We’ve told you how biscuits are not healthy and can promote fat storage. But then there are those biscuits called healthy biscuits- like wheat biscuits, high fiber biscuits, etc. So, we decided to find out two things. First, if these wheat, high fiber biscuits are really healthier than normal biscuit cousins, and which among them are the healthiest: Britannia Marie Gold, Sunfeast Marie Lite, Britannia NutriChoice and McVities (the original)
All biscuits had very similar ingredients. Britannia Marie Gold was the lowest calorie count at 441 calories per 100 gm. This was slightly lower calorie count than Sunfeast Marie Lite. Highest fiber is Britannia NutriChoice- at 6 gm per every 100 gm, but had a high calorie count of 487 calories and double the fat content of the Marie biscuits.
Honestly, it was a tight race In general, biscuits aren’t exactly source of high nutrition. Clearly wheat biscuits are healthier than normal biscuits (or chocolate biscuits), so it was more a question of which wheat biscuits are the least harmful.
Britannia Marie Gold has the lowest calorie count, its also fortified with vitamins (A, D, B, E) and calcium. Though, we did like flavour of McVities
Interesting observation: Britannia Marie Gold says, 1 pack of Marie Gold contains the same amount of protein of 1 glass of milk. But one pack of Marie Gold contains 616 calories, whereas 1 glass of low fat milk is about 60-80 calorie. You decide your protein source
Below is the nutrition information of healthiest wheat biscuits in India (Note: All nutritional facts are per 100 gms of each product):
Britannia Marie Gold: 441 calories- 76.5 gm carbohydrates (27 gm sugar), 8 gm protein, 11.5 gm fat (5 gm saturated fat, 5 gm unsaturated fat), 48.6 mg calcium, Vitamin A 880 mcg, Vitamin D 5.8 mcg, Vitamin E 17.6 mg, Vit B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid.
Ingredients: Wheat flour (58%), sugar, edible vegetable oil, milk solids, invert syrup, butter
Sunfeast Marie Lite: 446 calories- 76.3 gm carbohydrates (19.2 gm sugar), 8.4 gm protein, 11.9 gm fat (5.8 saturated, 6.1 unsaturated), 3.4 gm fiber, 0 cholesterol
Ingredients: wheat flour (66%), sugar, edible vegetable oil, wheat fiber (0.13%)
Britannia NutriChoice (high fiber digestive): 487 calories- 58 gm carbohydrates (15 gm sugar), 7.5 gm protein, 25 gm fat (12 gm saturated fat, 12 gm unsaturated fat), 6 gm dietary fiber, 0 transfats, 0 cholesterol.
Ingredients: wheat flour (41%), edible vegetable oil, whole wheat flour (19%), sugar, wheat bran (4.5%)
McVities (the original digestive): 478 calories- 6.7 protein, 63.4 carbohydrates (16 gm sugar), fat 21.9 gm (10.4 sat), 3.4 gm fiber
Ingredients: Wheat flour (56%), vegetable oil, sugar, whole meal (13%)