Discovered in the early 19th century, digestive biscuits were considered to be an aid in digestion.
Though with the changing time, just like everything, these biscuits too went through a series of changes. According to a UK website ‘The Foods of England’, the modern-day version of these healthy biscuits are not that healthy.
This raises a question, ‘Are digestive biscuits good for health?’ Certainly, these biscuits are healthy treat options, filled with the goodness of fibers and whole grains. But answering this question is not that simple. So before we pass the judgment, let us read some of its nutrition facts and advantages.
Nutrition values and benefits of digestive biscuits
Consider, you have consumed two digestive biscuits during your evening tea. On average these two biscuits contain about 150 calories, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugar, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber and 0.1 gram of sodium.
When compared with other nutrients that are present in the biscuit, the energy (calories) provided is way more than it should have. On the other hand, the rest of the nutrients don’t even provide 5% of the entire energy gained.
The Fiber Content in digestive biscuits
Meeting daily fiber goals of a body is helpful in alleviating constipation. It also helps to maintain a healthy body weight. Though our body is usually unable to reach that pre-determined goal on its own.
When it comes to digestive biscuits, fibers are one of the main components. But they can’t solely fulfill the fiber requirement of a body. It can help your body to push forward to reach that goal, but you can’t depend on them.
Digestive biscuits are also considered good for lowering the risk of heart diseases as they contain whole grains. But not every brand uses whole grain in their products. Depending on the brand, some use whole wheat flour, which isn’t that healthy.
Now, let’s get back to the main question, are digestive biscuits good for health? Well, till now they look pretty healthy but below are some facts and depending on them we will let you be the judge.
Facts, are digestive biscuits good for health?
1. Contains sugar which is obviously unhealthy
As per their name- digestive, they should be something healthy but the sugar content in these biscuits is very high. That’s why authorities have labeled them as a semi-sweet food item.
2. These are just made of calories
The fat these biscuits contain is considered unhealthy and the calories they have lack balance when compared to the other nutrients they contain.
3. Not enough fiber to complete your diet
Though these biscuits contain both protein and fiber, it is still not recommended to replace them with your supplement. The quantity of protein and fiber they contain is not able to provide a healthy balanced diet.
4. If you have high BP, stay away from these biscuits
An individual who faces the problem of high blood pressure is not suggested to eat them as the sodium count in these biscuits is very high. Eating 2-4 biscuits is just as bad as eating a packet of chips.
5. No other beneficial vitamins or minerals are present in them
They don’t contain any beneficial vitamins and minerals. Even the milk added to them are non-fat milk which lacks the calcium.
What we think is based on the above facts. These digestive biscuits are not as good as they sound. So, if you eat these digestive biscuits every day, as the part of your daily diet, we would want you to rethink. And last but not least, we only suggest you- not to judge the food solely on its name.