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Healthy and delicious chocolate pudding – is it possible?

by Rehan S. Branding
Puddings are commercially produced milk-based desserts with various flavours that can be enjoyed alone or mixed with different ingredients. Since milk is an essential and primary component in the production of puddings, they contain all the macronutrients of milk (water, carbohydrates, fats and proteins).

Diverse composition

Puddings have the creamy texture and soft silky flavour very important for this type of food, thanks to their milk fats. Puddings made from Estonian milk contain only 2.2 2.3 grams of fat. This is the right choice since puddings are not meant to be fatty energy bombs.

Chocolate pudding contains a wide spectrum of carbohydrates. As to sugars, pudding contains milk sugar lactose. Indeed, the original milk used for producing puddings contains a relatively small amount of lactose and this compound is not very sweet either. When you look at the nutrition values on the pudding cup, you can see that the content of carbohydrates in this dessert is among the highest, compared with other nutrients, ranging from 15 to 17 grams.

However, this hides an interesting fact: namely, that in addition to sugars, puddings also contain other carbohydrates which stabilise this dessert but are not sugars. These compounds are modified starches, guar gum and carrageen. While digestive enzymes cleave modified starch, they do not have a decomposing effect on guar gum and carrageen. The micro-organisms in the gastrointestinal tract use part of the modified starch for producing organic acids essential to the human body.

Milk proteins make pudding a source of valuable proteins. Although their protein content is not very high, puddings still contain a significant quantity of proteins (2.5-2.8 grams), compared with several other desserts. Skimmed milk powder is sometimes added to puddings to increase their protein content.

Most of the proteins in puddings come from milk, so their amino-acidic composition is favourable both for those with a sweet tooth or not. Added cocoa also contributes a little to the increase of the protein content.

Three Pillars of Flavour

Our dairy industry traditionally produces puddings with three types of flavours: vanilla, caramel and cocoa.
 
Synthetically produced vanillin, which shouldn’t be confused with natural vanilla, is added to vanilla-flavoured puddings. The main difference is that while the taste and aroma of the natural vanilla pods are generated by the interaction of at least 50 different compounds, only a single compound is responsible for the flavour of synthesized vanillin. Since vanillin has a very intense flavour and aroma, a relatively small amount of it is added to puddings.

Cocoa powder is added to cocoa-flavoured desserts. Although cocoa is added in a very small amount, only 1.9%, its impact on the appearance, flavour and nutritional values of the product is very noticeable. In addition, the carbohydrates, proteins and fats in cocoa powder contribute to the main nutritional content of the pudding. Cocoa has another benefit – namely, anti-oxidant polyphenolic compounds have been found in it.

The third main pudding flavour is caramel. This flavour is achieved by adding caramelised sugar and flavouring agents to the dessert.

In order to bring out different flavours better, a small amount of table salt is added to all these products. The low salt content is also confirmed by the fact that salt is always last in the ingredient list of puddings.

Conclusion

Puddings are praiseworthy products that can be enjoyed as a cold creamy complement to cakes or used for making various desserts in combination with jam, fruits, berries, chocolate pudding chips and other additional ingredients.


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