Cracker Nutrition Facts
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If you try to maintain a healthy diet, you might avoid snacks and chips. But what about snack crackers? Can crackers be healthy? Saltines are a key component in some popular online diets. But have you every checked the calories in saltine crackers?
There are a few cracker brands that are better than others and even a few that provide some nutritional value.
The key is to check the nutrition facts before you buy.
Cracker Calories and Nutrition
|Saltine Nutrition Facts|
|Serving Size 5 crackers (16 g)|
|Per Serving||% Daily Value*|
|Calories from Fat 14|
|Total Fat 1.5g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0g|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Vitamin A 0% · Vitamin C 0%|
|Calcium 0% · Iron 4%|
|*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet|
When many of us think of crackers we think of saltines—the pale, square, crunchy crisps that we often eat with soup or topped with peanut butter. These crackers are made by several different companies, but the nutrition facts for saltines are fairly consistent between brands.
A single serving of saltines (5 crackers) contains 70 calories, 12 carbohydrates and one gram of protein. Some brands of saltines (and other crackers) are made with partially hydrogenated oils or trans fat.
Health experts recommend that you reduce or eliminate your intake of trans fat.
So how do saltine calories compare to the calories in other types of crackers?
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- A single serving of Triscuit Original (six crackers) provides 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber and 3 gram of protein.
- A single serving of Pretzel Crisps (11 crackers) provides 100 calories, 0 grams of fat, 24 grams of carbohydrate, and 2 grams of protein.
- A single serving of Carr’s Table Water Crackers (Original) provides 60 calories, 1 gram of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrate, and 1 gram of protein.
- A single serving of Wasa Light Rye Crisp Bread provides 60 calories, 0 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrate, and 3 grams of fiber.
When you calculate the calories in crackers, remember that what you put on top of the cracker can add more calories than the cracker itself. A single serving of peanut butter (two tablespoons) will add 190 calories and 16 grams of fat to your snack.
Less Healthy Cracker Choices
Some crackers are higher in calories and higher in fat. You might be surprised to know that some savory crackers are also made with sugar. So it’s important to check the ingredients list to find the healthiest cracker.
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- Ritz Crackers are made with sugar, high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat). A single serving of provides 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram of sugar and 1 gram of protein.
- Wheat Thins are also made with sugar. A single serving provides 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.
And what about popular snack crackers? A single serving of Cheez-It crackers (27 crackers) provides 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrate, and 3 grams of protein. Goldfish crackers provide 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrate, and 3 grams of protein.
How to Pick a Healthier Cracker
Most varieties of crackers don’t provide significant health benefits. And since most of us eat them as a snack food, they can easily tip the calorie scales in the wrong direction. So is there any way to choose a healthier cracker?
There is. In addition to calorie count, the grams of fiber in your cracker can help boost your healthy diet. Why? Because eating fiber helps you to feel fuller and satisfied after eating. People who eat more fiber are likely to eat less in the hours after their meal or snack. So if you’re trying to reach or maintain a healthy weight, find crackers that have more fiber.
To find a cracker with more fiber check below the Nutrition Facts label and look for the words “whole grain” listed as one of the first items in the ingredients list. Triscuit brand crackers are made from whole grains. Or a single serving of Wasa Fiber Whole Grain Crisp Bread provides 60 calories, 1 gram of fat, 14 grams of carbohydrate, 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.
Tips to Reduce Chip and Cracker Calories
If you love to snack on crackers, but find that you eat too much of them there are a few sneaky ways to reduce your intake. Most importantly, be mindful about where you store them. Like chips, we have a tendency to overeat crackers if they are right in front of us. For that reason, diet experts recommend that you store crackers out of sight.
- High cabinets or low cupboards are best. If you have to work a little harder to get to your favorite snack foods, you’re less likely to mindlessly indulge.
- Don’t keep snacks on the counter. Your kitchen counter is the worst place to store your crackers and chips. Why? Because you’ll be more tempted to snack on them when you’re not really hungry.
- Store snack foods in the original bag or box. While storing crackers in a resealable plastic container may help to keep them fresh longer, you lose the benefit of the Nutrition Facts label when you throw away the package. By keeping crackers in the original box, you have a regular reminder of the calorie and fat grams as well as the standard serving size.
And lastly, when you choose to snack on crackers, never eat directly out of the container. It’s nearly impossible to keep track of how much you’re eating when you mindlessly snack out of the package. Instead, take just a few crackers, put them on a plate with your favorite healthy topping and enjoy a single serving.