Cookies have been around for quite some time. It’s said that this popular baked dessert was first concocted in the Middle East region around the 7th century. It was a period where sugar production was becoming common in that area. Eventually it spread across Europe and then to the Americas.
Given the long history of cookies, numerous styles of preparation have naturally developed. However certain basic ingredients have remained constant. These would be fat, sugar, flour and eggs. The crispy and crumbly texture that distinguishes cookies from other baked goods is due to the fat or shortening. In the current way of making cookies, this is usually butter, margarine, vegetable oil, or any combination of the three.
These basic ingredients, together with other modern inputs like artificial food additives, make most commercial cookies a poor choice of food. Continue reading to discover the negative effects of cookies (and be sure to also check out the recommended soak times for beans, grains, legumes, nuts and rice.) Continue reading