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McVitie's Digestive (biscuit) - Reviewed

McVitie's Digestive (biscuit) - Reviewed

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McVitie's Digestive (biscuit)

The label reads - whole wheat at its heart, high fiber wheat biscuits, meets 20% of dietary fiber need, no artificial colors or flavors, no trans fats, zero cholesterol.  The words 'heart', 'trans fat', 'fiber' and 'cholesterol' always attract consumers.

At Rs 10/- per packet you wouldn't bat an eyelid before picking it up.  At tea time, it's easy to down a couple of biscuits (they are crisp and taste good!) and think that the fiber in the biscuit is going to protect your heart!

The nutrition label gives a different story.

  • 2 biscuits would give you about 3.5 g of fat, out of which 50% is saturated fat.  If you are allowed 15 g of fat in a day, 20% of the allowance has gone down in 2 biscuits alone. 
  • Fiber content of 2 biscuits is 1 g.  This is not 20% of the day's requirements.  However, if you ate 100 g of the biscuit (more than 1 full packet), your fiber need will meet 20% but the fat intake also will increase to 22 g.  Tricky isn't it??
  • Whole wheat flour is mixed with maida to make the biscuit, but in all fairness, it's difficult to make a biscuit using whole wheat flour alone. 
  • Since the ingredients are all plant-based, there would be no cholesterol in the biscuit anyways, but the claim 'zero cholesterol' makes it attractive.  

I would think twice before picking it up.