Regular cookies (they don’t have to be chocolate chip) are brimming with sugar and refined white flower.
We will talk about to sugar later. First, let’s have a quick delve into the frightening reality of refined white flower.
Why is white flour bad for you?
Whole grain is made up of three parts. From the outside moving in we have the bran, which is certainly a fantastic source of fibre, B vitamins and anti-oxidant, then we have the endosperm (the part that many people haven’t heard of!) this is the least valuable part of the grain, and predominantly consists of starches. Finally, in the centre, there is the germ, that has proteins, minerals, fat and more B vitamins.
As you’ve probably already guessed, the refining method which is used to make white flower throws out the bran along with the germ and focusses on the endosperm. The part of the grain which includes the very least nutritional value.
Flour, and therefore cookies (as well as bread, and a variety of other things) which is made from the endosperm is very bad for your health. So why do they make it? Exactly why does refined white flour even exist? Because it keeps for a longer time. And foods that keep longer make much more profit. (which of course is far more important than our well being, right!?)
Refined white flower can lead to a whole plethora of health risks. Including but definitely not limited to: an increase in weight, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, digestive function difficulties, the list continues!
Now for the sugar
Sugar gets such a bad rep already that I don’t think I have to beat it down any more. It is well known it’s bad for us… but it makes things taste good, and so we carry on eating it.
Loads of things taste just as good without sugar too. Oatmeal cookies make the perfect example. They are able to get their sweetness from healthy alternatives to sugar, for example honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract, raisins, or maybe chocolate!
Oatmeal cookies are made using whole wheat flower, which still includes all of the healthy parts of the grain, just like nature intended.
I also think that I should say that they actually taste much better as well! Don’t you think? To me at least, oatmeal cookies are much more indulgent and sophisticated than normal cookies… and don’t get me started on oatmeal cookies with stem ginger! They always get the top secret hiding spot behind the pans! Way too tasty for kids!
Leave a comment below to let me know which is your first choice cookie. Is it a nourishing luxurious oatmeal extravaganza similar to my stem ginger treats? If you love cookies, but you haven’t tried them yet, you really need to!