Scones are a type of quick bread said to have originated from Scotland. The name was supposedly derived from the historical location called Stone of Destiny or Scone where kings of that country were crowned. The original scone was round and flat and it was traditionally served cut into 4 triangular pieces. The whole loaf was called bannock and the pieces were called scones.
While scones today can come in a variety of shapes, the most commonly adopted form is round. The original Scottish scone was also griddle-baked or fried rather than baked as is currently typical. Other modern modifications are the use of wheat flour (barley or oats were originally used), baking powder, various types of oils and fats for shortening, and natural or artificial flavoring.
As with most commercial baked products nowadays, store-bought scones offer a lot of empty calories and very little nutrition. This is due to the modern ingredients used to manufacture them. Continue reading to know more about the negative effects of scones (and be sure to also check out the recommended soak times for beans, grains, legumes, nuts and rice.)
Risks of Scones:
A hundred gram serving of plain scones provides around 360 calories. 36% comes from fat and 55% comes from carbohydrates. The total number of calories increases for the fancier types of store-bought scones that have additional flavoring and ingredients.
One piece of cranberry orange scone from Starbucks, for example, contains 490 calories. 33% (about 162 calories) of this comes from fat. Another product from Trader Joe’s called mini orange cranberry tea scones may have less total calories because of smaller serving size – 250 calories per piece. But despite the smaller size, 43% (108 calories) of the total calories per piece derives from fat.
Counting calories by itself does not really give you a complete picture of the health benefits or risks of a food product. At the most, it can tell you how much you can consume on a daily basis. A clearer picture can be seen when you look at the sources of those calories. Scones, whether plain or flavored, are just one of those baked goods that consistently have a high ratio of fats and carbohydrates. These two macronutrients are obviously necessary for health. But again, the benefit or risk depends on type and source.
Unfortunately for most store-bought scones, those fats are either saturated or trans fats. The more traditional method of baking uses butter which is high in saturated fatty acids. Modern methods, which aim towards mass production and longer shelf life, use partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oils (commercial vegetable oils or animal fat). Either of those types of fatty acids can be detrimental to the cardiovascular system. They raise LDL cholesterol or, in the case of trans fats, both raise LDL and lower HDL cholesterol.
The carbohydrates meanwhile come from refined white flour and processed sugar. As you may know, there’s a significant nutritional difference between whole wheat flour and refined white flour. The latter no longer has the vitamins and minerals contained in the wheat grain’s bran and germ layers. Additionally, white flour is processed with toxic or carcinogenic bleaching agents. Processed sugar suffers essentially the same fate. It has been refined to the point where it provides no other nutrients apart from simple carbohydrates. It won’t take too much sweetened scones to raise blood sugar levels and stress out the pancreas.
There are really no healthy options when it comes to commercial scone products. A nutritious version of this baked good is still possible if you make it yourself. Oat flour, honey and real pieces of fruit are just some of the ingredient substitutes you can use to modify a typical recipe.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of crackers and why you should avoid them to succeed in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the grains and legumes on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
• GMO Corn
• Soy Nuts
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