9/11/12

Tuesday Trade Up: Nut Thins


           
Finding a tasty and healthy snack can be difficult when you are dealing with a gluten-free restriction. Many people with Celiac disease struggle to find foods that are healthy and tasty but Blue Diamond Nut Thins are tasty, nutritious crackers and a great solution for this problem! The almond version with a NuVal score of 23 (on left) is gluten-free and packed with nutritious almonds that provide healthy fat and a great serving of protein with 3 grams of protein in each serving. The pecan version on the other hand (on right), with a NuVal score of 8, does not quite match up! While both items provide the same amount of calories per serving, the pecan version is higher in fat and sodium and lower in protein. This is a great opportunity to see how the NuVal system can be very helpful in determining which snacks are best for you and your family!


Blue Diamond Almond Nut-Thins Nut and Rice Cracker Snacks- NuVal score 23
Serving Size: 16 crackers
Calories 130, Total Fat 2.5g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 115mg, Carbohydrates 23g, Sugars 0g, Protein 3 g, Fiber 1g
Ingredients: rice flour, almonds, potato starch, salt, expeller pressed safflower oil, natural almond flavor, natural butter flavor [contains milk].

Blue Diamond Pecan Nut-Thins Nut and Rice Cracker Snacks- NuVal score 8
Serving Size: 16 crackers             
Calories 130, Total Fat 3.5g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 130mg, Carbohydrates 23g, Sugars 0g, Protein 2g, Fiber 1g
Ingredients: rice flour, pecan meal, potato starch, salt, expeller pressed safflower oil, salt, natural pecan flavor, natural butter flavor [contains milk].


Have you tried the Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins? What do you like to pair them with to make great snacks?



"Kristen is a guest blogger for Market Street. She is a Texas Woman’s University Dietetic Intern and graduate student working on her degree in nutrition. Kristen is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University and is originally from Muenster, Texas. She is currently developing her cooking skills and enjoying every learning experience. Kristen’s other hobbies include reading, exercising, spending time with her family, and shopping at Market Street! "

2 comments :

  1. Perfect example of why the NuVal system is not to be trusted for guidance.
    With less than 1 gram difference in fat and less than 15mg difference is sodium does not account for a score of 23 vs. 8.

    A score of 23 vs 21 would be more believable and credible.

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  2. The algorithm NuVal® uses to score foods takes into account more than what’s on the label. In fact, more than 30 nutrients are evaluated to score a food.

    A review of these two products reveals that they contain different amounts of sodium, total fat and protein. Additionally, the Almond Nut-Thins have more Vitamin E, magnesium and iron. They also have more fiber.

    While the variances might seem small—it’s the little differences that add up over time. This is why NuVal® encourages people to trade-up for better nutrition whenever they can throughout the day.

    Thanks for leaving a comment.

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