Tuesday 27 March 2012

Great news - healthier biscuits!

You will be relieved and delighted to know that the humble (if dull) digestive biscuit has now been made even more dull and even more humble. And HEALTHIER! For Macvities, in their wisdom (and concern for our welfare. Aaaah. Bless) have reduced the saturated fat in these biscuits. (What saturated fat? You may well ask. I didn't know, either. But there it is.)

So now you can reach for a digestive* to have with your coffee with a clear conscience. Phew! I don't know about you, but that's certainly a weight off my mind (and my hips, and my thighs, and...).

It's so reassuring to know that we're being looked after, isn't it? And to think my granny used to feed me on bread and dripping...

*I've alway wondered about the name "digestive". Why, exactly?


  1. I have always wondered about the term "digestive" for those biccies, too. Why aren't they simply called biscuits, like all normal, self-respecting pieces of baked goods of that shape and size?
    By the way, I like the chocolate-covered ones from Cadbury's best.

  2. I have also wondered about the name. Does it aid the digestive process? Or give your digestive system something to do between meals?
    It isn't my favourite. I love biscuits, but this has never featured in my top ten. It's too dull and sandy. I am very surprised it needs to be made healthier. It isn't exactly a treat as it is!
    I love Custard Creams and Jammy Dodgers. As a child, I adored Gypsy Creams, but haven't seen those for years.

  3. If the makers were worried about our health they'd stop selling us the chocolate covered ones, wouldn't they?

    Believe they're called digestive because they were baked with bicarbonate of soda which can act as an antacid.

  4. Why can't people make healthier choices for themselves, but it doesn't seem that they can. I wonder if people will think that they can now eat twice as many because the biscuits are now healthier for them.

  5. You can almost guarantee they wont taste as nice, but will cost more!

  6. Librarian, chocolate are the only ones worth bothering with!

    Joanna, I'm not really a biscuit-eater. I think I was put off them years ago in Zambia, when the ants got into the Nice biscuits (not nice at all, even without the ants).

    Patsy, how on earth did you know that (about the bicarb)? But thanks, anyway!

    Jarmara, I couldn't agree more. I think we should be left alone to eat/drink/smoke ourselves to death. We might cost the NHS more in the short term, but think what we'd save on pensions!

    Teresa, I don't know about the taste, but apparently they disintegrate when dunked!

  7. Spread them with beef dripping and get your own back on the Health Police.

  8. Thanks,Diane!

    Alan, that's an inspired idea. I shall follow it up with bread and butter sprinkled with sugar ( another of Granny's treats)!

  9. I never eat digestive biscuits unless I am offered the occasional chocolate covered one. However I buy a lot because I use them as a base for my cheesecakes. They are very popular though because in the UK alone, the annual sales of chocolate digestives total about £35 million. This means that each year, 71 million packets of these are sold - and each second 52 biscuits are consumed.