Man ‘feels violated’ after looking up origin of digestive biscuits onlineFebruary 15, 2021
Ever wondered why digestive biscuits are called digestives? The clue is in the name.
Stand up comedian Gary Meikle, who lives in Glasgow, was flabbergasted when he made the realisation.
After his American girlfriend Googled the biccies, the couple realised where the “digestion” label comes from.
In a TikTok video that’s been viewed millions of times, the comic said: "In Scotland, it's normal to eat biscuits called digestives, never even thought about the name before.
"However, my American girlfriend has just informed me that that is not normal and she demanded to read the ingredients.
"I've just Googled it and it turns out in 1839 two Scottish doctors developed these to help with the aid of the digestive system because they've got sodium bicarbonate in them, which is a laxative.”
Gary continued: "So, essentially we have been eating biscuits that help make us s**t…
"I feel violated. Why were we not taught this back in school during home economics? Like, am I the only Scottish person that didn't know this was a s**t biscuit?!"
TikTok users were equally gobsmacked by the realisation.
One responder admitted: “I’d never even questioned why they were called digestives.”
Another said: “I will never look at a digestive in the same way again.”
A third wrote: “Mate I’ll put back a whole packet and never wondered why I needed to go to the loo. WTF.”
And a fourth laughed: “I once ate too many in one sitting and discovered the accuracy of this.”
So do you actually have to worry about rushing to the toilet after gobbling a packet of digestives? Probably not, although it’s not likely to be the healthiest idea.
Dietician Catherine Brennan adds that you shouldn’t use the biscuits to sort out any digestion problems you may be having.
We’d recommend seeing a doctor instead (and save your biccy eating for fun).
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