Regular cookies (they don’t need to be chocolate chip) are full of sugar and refined white flower.
We’ll get back to sugar later. First, let’s take a quick delve into the alarming reality of refined white flower.
Why is white flour bad for you?
Whole grain is made of three sections. From the outside moving in we have the bran, which is an effective source of fibre, B vitamins and anti-oxidant, next there is the endosperm (the part a lot of people haven’t heard about!) this is the least useful part of the grain, and primarily consists of starch. Lastly, at the heart, there is the germ, which has proteins, minerals, fat and more B vitamins.
As you’ve likely already guessed, the refining procedure used to make white flower chucks out the bran as well as the germ and focusses on the endosperm. The part of the grain which contains the least nutritional value.
Flour, and ultimately cookies (and bread, and a variety of other things) that is made from the endosperm is very hazardous to your health. Why do they make it? Why does refined white flour even exist? Because it stays fresh for a longer time. And foods that have a longer sell by date make a lot more money. (which of course is way more important than our well being, right!?)
Refined white flower can cause an entire multitude of health conditions. Including but definitely not limited to: an increase in weight, diabetes, heart problems, tumors, digestive problems, the list never ends!
Now for the sugar
Sugar has got such a bad rep already that I don’t think I ought to beat it down anymore. We know it’s bad for us… but it makes food taste better, so we carry on eating it.
A lot of things taste just as good without sugar too. Oatmeal cookies are a fantastic example. They get their sweetness from more healthy alternatives to sugar, for example honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract, raisins, or perhaps chocolate!
Oatmeal cookies are made with whole wheat flower, which still contains all of the good parts of the grain, exactly as nature intended.
I also feel like I ought to say that they actually taste much better too! Don’t you think? To me at least, oatmeal cookies are more indulgent and sophisticated than regular cookies… and don’t get me started on oatmeal cookies with stem ginger! They always get the top secret hiding place behind the pans! Much too tasty for kids!
Post a comment to let me know which is your first choice cookie. Is it a nutritious luxurious oatmeal extravaganza similar to my stem ginger treats? If you love cookies, and you haven’t tried them yet, you really need to!