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Behind The Popularity Of The Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

The oatmeal raisin cookie is the icon of the Baby Boom generation, especially those who came of age in the ’60s, when the previously alien concept of health food started to infiltrate the public consciousness. People started looking for ways to add fiber and grains into their diets, and the thought that a cookie could help with that was an nearly irresistible lure.

And unlike many health claims that came out of the original health food craze, this one really has some facts to back it up. There were dozens of foods that were touted as being excellent for everything from your heart to your charkas, the mystical energy centers of the body, and over time most of them have been either disproved or at least damped down. Such crazes continue to today, although they are more likely to be sparked over a new drug or herbal tablet that has a higher profit potential than over something anyone can make at home.

Let’s start with the oatmeal. If you’ve seen Wilford Brimley lately, you’ve heard his claims about the health benefits attributable to oatmeal. The thing is, they’re right. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which carries any number of health benefits. It helps your digestive system, helping protect you from any … unpleasant consequences from your occasional overindulgence in greasy foods. Fiber has also been linked to improved heart health and even to a lowering of terrible cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.

Oatmeal also takes a while to digest, so a couple of cookies make a snack that will stick with you and prevent a recurrence of the hunger munchies.

Raisins are small bundles of excellent stuff on their own. They, like their undried grape form, are packed with phenols, powerful antioxidants that protect the body and are believed to be cancer preventers. Also, despite the fact that they are sticky and sweet, raisins really help prevent tooth decay. One of their phytochemicals kills the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

So eat your cookies … they’re excellent for you! Find your favorite oatmeal raisin cookie recipe and get started.

Ann Marie Krause has been making cookies for over 30 years, at persent I am retired, for over 23 years I owned a Gourmet Bakery called The Cheese Confectioner.You can visit my site at annsgoodies.com annsgoodies.com

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