Trade Up Tuesday: Crackers

Crackers are often an item people turn to when they are hungry.  Pairing them up with some cheese and turkey, peanut butter, or hummus can be a great idea for either a snack or a light meal.  But which cracker is chosen can make a difference in how healthy the meal/snack can be.  For example, if you were to choose Ritz Hint of Salt crackers, you would get 5 crackers per serving and a NuVal score of 10.  However, trading up to Wheat Thins Hint of Salt would give you 16 crackers per serving with a Nuval score of 33.  Here’s what the nutrition facts look like for each cracker:

Ritz Hint of Salt Crackers:
NuVal: 10
Serving Size: 5 crackers (16g)
Calories: 80
Total Fat: 4g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 30mg
Total Carbohydrates: 10g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugar: 1g
Protein: <1g o:p="">

Ingredients:  Unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), soybean oil, sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, high fructose corn syrup, leavening(calcium phosphate and/or potassium carbonate and/or potassium bicarbonate), salt, soy lecithin, malted barley flour

 Wheat Thins Hint of Salt Crackers:

NuVal: 33
Serving Size: 16 crackers (31g)
Calories: 150
Total Fat: 5g
Sat Fat: 1g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 55mg
Total Carbohydrates: 23g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 4g
Protein: 2g

Ingredients: Whole grain wheat flour, soybean oil, sugar, cornstarch, malt syrup (from corn and barley), refiner’s syrup, salt, vegetable color (turmeric oleoresin, annatto extract)

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