Chewsday Review- Country Cheese Crackers

Today's Chewsday Review features a reader's request. Arnott's Country Cheese Crackers are a kiddie favourite, and surely they're just a plain, old savoury biscuit? Let's see!

🔶Ingredients:

🔹Wheat flour, cheese (14%), vegetable oil, salt, sugar, malt extract, yeast extract, spice, flavour, emulsifier, food acids, food colours, antioxidants.

🔹Common allergens include: gluten, milk and soy

🔶The positives:

🔹Sugar content is within healthy recommendations at 5.1g/100g, however, as a savoury biscuit I'd prefer it to be a bit lower!

🔹The melt in the mouth texture is good for kiddies who are working on their biting and chewing skills- but I'd prefer to use baby risks or cruskits for this job. We might use crackers like this in feeding therapy to help kids branch out with new tastes, but I'm really stretching it here to call that a positive.

🔶The negatives:

🔹The BIGGEST negative here is the sodium (salt) content. Healthy guidelines recommend less than 420mg/100g and this biscuit contains 1120mg/100g. That's almost 3 times recommended and more than double most potato chips! I'll bet that most parents wouldn't have considered these equivalent to a chip.

🔹The fat content exceeds healthy guidelines by almost 50%, at 14.4g/100g and the saturated fat content exceeds healthy guidelines by about the same amount at 4.4g/100g. Compared to chips, these biscuits have less total fat, but 20% more saturated fat (bad fat)!

🔶The marketing:

🔹"Country Cheese crackers are a delicious snack." Well, I can't argue with them there 😋

🔹There aren't any other health claims, so at least these biscuits aren't trying to convince you they're something that they're not! (Unlike other recent reviews- I'm looking at you lentil vege crisps! 👎🏼 You can read that review here)

🔶The alternatives:

🔹These biscuits are definitely a 'sometimes' food and not for every day. They're nutritionally equivalent to potato chips.

🔹Instead you could consider rice cakes, corn cakes, some lower salt rice crackers or toast!

About Mealtime Building Blocks

Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla and Lauren on their website and sign up for their newsletter, and the Facebook page or on the Instagram page.

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