“I think dessert is unnecessary for me and I like meat much more than dessert” said by Massar Alsamraac, who is a PhD student studying genes. He explains that people love dessert because when they eat sweet food, their bodies can release the hormone dopamine which makes them feel happy. Adding that some people experience the same hormone release when participating in sport or singing. Moreover, he thinks most desserts are unhealthy; there are some disease like diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure that are closely related to high sugar intake. “ In my country, Iraq, there is a dessert named Baklava made of so many nuts, sugar, pastry and melts, which is very harmful to people’s well-being ” he said.
Liu chao, a postgraduate student at Newcastle University, also thinks that desserts are playing a less important role in nowadays society. Since people are getting busier, they might not have time to sit down and leisurely eat cake. As an international student from China, Liu said “desserts only as a symbol or sign of a certain festival can be recalled by people. Like in our traditional Mid-autumn festival, people eat moon cakes which will not be sold or made in other days.”
However, we can still find a big dessert fans around us, it seems that girls are thought of as particularly partial to the sweet stuff. Randi is that person. When she mentions dessert she shows me a bright smile and shares an interesting story. She once made the fire alarm ring for about 20 minutes when she was in a boarding school, because she was baking a cake and forgot the time. When the alarm rung, that kitchen was already full of smoke, and people had to run out of the building. For Randi, dessert is not just a tasty food, but a social tool that leads to memorable gatherings with friends and families.
Actually, I am a dessert fan as well. I think there desserts are linked to our emotions and we eat them when we are happy, sad, exited, tired and other moments like that... Maybe, it is time for dessert supporter to speak up!