Comedian feels 'violated' after discovering how Digestives got name

Comedian says he feels ‘violated’ after discovering Digestive biscuits got their name because they contain a ‘laxative’

  • Scottish comedian Gary Meikle shared bizarre realisation about biscuit on TikTok
  • Admitted he’d never given name Digestives a second thought until American girlfriend asked him where it came from and he looked at ingredients
  •  Discovered they were developed to help with the aid of the digestive system  

A man has claimed he feels ‘violated’ after learning how Digestive biscuits got their name.

Scottish comedian Gary Meikle, from Glasgow, took part in a current TikTok trend which asks users to share something that is completely ‘normal’ in their country but would be considered ‘weird’ elsewhere in the world.

Sharing a video on his profile, Gary shared his recent realisation about the popular biscuits – and left dozens of fellow British users reeling.

He admitted he’d never given the name Digestives a second thought until his American girlfriend asked him where it came from and demanded he look at the ingredients.

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Scottish comedian Gary Meikle, from Glasgow, took part in a current TikTok trend which asks users to share something that is completely ‘normal’ in their country but would be considered ‘weird’ elsewhere in the world

In the clip, which has racked up more than three million views and 867,500 likes, Gary explained: ‘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.

‘So, essentially we have been eating biscuits that help make us s***.’

Sharing a video on his profile , Gary shared his recent realisation about the popular biscuits – and left dozens of fellow British users reeling

He went on: ‘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*** biscuit?!’ 

Many TikTok users were equally stunned by his revelation, with one commenting: ‘I will never look at a Digestive the same again.’

Another remarked: ‘I once ate too many in one sitting and absolutely discovered the accuracy of this.’

And one admitted: ‘This means my whole life I thought I had a sensitivity to wheat.’

‘I’m in England and I had no idea… I feel violated too,’ wrote another, though some pointed out it’s ‘common sense’ given the name of the biscuit.

Many TikTok users were equally stunned by his revelation, though some pointed out it’s ‘common sense’ given the name of the biscuit

Digestives are commonly associated with the brand McVities, however the company didn’t develop its popular recipe for them until 1892. 

The first ever digestive biscuits were indeed developed by two Scottish doctors in 1839 to aid digestion, as Gary explained. 

However, a dietician claims the ingredients in Digestives aren’t likely to give you an urge to go to the toilet, but the bicarbonate could technically act as an antacid if you have heartburn.

Catherine Brennan told cookinglight.com: ‘Exactly how much bicarbonate these biscuits contain is a mystery.’

She went on to explain that the only ingredient in Digestives that could do what the name suggests is wholewheat flour because it contains fibre, which contributes to a healthy gut microbiome and helps to keep people regular.

Catherine added that Digestives aren’t harmful to your health if eaten in moderation, but ‘won’t miraculously improve your digestion’. 

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