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Are cornbread or biscuits better for you?
In terms of which is "better" for you, that would depend on the exact recipe being used.  When made commercially, both biscuits and cornbread tend to contain a generous amount of fat.
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Yum, love them both!  In terms of which is "better" for you, that would depend on the exact recipe being used.  When made commercially, both biscuits and cornbread tend to contain a generous amount of fat.  Both usually call for butter or shortening (high in fat and saturated fat, and in the case of shortening, hydrogenated fat), although we've seen recipes that use olive oil (we like that).  Other factors relating to healthfulness are the amount of sodium (again, this will vary by recipe) and whether the milk or buttermilk (used in biscuits) is whole or low-fat.  And finally, although biscuits can be made with whole wheat flour, you don't tend to find whole wheat biscuits in restaurants. All things being equal and without specific nutrition information, we might give the edge in healthfulness to cornbread, because of corn being a whole grain.  Additionally, because both biscuits and cornbread tend to be rich, keep portion size in mind: have only one or even half, and don't top with added butter!