to check your reasons for starting to bake, but try not to get 'sucked in' to this 'buzz' that is claiming baking to be out and out healthy, because it's not. It is only healthy if you bake healthy.

Lee Gregory Fitness

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