· By Kenneth Lin
Are Cookies Healthy? Why They Don’t Have To Be, and How Ours Still Are! - BOOP Bakery
Of all the yummy sweets you can sink your teeth into, cookies reign supreme.
In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to come across someone who can avoid a freshly baked cookie’s enticing nostalgic scent. Like a siren drawing in a sailor with her sweet voice, cookies appeal to us all — and when one calls with its amazing aroma, it’s hard to pass up.
Are we upset about this? No. Do we avoid cookies when they lure us in? Also no.
That said, if you’re on a mission to upgrade your life by making healthier choices, there’s a pretty good chance that cookies will fall to the wayside — unless, of course, you make it a BOOP.
Read on to discover all there is to know about cookies and their healthiness. We’ll also give you the scoop on all things BOOP.
Are Cookies Good for You?
This is a tricky question.
For one thing, cookies can help serve as a pick-me-up if you have a case of the afternoon slumps. Need a quick boost of energy? Look no further than a soul-warming cookie! Cookies baked with whole-grain flour or oats can provide a nutritious source of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. Together, these macronutrients can help stabilize your metabolism, providing a much-needed boost of energy.
However, cookies can have some downsides too — especially if it’s the traditional ol’ butter, sugar, and flour type of cookie.
Cookies May Hinder Weight Management
This one shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise, but it’s still important to keep in mind. If you’re chowing down on tons of cookies regularly, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll see the number on the scale go up.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having a little extra fluff around the middle, but if washboard abs are what you’re after, you’ll likely want to limit the number of sweet treats you eat — especially the processed stuff that contains high-fructose corn syrup.
According to experts, high fructose corn syrup doesn’t only promote obesity, but it can increase your appetite, too.
That said, while one sweet treat a day isn’t going to completely derail your fitness goals, it’s really easy to eat more than one cookie at a time, and sooner rather than later, noshing on quite a few throughout the day could lead to unwanted pounds.
Traditional Cookies Aren’t Filling
A big problem with cookies is that they aren’t very filling, often leaving you hungry shortly after enjoying one. This is because they typically lack fiber — an essential nutrient that provides bulk and helps you feel full longer. Eating a fiber-rich diet can also help combat your risk of developing certain medical issues, so incorporating more fiber into your life can only make it better.
So, how much fiber is in a single serving of cookies? Usually less than one gram — unless you’re noshing on a BOOP!
Unlike other sweet treats, you’ll find wholesome fiber-rich ingredients in our cookies, such as whole grain oats, dates, and flax seeds. In fact, in just one cookie, you’ll fuel your body with 3 grams of sustainable fiber to keep you full and happy throughout the day.
But that’s not all — BOOP cookies also provide 2 grams of energy-boosting protein and absolutely nothing artificial.
Many Cookies Contain Questionable Ingredients
Have you ever flipped to the back of a pre-packaged cookie to read what ingredients it contains? If you haven’t, we’ll enlighten you: processed foods — such as store-bought cookies — are often full of refined grains, white sugar, salt, and trans fats, all of which can eventually have negative impacts on your health and wellness. Not to mention all the artificial junk, like aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin.
In short, pre-packaged cookies are typically full of harmful preservatives and additives that are best to be avoided. So if you’re on a mission to achieve overall health, eating this stuff is not the way to go.
Refined Sugar Can Be Addictive
If you feel like conventional cookies reel you in and don’t let go, there’s a reason for that. Research shows that refined sugar can actually have addictive effects — in other words, too much sugar can leave you hooked. From mood changes to cravings and binging, a sugar dependency can leave you feeling less-than-ideal if you go cold turkey — but constantly giving in to your sugar cravings won’t necessarily do you any favors, either.
According to experts, the best way to break your sugar cravings is to focus on nutritious and filling meals, and stay aware of hidden refined sugars in your diet. So, if you’re trying to quit your sugar habits, some ol’ butter-and-sugar homemade cookies might not be the best thing to reach for… but a wholesome Oatmeal Cranberry BOOP can serve as a great alternative!
Many Cookies Are Full of Allergens
Unfortunately, the list doesn’t end at additives and refined sugars — many conventional cookies are also chock-full of allergens. We’re talking dairy, soy, gluten… you name it, and at least one of your go-to cookies probably has it.
Here at BOOP, we do things a little differently. In our Oatmeal Cranberry cookies, you won’t find gluten, soy, dairy, wheat, or corn — but you will find dates, organic chia seeds, and organic flax seeds, instead.
Do Cookies Have To Be Healthy?
Here’s the thing — eating too much of anything can inevitably lead to some health consequences, and this rule applies to cookies, too.
Moderation is key for a healthy diet, and the good news is that moderation doesn’t mean you need to cut all of your favorite treats — it just calls you to stay aware of how many of those treats you might be enjoying.
If cookies bring you joy, warm your soul, and leave a smile on your face and satisfaction in your stomach, they don’t need to be the healthiest thing in the world — especially if you’re a moderation master. In fact, we’re on a mission to free cookies from the jar, and we hope you’ll join us.
Are BOOP Cookies Healthy?
Fortunately for those who live, breathe and eat cookies, we have BOOP — the whenever, wherever, whyever cookie. If you’re ready to enjoy your cookies without a tall, cold glass of guilt, we can help with that.
Subtly sweet with just a tinge of tart, these must-have morsels are thoughtfully elevated versions of the oatmeal raisin cookie. And the best part? BOOP cookies are baked without the butter and sugar, and instead with wholesome, nutritious ingredients to help you feel your best — guilt-free.
In fact, with dates, chia seeds, flax seeds, and oat bran, we’d like to think our Oatmeal Cranberry BOOPs are the cookie equivalent of instant oatmeal in the world of breakfast foods.
The Bottom Line With BOOP
Traditional cookies bought from the store typically lack the nutrients needed to nourish the body. BOOP cookies, on the other hand, are baked with only the best of the best ingredients to bring you deliciously soft cookies that taste homemade — but are also good for you.
Here at BOOP Bakery, we believe cookies are better off in our bellies than locked away in a jar. That’s why we set out to bake a craveable cookie that’s easy to enjoy — just for the BOOP of it!
So whether you’re a cookie fiend like us or simply on the hunt for a yummy grab-and-go snack that doesn’t taste like cardboard, look no further than a wherever, whenever, whyeverBOOP.
BOOP Bakery™ believes cookies are better off enjoyed than locked away in a cookie jar. BOOP created a line of soft-baked cookies that allow health-conscious consumers and cookie connoisseurs alike to indulge without the guilt that comes with most processed sweets and treats. BOOP set out to bake delicious cookies everyone can freely enjoy any time of day, proving no moment is too small for a BOOP!
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