Chewsday Review- Cruskits Original

An all time favourite-Cruskits! So how do these savoury crisp breads stack up? And are they any better than some of the other savoury biscuits I've reviewed lately?! (You can check out that shocking review here!)

 

🔶Ingredients: 

🔹Wheat flour, rye flour, rice flour, clarified butter, sugar, salt, milk solids, antioxidant E307B

🔹Clarified butter is the the fat component of butter (with all the milk proteins and water removed)

🔹E307B is vitamin E and used to stop food going rancid. It's generally well tolerated by most people. 

🔹Common allergens include: gluten, milk and soy.  The package states that it may contain traces of egg, peanut, sesame and tree nut. 

 

🔶The positives: 

🔹Low sugar content, well within healthy eating guidelines. 

🔹Sodium (salt) content within recommendations (less than 420mg/100g) but it's not exactly a low salt product at 369mg/100g

🔹Total fat content within guidelines. 

🔹Great 'melt in the mouth' texture which is very useful for teaching biting and chewing skills to bubs and young children. 

 

🔶The negatives:

🔹Saturated fat (bad fat) content exceeds healthy guidelines at 3.9g/100g. This saturated fat comes from the clarified butter (which is pretty much just saturated fat). Having said that, a serving of cruskits (2 biscuits) is only 12.5g total, so it really doesn't provide that much in the scheme of things. 

🔹There's nothing hugely nutritious in Cruskits, but as far as a savoury biscuit goes, it's not too bad (so not a big negative).

 

🔶The marketing:

🔹No artificial colours or flavours ✔️

🔹Lightly puffed and toasted ✔️

🔹51 calories per serve. This is more aimed at adults who might be trying to reduce their energy intake- so not really relevant here

🔹3.5 health stars. In this case they've lost stars because of the higher proportion of saturated fat per 100g and a moderate salt content. 

 

🔶The alternatives:

🔹Realistically, these biscuits don't provide a lot of nutrition other than a bit of carbohydrate. They exceed saturated fat guidelines but the small serving size means that it's not a huge issue. If you're offering a couple of biscuits as a snack then think about how you could use them as a vessel to carry something else- maybe cream cheese 🧀 and cucumber 🥒 

🔹Rye cruskits have much less fat, saturated fat and sugar but double the sodium content.

🔹Rice or corn cakes are a nutritionally better option 👍🏼

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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