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Biscuit & its Calories

Biscuits are a commonly accepted mid-day snack and tea time snack. A lot of people will call an evening cuppa incomplete if the biscuit component is missing. Most households have a tin of biscuits to match everyone’s tastes, the saltier the better for some and the sweeter the better for others. The whole grain variety is now catching on and there are more and more varieties every time you go to the store. Biscuits are popular because of the sheer variety that they offer and the fact that they are available at various price points. Some people even say biscuits are healthy. What are the calories in biscuits? Are they really healthy; even the whole grain kind? 

Biscuits typically use a lot of butter in their making and that is what makes them high in calories, besides the main fact that they are made from refined flour. Even 1 biscuit’s calories can really dent a blow to your weight loss endeavours. 

Some types of biscuits also use chocolate chunks, chocolate sauce filling, jam, fresh cream, sugared bits of fruits (tutti frutti)and a lot of them use large amounts of sugar. Some favourites might instead use a lot of salt. The whole grain variety also often uses a lot of sugar, salt and other ingredients that will make them move off the shelves at a faster rate. Rice cookies are the latest, but rice is high in calories and that makes rice cookies no better. In all likelihood, the better the cookie tastes, the higher the amount of butter in it. 

Also, it is a bit of a challenge to zero in on the exact amount of calories in biscuits because each biscuit manufacturer uses a different recipe. However, we will at least provide you with ballpark figures right through this blog. 

How Many Calories Does Biscuit Have?

Should you be concerned about the calories in one biscuit? Well, assuming that 1 biscuit weighs about 25 to 100 grams, you are getting about 90 to 360 calories per biscuit. 

The calories in 2 biscuits that one person would normally eat with a cup of tea totals 180 to over 700 calories with just that one little snack. 

The calories in 4 biscuits and more call for serious exercise unless you are underweight and trying to gain weight (and even then, surely there are healthier ways). 

Quantity 

Calories 

1 biscuit (25 to 100 grams)

90-360 calories 

2 biscuits (of 25 to 100 grams each)

180 to 720 calories 

Calories in Common Food Items with Biscuit

A lot of items might add biscuits to it, particularly the DIY cakes and no-bake baked goods that you see on social media today. You can take a tally of exactly how many calories are going into these items by using our measures provided above - however, a more foolproof way is to look at the nutritional values given on the packaging. Not the front of the packaging, but the back, where the manufacturer is supposed to (as per the law) be completely honest about ingredients and nutritional values due to health implications. Note that manufacturers are allowed to say “for weight loss”  or “zero added sugar” in their advertising, and the front of the packaging can contain such claims, but the reverse of your packet of biscuits has all the honest answers you need. 

Calories in common types of biscuits 

Bourbon type 

6700

Cream Cracker 

3400

Cream filling 

6400

Digestive biscuits 

7000 

Light crackers 

3100

Health Benefits of Eating Biscuit

Not bad, unless you overdo it

We have various types of biscuits available in the market today - glucose biscuits, high fibre biscuits, and so on. Although these biscuits are good for your health, consuming too many of them is not the ideal thing to do.

Choose wisely

If you frequently munch on biscuits but are looking to improve your health and reduce your consumption of maida and sugar, you can look at whole grains or nuts as seeds as an alternative to eating biscuits. 

Don't fall for gimmicks

Store-bought protein bars and granola are no different from biscuits in terms of their sugar content  (as you’ll discover when you read the reverse of their packaging). You can try to make cookies at home with nuts, seeds and whole grains.

How Many Biscuits Should You Consume Every Day?

When it comes to biscuits, the calories per piece are enough for most people to say goodbye to them altogether - except for certain cheat days of the course. After all, you only live once. Keep cheat days to the minimum, however, and if you must have a biscuit with your chai, try and choose one that is minimal in its contribution to calories -Visit a nearby supermarket that sells a whole variety of biscuits, read the reverse of packaging and make the right choice. Alternatively, some online grocers also let you read the reverse of packaging or nutritional information in the product descriptions. 

Conclusion

Say no to biscuits and other high sugar, high refined flour items to keep your health at optimal levels. Just realised that the clock is ticking and that you’re on the other side of 40 and that you should take care of your health to safeguard your health and your family’s future? Or did all that lockdown eating result in you getting a hard reality check at your last round of tests? Either way, eat healthy, keep up annual checkups and yes, get health insurance as a means to securing your health and eliminating financial stress in the event of a hospitalisation crisis. Choose from among the best health insurance plans at Bajaj MARKETS. 

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FAQs on Biscuits Calories

  • ✔️What are diet biscuits?

    Many biscuits sold are diet biscuits. Surely these have less calories

    It is unlikely because of the process used to make biscuits. Check the reverse of packaging (look for the nutritional information table - if there are two, read both) to confirm.

     

  • ✔️What makes biscuits unhealthy?

    Biscuits are made from refined flour and butter. These are the most basic ingredients. Sugar, salt, chocolate flakes and other “innovations” are added in for product diversity.

  • ✔️ Is it okay to give children biscuits?

    As long as children are not overdoing it and are not overweight (and are not replacing meals with biscuits), they are likely to burn all the calories they get from biscuits, so yes.

  • ✔️Why are diabetics not allowed biscuits?

    There is almost always added sugar and refined flour in biscuits and these are pretty much poison for diabetics.

  • ✔️Are whole grain biscuits any better?

    It is unlikely that any biscuits are made without any refined flour and without added sugar.