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Are Milanos Bad For You?

Also Known As: Milano cookies



Short answer

Milano cookies are bad for you. They are highly processed and can result in a wide range of negative effects when regularly consumed.



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Long answer

As with most process snack foods, Milano cookies are not good for you. They contain 110 calories in one serving – which is 2 cookies, two… who can eat just two of these small cookies? Along with these calories, there are 6 grams of total fat of which 2.5 grams are saturated fats. They also contain a good deal of sugar. One serving contains about 7 grams, which is equal to a teaspoon and a half.

It’s important to limit the amounts of saturated fats in your diet because of the negative effects they can impose on your body. Consumed excessively, saturated effects can raise LDL cholesterol (the "bad" kind) leading to an increased risk of heart disease.

Milanos contain 7 grams of sugar in just one serving of cookies – so what, right? Well, sugar can be more damaging to your body than you realize. It is recommended that women consume less than 20 grams or 5 teaspoons of sugar per day. Aside from the obvious tooth decay and obesity that can occur from sugar overload, there are other very serious conditions that sugar promotes including diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Sugar also feeds the bad gut bacteria like Candida which can cause a slew of health problems in the gut and brain due to gut bacteria imbalance.

Some ingredients of concern found in Milano cookies include hydrogenated oils, soy lecithin, and natural flavors. They also contain some major common allergens including soy, wheat, eggs and milk.

An interesting (yet disturbing) fact about hydrogenated oils is, after processing, they are only one molecule away from having the same molecular structure as plastic. After consuming hydrogenated oils, your blood thickens, raising your blood pressure as your heart has to work much harder to pump blood throughout the body. This also prevents the blood from entering smaller arteries in the brain and can impair cognitive ability. In the long-term, this can lead to degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

It is also imperative to recognize that soy lecithin is chemically extracted from soy plants and are most likely genetically modified. Aside from the many negative health effects of GMOs, soy contains phytoestrogens and is a common allergen.

Possible short-term side effects

  • allergic reaction
  • digestive issues
  • thickened blood
  • increased blood pressure

Possible long-term side effects

  • increased ldl cholesterol
  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • tooth decay
  • gut bacteria imbalance
  • degenerative brain disease

Ingredients to be aware of

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Written by Kristin Brown, DC, MS
Published on: 08-08-2016
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by Kristin Brown, DC, MS
Published on: 08-08-2016
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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