Why I don’t eat cookies and coffee for dinner anymore
The new trend of eating commercial cookies and commercial baked goods has a lot of potential for health benefits, according to a new report.
Researchers at the University of Michigan found that consuming commercial cookies with butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon, a popular ingredient in cookies, can help lower cholesterol and boost blood pressure.
Commercial baking ingredients are typically high in sugar and other additives, but there is evidence that some commercial baked products, like cookies and candy, can be more healthy than traditional ones.
“While commercial cookies have the potential to be a healthier snack than cookies baked by people who bake at home, the scientific literature on these products is mixed,” study author Michael R. Durbin, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, said in a statement.
“Most studies that have examined their nutritional effects have focused on the effect on blood pressure, while there is not enough data to determine the health benefits of commercial baking.”
The new research adds to the growing body of evidence that commercial baked foods, like those made with flour and water, may be a better option than other commercial foods for healthy weight loss, according the researchers.
“Commercial baked goods have more fat, calories and cholesterol than conventional baked goods, which may result in lower fat and cholesterol outcomes,” the researchers wrote.
“However, these commercial baked items are also made from ingredients that are commonly found in the diet and therefore are not typically consumed by consumers.”
Durbin and his colleagues analyzed data from more than 200,000 people who participated in a nationally representative study that assessed weight loss and other health outcomes after consuming commercial baked and non-commercial cookies and baked goods.
The participants were randomly assigned to a group of people who ate commercial cookies, and the researchers analyzed the results from the study to determine which baked goods were the most effective.
In the study, participants who ate a commercial cookie at least once a day lost more weight than those who did not.
For example, those who ate the commercial cookies at least twice a week lost more than those participants who did NOT eat commercial cookies.
The researchers also found that people who were on a diet high in processed foods were at a higher risk of obesity, and those who were more active were at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
“While most of the evidence on the health effects of commercial baked or commercial baked food has focused on blood-pressure effects, we know that the commercial baked/candy category is also at high risk of contributing to increased weight gain,” Durbine said in the statement.
“The potential benefits of these foods in the general population are important to consider as the industry begins to explore these potential benefits.”
The researchers found that the number of commercial cookies consumed per day was associated with the number and type of baked items consumed, with commercial cookies containing more calories and sugar and more fat and sodium.
They also found a stronger relationship between the type of cookie and the type and amount of baked food eaten.
“Our findings suggest that the consumption of commercial foods can have health benefits for weight loss in a variety of settings, including in individuals on diets low in processed carbohydrates, with low-carbohydrate diets and those with metabolic syndrome,” Duffin said.