Chocolate chip cookies are arguably the best mistake that has ever been made; they were invented by accident by Ruth Graves Wakefield around 1938. She cooked all the food for the Toll House Inn, which she and her husband owned, and she was known for her delicious desserts. One day she used a semisweet chocolate bar instead of baker’s chocolate to make cookies, and the chocolate bar did not completely melt to mix into the batter, which left them as softened chocolate chunks in the cookie. The chocolate bar she used was a gift from Andrew Nestle, who worked for the food company Nestlé, so as her Toll House chocolate chip cookies became more and more popular, Nestlé started selling more of their semi-sweet chocolate bars. Ruth eventually sold the recipe to Nestlé, and in return, she got a lifetime supply of Nestlé chocolate.
My go-to sweet comfort food is chocolate chip cookies because they remind me of my family. Ever since I can remember, my grandma has made the perfect chocolate chip cookies. These cookies are outstanding because they contain so much butter, so much sugar, and so many chocolate chips. This makes them extremely unhealthy, so I save them for special occasions or for when I am completely overwhelmed with school.
However, there are ways to make chocolate chip cookies healthier, and this recipe is a great example of how to make them healthier. The first change this recipe makes is using powdered oats instead of flour. This provides significant benefits because oats and whole grains have been proven to lower the risk of coronary heart disease and provides protection against ischemic stroke, diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity, and premature death, which James Anderson discusses in his article for the American Society for Clinical Nutrition. Next, the recipe uses dark chocolate chips, which has healthier fats than semi-sweet chocolate. The final important swap is using coconut oil instead of butter. While it is still high in saturated fat, research conducted by Ray Schilling discusses coconut oil’s antibiotic properties and shows reduced heart attack rates with regular consumption.
Chocolate chip cookies have never been as great for a healthy diet as now. Keeping little adjustments like these in mind when making or ordering food is a crucial part of eating well to maintain your physical health while also eating deliciously to maintain your emotional health.
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Anderson, James W. “Whole Grains and Coronary Heart Disease: The Whole Kernel of Truth.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 80, no. 6 (December 1, 2004): 1459–60.
Schilling, Ray. “Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil,” September 5, 2015. http://www.askdrray.com/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/.