Is your daily tea and biscuits making you gain weight?

tea biscuits

Drinking tea is intricately intertwined into the fabric of our daily lives to such an extent that it’s difficult to imagine a day go by without a hot cup of tea and a tray of biscuits. Oh that moment of sheer happiness and relaxation!

Speaking of tea, everyone has his or her favourites. Some prefer ginger tea over green tea while others fawn over lemon tea. Similarly, biscuit fans have their favourites too. Children enjoy cream-filled biscuits, whereas those meant for tea dipping are usually Parle-G and Marie. No harm there really until we start counting calories consumed during these happy hours.

Tea and biscuits is not the biggest culprit for calories but if you generally like to keep a tab on your daily calorie intake then read on.

Given below is a nutrition breakdown of various types of teas and their variations:

Type of beverage Calories Fats Carbohydrates Proteins
One cup of Milk Tea with sugar 30 0.82g 4.97g 0.93g
One cup of Milk Tea without sugar 17 0.84g 1.51g 0.95g
One cup of Liquor tea 2 0g 0.76g 0.02g
One cup of Green Tea 2 0g 0.47g 0g
One cup of coffee with milk and sugar 30 0.14g 7.14g 0.31g
One cup of Coffee with Milk –no sugar 6 0.15g 0.84g 0.33g
One cup of Espresso 0 0.18g 0g 0.1g

Now after the beverage analysis we come to the calorie-heavy part – the biscuits. To make this more relatable, we have provided nutritional values of the most common and popular biscuits in the market.

Type of Biscuits Calories per biscuits Fats Carbohydrates Proteins
Britannia Marie Gold 25 0.58g 4.16g 0.5g
Sunfeast Marie Light 22 0.6g 3.81g 0.42g
Britannia Nutri choice 81 3.5g 11g 1.4g
McVities Digestive 71 3.1g 10.3g 1.1g
Hide n Seek 30 1.1g 4.5g 0.4g
Milano Choco-chip cookies 87 4.3g 11g 0.8g
Cream filled- bourbon 67 3.1g 9.2g 0.7g
Wheat Rusk 43 1g 8g 1g
Cake rusk 120 5g 16g 2g
Milk rusk 43 1g 7g 1g
Sooji Rusk 43 1g 8g 1g
Glucose- ParleG, Tiger 22 0.6g 3.6g 1.25g
Cream Crackers 39 1.2g 6.07g 0.75g
Monaco salted 15 0.68g 1.95g 0.21g

Please bear in mind that most biscuits are made from similar ingredients are not exactly a source of high nutrition. Wheat rusks are healthier than wheat biscuits, which in turn are healthier than the other biscuits. So, it simply boils down to the biscuit that is least loaded with calories.

What makes a biscuit healthy or unhealthy?

Wheat Flour: The term wheat flour mentioned in ingredients list is the refined wheat flour a.k.a. maida. These refined forms of flour barely contain any fibre. They also lose all vitamins during the processing. Due to the lack of fibre it can cause many digestive issues like constipation and irregular bowel movement leading to weight gain.

Hydrogenated fat: It is a type of trans fat, which is used during the processing of biscuits to increase their shelf life. Trans fat is known to increase bad cholesterol and decrease good cholesterol levels in the body. They also increase chances of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.

Sugar: Biscuits contain moderate to high amounts of sugar and act as empty calories. If taken in higher amounts it can cause various disorders such as obesity, diabetes, etc. It also gives sudden spike to the blood sugar levels.

In a nutshell:

  • Biscuits cannot be low on calories, because two out of three major ingredients are extremely calorific with little to no nutritional benefits.
  • Biscuits are not a good source of fibre. In fact, one serving of fruit provides as much fibre as a biscuit, but with negligible calories.
  • Biscuits that are high in sugar and low on nutrition can harm your body when taken in excess and at wee hours of the day.
  • Avoid eating biscuits after a heavy workout session because muscles of the body are usually tired after exercising and need something nutritious.

Interesting Fact: Britannia Marie Gold says, 1 pack of Marie Gold contains the same amount of protein as a glass of milk. But one pack of Marie Gold contains 616 calories, whereas 1 glass of low fat milk is about 60-80 calorie with added health benefits. Now you can decide your own source of protein.