Healthy Crackers?

I looked high and low for some “healthy crackers” at Kroger.  Over in the frou-frou section, I found these.  Look at all the buzzwords!

  • Organic (6x)
  • Stoneground
  • Wheat Flour
  • Safflower Oil
  • Whole Wheat Flakes
  • Brown Flax Seed
  • Sea Salt
  • Nature/Natural
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • No Hydrogenated Oils

Back to Nature Crackers

We learned in nutrition class that you tell whether a food is healthy or not from the nutrition facts panel and the ingredients list rather than the buzzwords on the front.  The general rule is to look at the first item in the ingredients list.  Because ingredients are listed in order of quantity, the food item contains more of the first ingredient than anything else.  If the first ingredient is “enriched” anything, “it’s just a cracker.”  Let’s see…

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“Organic unbleached enriched flour.”  It’s surrounded by buzzwords, but it’s still enriched.  It may be organic, but it’s not a good source of whole grains.

Let’s compare these fancy crackers with Walmart store-brand multigrain saltines

  Organic Crackers GV Saltines
Serving Size 16 g 15 g
Protein 1 g 1 g
Carbohydrate 11 g 11 g
Fat 2.5 g 1.5 g
Sodium 125 mg 160 mg
First Ingredient Organic Unbleached Enriched Flour Enriched Flour
Price $0.60/oz $0.12/oz

It’s just a cracker.  An expensive cracker.

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