Are Banana Oatmeal Cookies Healthy
Adding bananas to oatmeal cookies recipe seems like the most popular way of enhancing the nutritional value of these tasty treats. Bananas - the oddly shaped fruits are known for their nutritional and medicinal benefits. But, can these fruits handle the cooking process involved in preparing banana oatmeal cookies or do we lose all the nutrients to heat and air, ending up with nothing but a sugary mash! Read on to find out…
Nutritional composition of banana oatmeal cookies
Banana oatmeal cookies are quite the “in thing” among the health conscious groups and several commercial cookie brands have their own versions of “healthy banana oatmeal cookies.” However, there is no standardization of the recipe used to prepare these treats making it difficult to give an absolute nutritional composition of these cookies. Hence, here is the nutrient break up of one of the popular commercially available oatmeal and banana cookie…
Total calories – 100kcal
Total fat – 7 gm
Saturated fat – 1 gm
Total carbohydrates – 15 gm
Sugar – 4 gm
Dietary fiber – 2 gm
Protein – 1.5 gm
Sodium – 65 mg
The calcium and iron content of the cookies can vary from 1% to 2% and depending upon the extent of fortification, these cookies may contain up to 2% Vitamin C.
Health benefits of banana oatmeal cookies:
- Both oatmeal and bananas are a rich source of dietary fiber – both soluble and insoluble. Combined consumption of these foods is known to promote GI health, prevent constipation and enhance satiety value.
- These cookies provide good amounts of potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. These are cardio-protective in nature. Thus, consumption of banana oatmeal cookies might prevent CVD risk.
- The combination of bananas and oats are purported to help cure nicotine addiction.
- Bananas are rich in free sugars, making it a highly sweet fruit. Adding banana mash to cookie recipe is a perfect way to reduce the refined sugar content of the treat.
- Nutrients like tryptophan, direct glucose, and Vitamin B6 help reduce depressive symptoms and give relief from PMS.
Disadvantages of eating bananas oatmeal cookies:
Bananas and oatmeal are just 2 of the several ingredients used to prepare oatmeal cookies. Usually white flour, some form of fat, and at least a small quantity of sugar are needed along with other food additives to prepare cookies. Even though, the principle elements are surely teeming with nutrients, the same cannot be said about the other ingredients. Refined flour and sugar increase the glycemic index, while the fat increases the calorie value of the dish. These ingredients are typically low in fiber and high in empty calories.
Apart from this, addition of additives like baking powder and cooking at high baking temperatures further degrades several nutrients present in uncooked bananas and oatmeal.
To conclude, bananas sure don’t retain all their vital properties at the end of the baking process. However, what few nutrients are left is good enough to make banana oatmeal cookies healthy. Moreover, due to the natural sweetness of the fruit, one can easily cut down on the refined sugar content of the cookies, making them all the more wholesome. However, one needs to be wary of the commercial cookies, which are filled with refine carbs – these only serve your taste buds and derail you off your diet regime.