7 responses

  1. jyoti
    May 19, 2010

    hi sanjana, i am a new reader of ur articles…and already a fan :)

    i want to know about the original digestive biscuits like McVities. what do they consist? is it equally harmful? etc…

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      May 20, 2010


      check the ingredients. If it says wheat flour, then it is maida which is bad for health while the second ingredients is sugar, then it is really high in bad carbs…Reading ingredients are the key to good health.

  2. Suresh
    March 23, 2011

    Good article. The common ingreditents in biscuits and other industrial foods include:

    Maida, Sugar, Refined veg oils(i.e High heat and pressure treatment+chemical bleaching+deodorizing+synthetic antioxidants+anti-foaming agents= a nutritionally dead product which is then sometimes hydrogenated to create trans fats), Liquid glucose, Invert syrup, Golden syrup(all three will send blood sugar levels for a toss), Artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup(popular in the US), Added colours(chemicals), Added flavours(chemicals), chemical raising agents, chemical emulsifiers, preservatives, lot of refined salt.

    The bulk of industrial food is devoid of nutrition.

  3. nitin wadhwa
    April 23, 2011

    one more question? i am so thin my height 5″ft and my weight is 65 my friends are so fat there height 5″ft and weight is 55 why??? They were fatter but no weight

  4. Samir
    November 11, 2011

    Nice article Sanjana. I have 2 more questions for you:

    1. Is it possible to make biscuits with aata then? (instead of maida)

    2. Why is maida unhealthy?

  5. Prashant shrivastava
    January 11, 2012

    .Ya..its possible to make biscuit..wid whole wheat flour…by makng its soft dough…follow d instruction .maida is unhealthy..because it has no fiber at all so it get stick wid ur villi of ur intestine..villi is finger like structure which absorb nutrition from our food.so when maida get stick with villi it reduce the absorbtion of nutritient thus maida is nt gud..

  6. Shalini
    September 17, 2012

    I have been eating Ditbik biscuits for last 2 years now, they are made of actual whole wheat and 65% bran. They are very filling and at times when I am running short of them I just cannot have any other biscuits now as others as Sanjana pointed out are made of maida.

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