Marshmallow: benefits and harm to the body. Marshmallow composition
Among all the confectionery products that can be bought in the store, marshmallow is the most harmless to the body. The composition, benefits and harms of this product may vary depending on the addition of certain ingredients in its preparation. But marshmallow cooked on its own will be most useful.
What is marshmallow. The origin of the dessert
Marshmallow is a sweet airy delicacy, most often white or pale pink. This dessert, unlike other confectionery, is considered useful. That is why it is recommended to include marshmallows in the diet of kids and schoolchildren. The benefits and harms of this product for the body of children are periodically reviewed by pediatricians and nutritionists.
The word "zephyr" is of Greek origin and is translated as "western." Why is this name got famous dessert? The name Zephyr was carried by the ancient Greek god of the western wind.According to legend, it was he who gave people the recipe for making sweet treats.
In ancient Egypt, the marshmallow called the airy dessert based on honey. He was made only for Pharaoh and his entourage. To disclose the recipe of its preparation to the poor was strictly forbidden. In order for the dessert to keep the desired shape, the juice of a medicinal plant, pharmacy Althea, was used as a thickener. And only two centuries ago, agar-agar, edible gelatin and pectin were used instead of this ingredient.
The composition of the classic marshmallow includes fruit and apple puree, egg white, sugar and a thickener of vegetable or animal origin. Gelatin is used as the latter, which is obtained from the connective tissue of animals (cartilage, tendons). If this ingredient is added when making marshmallow, its structure will be slightly rubbery.
Dense marshmallow is obtained if you add pectin during its production. This is a substance of plant origin with adhesive properties.
But the most delicious marshmallow is obtained on agar-agar. It is made from dried Black Sea algae and is widely used inas a thickener in the preparation of desserts. Marshmallow on agar-agar is light and airy.
Marshmallow: good and harm. Calorie Product
It would seem, how a sweet dessert can help the body, because there is so much sugar in it? But this does not apply to such a confection as marshmallow, the benefits and harms of which are the subject of constant controversy between supporters and opponents of healthy eating.
Its benefits are as follows:
- The thickener in the marshmallow composition acts as an absorbent. It gently envelops the intestinal walls and removes toxins and toxins from the body. Gelatin also helps to strengthen the connective tissue, improve the condition of the skin, nails and hair. Agar-agar and pectin have an antiviral effect.
- Thanks to the protein in its composition, the marshmallow is quickly absorbed, gives the body additional energy and enhances the work of the brain.
- It has a relatively low calorie compared with other desserts. 100 grams of marshmallow with no additives contain 300 kcal, with vanilla - 12 calories more, in chocolate - 396 kcal.
The harm from this pastry delicacy is as follows:
- Due to the sugar content of marshmallow, it is not recommended for people with diabetes.
- Dyes and chocolate, which are used as additives, can cause exacerbation of allergies.
- Like any sweet dessert, marshmallows can contribute to the growth of dental caries.
If we compare it with other confectionery products, then it is the marshmallow that has the least negative reactions to the body. The benefits and harm of it, discussed above, allow you to include this dessert in the composition of diets. Of course, it is believed that during losing weight, it is better to give up sweets altogether. But due to the low calorie content, as a sugar delicacy you can afford 1 marshmallow per day. One piece of this dessert weighs 33 grams, which corresponds to 100 kcal.
What else is the effect for losing weight from the use of confectionery marshmallows? Health benefits and harms have been previously discussed. The positive effect is the absorbent function that it performs. Thanks to this, it is possible not only to get pleasure by eating a delicious dessert, but also to clean the body, that is, to remove harmful substances, toxins and slags.
Marshmallow recipe at home
It is easy to cook yourself such a delicacy, like marshmallows. The benefits and harm to the body at the same time will be the same as in the store version. However, it certainly will not be any additional ingredients that can cause allergies.
The following recipe for making marshmallow without fruit and apple puree, but to taste is not inferior to the State standard.
Gelatin (25 g) soaked in 100 ml of cold water for a couple of hours for swelling. Similarly, sugar (1 kg) is soaked in 200 ml of cold water. Boil sugar for 8 minutes, remove from heat, add gelatin and beat with a mixer at low speed for 10 minutes. Add a tablespoon of citric acid and continue to beat another 5 minutes. After a specified time, pour a teaspoon of vanilla. Beat another 3 minutes, then add a teaspoon of soda. Continue to beat another 7-10 minutes, until there is a clear mark from the corolla, that is, the mass becomes thick enough. Culinary syringe or spoon put it on a baking sheet, pre-laid paper for baking, and refrigerate for 4 hours. Homemade marshmallows ready. It will be an excellent replacement for store products.