Saturday, December 12, 2009

How often do you eat dessert?

We sometimes listen to WGAR 99.5, and every weekday morning they have a trivia question they call "the impossible question". Friday's answer left me stunned. The average American adult does what an average of three times a week? Listeners called in with their guesses, and it took quite a while and a few hints to get the answer of "eat dessert".

Really? Just three times a week? No way. That means I am FAR over the limit on dessert, because I have to tell you that I eat dessert fourteen times a week. That's right, I don't eat breakfast dessert (well, at least not every day), but lunch and dinner wouldn't be complete without at least a bit of chocolate or a couple of fig newtons, or even better, a tasty cookie.

I checked my trusty dictionary to see if their definition matches mine. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, copyright 1969, defines dessert: "The last course of a lunch or dinner, consisting of a serving of a sweet food, such as fruit, ice cream, or pastry." Oh! That means if you have your chocolate, say, at three o'clock in the afternoon, it doesn't count as dessert, right? I often save my lunch dessert until mid-afternoon when my blood sugar drops to my shoes, and I need a chocolate jump start.

And according to the definition, it only counts as dessert if you have it after lunch or dinner. So when I'm packing lunches in the morning and there's only one fig newton left in the row and it jumps into my mouth, it's just part of breakfast?

Is anyone else brave enough to 'fess up as to dessert consumption? I've always been envious of the British and Australian custom of having afternoon tea (even though I don't care for hot drinks) because it sounds like such a delicious meal, and if the novels have it right, made up of buns and cakes. A whole meal made up of dessert! So, my friends from other lands, is that the way it really is?

And what about my fellow Americans? Do you do like I do, and eat undressed salads or plain sweet potatoes for meals, just so you can have your daily dessert ration?

8 comments:

Daisy said...

I would definitely say it is much higher than 3! I probably have it 10 or 12 times a week, I bet. HA! My son's girlfriend says, "Life's short, eat dessert first!" :D

ladydi said...

Just 10 or 12? Such restraint! :>}

Heckety said...

Ok, so sweet snacks aren't dessert? Well in that case I'd agree with your 14...but if you revised the definition it might soar right off the Richter scale. My Mom has this sign in her kitchen: 'Life Is Uncertain-Eat Dessert First.' She says that if she was allowed she would live on desserts and starters and just skip main meals!

ladydi said...

I'd really be in trouble if I ate dessert first! I eat enough of it as it is. I do wonder where the radio station got that statistic, and if it is at all accurate. If they polled 10 people and happened to choose people who had just started a diet the results would be a bit different than if they asked us!

ladydi said...

p.s. I've been on a diet for seven years, and look at all the dessert I eat!

Suzanne said...

Oh dear I tend to eat what I call dessert rather more than 3 times a week. Take me out to an all you can eat buffet and dessert is my 1st, 2nd and 3rd course.

The Gingerbread House said...

I will only admit to having dessert after dinner !:o), but if I told the whole truth...I will eat a dessert quicker than dinner :o)...and just call me a stupid diabetic :o( Ginny

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