I think it is just food. It isn't the healthiest food choice you can make. If you often eat puff pastry to excess then it can have a negative impact on you. If you don't eat it excessively it probably won't impact you that much.
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I've made puff pastry in my baking classes & it's delicious; but just like any sweet treat, it's best in moderation.
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For me? It's bad for my waistline. :)
In general? If you're allergic to wheat or dairy, it's bad for you. If you eat a lot of it, it's bad for you. If you have a little bit I don't think it'll do you any harm.
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Food shouldn't be classified as good or bad. No one should ever feel guilty because they ate something. If you'd like to have a puff pastry (or even a donut) no one says you can't have one. As long as you are mindful of your portion, nothing has to be off limits.
Spark People teaches moderation, not deprivation. an occasional puff pastry can be a part of a healthy lifestyle as long as you watch the portion. I can't imagine living a life where I wasn't allowed to eat something because I was worried I'd gain weight. That's not healthy.
No one is a perfect eater. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.
Homemade puff pastry is just white flour, butter, salt, and water. It's not specifically "bad for you," but it's empty calories. It's high in saturated fat, and while you do need a little of that, one pastry would have more than you need for several days.
Commercial puff pastry may be made with partially hydrogenated fats, so that actually would be bad for you. It's not going to hurt you to have one piece on a rare special occasion, but it shouldn't be a frequent part of your diet.
So if you're asking because you want to have a fancy homemade butter pastry at a wedding, then go ahead and enjoy it. If you're asking because you have a vol-au-vent from a cheap bakery every day for lunch, then that's something you'll need to change if you want to be able to say you eat a healthy diet.
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