A digestive biscuit, sometimes described as a sweet-meal biscuit, is a semi-sweet biscuit (sometimes referred as a "cookie") that originated in Scotland, and is popular worldwide. The digestive was first developed in 1839 by two Scottish doctors to aid digestion at a place called Logie Steading in Forres.The term "digestive" is derived from the belief that they had antacid properties due to the use of sodium bicarbonate when they were first developed. Historically, some producers used diastatic malt extract to "digest" some of the starch that existed in flour prior to baking.
First manufactured in 1892, McVitie's digestive is the best-selling biscuit in the UK. A prominent feature in British culture, the digestive is ranked the fourth most popular biscuit for "dunking" into tea, with the chocolate digestive coming in at number one.
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