Here's Why Digestive Biscuits May Not Be As Healthy As You Think
If you thought digestive biscuits are healthy, you must read this.
Buy digestive biscuits only after going through their ingredients
- Digestive biscuits are in no way healthier than regular biscuits
- One single biscuit contains as many as 67 calories
- One single digestive biscuit contains 3 to 5 grams of sugar
How can anyone enjoy a cup of tea without a pack of biscuits to accompany it! Well, times have changed. People are now aware of how unhealthy and fattening biscuits can be with all the refined flour, sugar and other ingredients. Those on a weight loss expedition try abstaining from these biscuits as much as possible. Instead, they switch to digestive biscuits believing that they are healthier. But are digestive biscuits really healthy? Our expert, Rtitka Samaddar, Nutritionist, gives her word regarding this.
What are digestive biscuits?
The term "digestive" in digestive biscuits might make you think that they are cookies that aid digestion. Digestive biscuits are basically baked and made up of whole meal wheat flour and other leavening agents like ammonium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, tartaric acid, vegetable oil, powdered swim milk, baking soda and sugar.
Digestive biscuits are often considered to be healthy. Generally, 2 digestive biscuits will have somewhere around 150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein, 1 gram of fibre and 0.1 gram of sodium.
According to Ritika, digestive biscuits are high on fibre and are quite high in terms of fat as well. "So as a consumer, while buying such biscuits, you must read the label and ingredients. You must check the quantity of added sugar, refined flour (maida) and the amount of added fat in these biscuits. Consumers must read about the source of the flour used, whether it is refined or plain flour and then pick one," she explains.
Listed below are the ingredients and their quantities present in a regular digestive biscuit.
1 digestive biscuit might contains 2 to 3 grams of sugar. It is not as high as regular biscuit, but it is not healthy either. So if you wish to keep your heart safe and healthy, avoid consuming so much sugar.
2. Refined flour
The flour used for making digestive biscuits is semi-refined. So irrespective of whether the biscuit is made from whole wheat or bran flour, it is not healthy if it is refined.
Digestive biscuits contain saturated fats. 1 digestive biscuit might contain somewhere around 3 to 5 grams of fat.
Anything which has an artificially created long shelf life must be avoided. Packaged food which has a shelf life longer than a week contains high levels of preservatives in it. These preservatives are synthetic in nature.
5. Sodium content
Digestive biscuits are high in sodium. The content is quite similar to a pack of potato chips. So, digestive biscuits can be just unhealthy as a pack of potato chips.
Sapna Tomar, our clinical nutritionist shares some healthier alternatives to digestive biscuits as a snack:
- Handful of nuts
- Raagi based biscuits
- A seasonal fruit
- Mixed seeds with dried fruit
- Roasted channa
(Ritika Samaddar is the Regional Head of the Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Max Healthcare)
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