A new trend on TikTok has seen people sharing the things that are completely “normal” in their own country, but would be considered “weird” elsewhere in the world.
Stand up comedian Gary Meikle, made a video in response to this craze and his answer has left people in the UK reeling.
Meikle, who lives in Glasgow, explained how many of us regularly eat biscuits called digestives, but despite doing this for years, he never once stopped to think about the meaning behind the name.
However, his American girlfriend recently pointed out to him that this wasn’t normal and demanded to look at the ingredients in the snack.
In the clip, which has garnered more than three million views, he says: “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**t.”
He added: “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**t biscuit?!”
Most commonly digestive biscuits are associated with McVities, although they didn’t develop their popular recipe for them until 1892.
The first-ever digestives were developed as Meikle said, in 1839 by two Scottish doctors and they were reportedly intended to aid digestion.
But can the biscuits really help you poop?
It’s unlikely, according to a registered dietician.
Speaking to cookinglight.com, dietician Catherine Brennan claimed that the ingredients in the biscuits are unlikely to make you rush to the toilet, but the bicarbonate could technically act as an antacid if you were experiencing heartburn.
“Though exactly how much bicarbonate these biscuits contain is a mystery,” she admitted.
Brennan added that the only ingredient in the biscuits that could possibly help aid digestion is whole wheat flour, as this is known to contain fibre, which keeps people regular and contributes to a healthy gut microbiome.
She summarised by saying that eating digestives “won’t miraculously improve your digestion” and they aren’t harmful to your health – if consumed in moderation.
Despite this, many TikTok users still had their mind blown by the history of the biscuit as they’d also never thought too much about the name’s significance before.
One person replied: “I’m in England and I had no idea… I feel violated too.”
Another said: “I’ve never even questioned why they were called digestives.”
“I will never look at a digestive the same again,” proclaimed a third.
Others weren’t bothered by the information, with someone else writing: “Digestives slap tho.”
“Guess who’s still gonna eat them,” replied a different user.