A group of people with a sweet tooth have developed into a digital baking community to cope with the pressure from COVID-19 isolation.
It was about two o’clock in the afternoon and the kitchen was bustling with the aroma of egg tarts and Lan, who made these sweets was just getting started to add another spoonful of sugar to her fresh juice with an infectious smile on her face.
Actually it has almost been a daily routine for Lan to make homemade desserts since the COVID-19 isolation started. “I’m kind of person with a sweet tooth and I’m very big on baking,” She said, “As nearly all dessert shops were closed currently due to coronavirus and to lift the spirit, I came out the idea of making some at home.
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To be honest, I used to be an anti-sweets people because I thought they do no good to my health and too many sugar can related to diseases like obesity, high blood pressure etc.” Lan said, “However, I was influenced by my friend who went to dessert shops every time she felt stressful and unhappy. And after I tried, I was surprised to find my attitudes changed in a big way.”
In fact, Lan was not in an occasional situation. According to researches from The Nest, desserts contain high percentage of carbohydrates which contributes to overall emotional well-being and produce chemicals to alter your mind in positive ways.
“Under acute stress the brain requires some 12 percent more energy and Carbohydrates provide the body with the quickest source of energy.” Achim Peters, a brain researcher and diabetologist said, “People who experience a lot of stress in childhood have a stronger preference for sweets later in life.”
Yijin, who is also fond of sweet food agreed on the researcher said: “At first, I started to make homemade desserts only because it’s my ‘trigger food’, however, I gradually realized that eating desserts was more of a way to cheer me up and reduce my anxiety during quarantine.”
And in such a special time when people had to stay at home and only had limited things to amuse, making desserts not only served as a way to release pressure and enrich lives, but also built connections with their neighbors as people were sharing food with others.
“Every time I baked, I would remain some and sent out to my neighbors. Yijin said, “I think it’s really important for us to stay together and share our happiness or spread positive energy in any forms.”
Besides, more people were sharing their food photos and recipes on social media platforms and encouraged their friends and others to have a try. Lan said: “It didn’t cross my mind that I would receive so many comments and responds when I first posted my homemade desserts in Wechat Moments.
It seems that people who have shared interests are turning into communities and showing a healthy and positive lifestyle during the isolation.”