Regular cookies (they don’t have to be chocolate chip) are high in sugar and refined white flower.
We are going to get back to sugar later. First, let’s take a quick delve into the scary world of refined white flower.
Why is white flour bad for you?
Whole grain is comprised of 3 sections. From the outside moving in we have the bran, which happens to be an awesome source of fibre, B vitamins and anti-oxidants, and then we have the endosperm (the section the majority of people haven’t heard of!) this is the least nutritional section of the grain, and typically consists of starches. And finally, in the centre, there is the germ, consisting of protein, minerals, fat and more B vitamins.
As you’ve probably already guessed, the refining process which is used to produce white flower chucks out the bran as well as the germ and just focusses on the endosperm. The part of the grain which has the least nutritional value.
Flour, and therefore cookies (and bread, or any number of foods) which is made from the endosperm is extremely detrimental to your health. Exactly why do they make it? Why does refined white flour even exist? Because it stays fresh longer. And foods that keep longer generate more profit. (which of course is far more important than our well being, right!?)
Refined white flower can lead to an entire multitude of health risks. Including but certainly not limited to: fat gain, diabetes, hypertension, cancers, digestive system difficulties, the list goes on and on!
Now for the sugar
Sugar has got such a bad rep already that I don’t think I need to beat it down anymore. We know it’s bad for us… but it makes things taste better, consequently we keep eating it.
Many things are just as good without sugar too. Oatmeal cookies are a wonderful example. They can get their sweetness from healthier alternatives to sugar, for instance honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract, raisins, or perhaps chocolate!
Oatmeal cookies are made utilizing whole wheat flower, which still includes all of the healthy parts of the grain, just like nature intended.
I also feel that I need to point out that they actually taste better too! Wouldn’t you think? To me at least, oatmeal cookies seem far more indulgent and sophisticated than normal cookies… and don’t get me started on oatmeal cookies with stem ginger! They always get the secret hiding spot at the back of the pans! Far too good for kids!
Post a comment to let me know which is your first choice cookie. Is it a wholesome luxurious oatmeal extravaganza like my stem ginger treats? If you appreciate cookies, but you haven’t tried them yet, you really need to!