Does your crispbread pass the test?

Does your crispbread pass the test?

According to my research only half the breakfast cereals on the supermarket shelves are worth buying. The rest are too high is sugar and too low in fibre. Around 1 in 3 crispbreads fail the healthy food test.

Next time you’re at home, grab the packet of crispbread or savoury biscuits out of the pantry and check it against the following 3 check rating. Check it out per 100g not per serve. This way you can compare brands as serving sizes vary.

A good cripsbread or savoury biscuit is:

  1. Not more than 400mg sodium per 100g
  2. 5g or more dietary fibre per 100g
  3. Is low fat ie. less than 5g total fat per 100g or contains healthy fat. The saturated fat is less than 1/5th total fat. Eg. If total fat is 10g per 100g, you don’t want more than 2g saturated fat.

Some brands may not list the dietary fibre, so check the ingredients for something other than ‘wheat flour’eg. Wholemeal flour, bran, resistant starch, wholegrains or wheatgerm.

Because a good crispbread is a little hard to find, you could let the sodium creep up to 600mg per 100g.

Brands worth buying include:

  • Vitawheet
  • Vitawheet Lunch Slices
  • Ryvita
  • Kavli
  • Corn Thins (Rice cakes are low in fibre)
  • Sakata Wholegrain
  • Angus Park Multi Seed Thins

Check out Harris Farm and Delis for other brands and boutique labels.

Salada has nearly 1000mg sodium per 100g, Jatz, Saos and Premium fail all 3 parameters of the test with low fibre, sodium in the 800’s and 16-18% unhealthy fat, taking them closer to a pastry than a crispbread.