Digestive Biscuits

Digestive biscuit is referred to “

sweet meal biscuit

”. This is semi sweet biscuit and is very popular in United Kingdom and also in some Commonwealth countries, Greece, Australia and Ireland. They are called so because people believe that these biscuits contain antacid properties such as ‘sodium bicarbonate’, when these were developed first.

Digestive biscuits are also called as “


”. These biscuits were first prepared in 1876 by ‘Huntley & Palmer’s’. Digestives became popular in1894 when the recipe was published in Cassell’s ‘

New Universal Cookery Book

‘. In French, people called Digestives as “Biscuits digestifs” where as in Spain “Galleta integral”.

These biscuits are made from mixing coarse whole wheat and white flours. These are firm, but soft still. Digestive biscuits are semi sweet and hence can be served as sweets. These Digestives are also available with chocolate covered biscuits. These are eaten with coffee or tea. These are sometimes dunked into tea and eaten because biscuits disintegrate when they are wet.

McVities says that the name for “Digestives” came from “Baking soda” in these biscuits because this was known for presuming digestion and also to settle stomachs. Baking soda acts as an antacid. This is already broken down during the process of cooking and has no power in the treatment of indigestion.

According to some sources, the digestives doesn’t refer to settling stomachs, because of use of whole wheat flour, which contains more fibre content than other white flour biscuits. People thought that these biscuits help in keeping “regular” bowel movements.

McVities don not make any more claims about the health benefits of “Digestive Biscuits” regarding digestion.


People planning to reduce weight and to stay healthy, should avoid refined sugary carbs in cookies such as Digestives.

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