Monday, September 20, 2010

Quaker Rice Cake snacks are as bad as baked potato chips and tortilla chips!

I got fooled this weekend!

I was starved and wanted a "healthier" snack option. I ended up buying Quaker Mini Cheddar Cheese snacks. The nutrition facts are as follows.... can you find the problem on the following label?

Nutrition Facts: Quaker Mini Cheddar Cheese Snacks

Serving Size: 9 Mini cakes (15g)
Amount per Serving 
  • Calories 70           Calories from Fat 25
  • Total Fat 3g 
    • Saturated Fat 0g 
  • Cholesterol 0mg 
  • Sodium 230mg 
  • Total Carbohydrate 11g 
    • Dietary Fiber 0g 
  • Protein 1g

Give up???
Answer: The serving size on the Quaker snacks is 15g or 1/2 ounce....
on most snacks the amount per serving is twice as much.... 30g or 1 once. 

So really if you multiply the serving size of Quaker mini cheddar snacks by 2 you can compare it to baked chips and tortilla chips.

Nutrition Facts: Baked Lay's Potato Chips (Original)

Serving Size: 1 package (31.8 g)
Amount per Serving
  • Calories 130           Calories from Fat 15
  • Total Fat 1.5g
    • Saturated Fat 0g 
    • Trans Fat 0g  
  • Cholesterol 0mg 
  • Sodium 170mg 
  • Total Carbohydrate 26g 
    • Dietary Fiber 2g 
    • Sugars 2g  
  • Protein 2g 

Nutrition Facts: Tostitos Tortilla Chips

Serving Size: 1 oz. (28g/About 13 chips)
Amount per Serving
  • Calories 140       Calories from Fat 63
  • Total Fat 7g 
    • Saturated Fat 1g 
    • Monounsaturated Fat 2g  
    • Polyunsaturated Fat 4g  
    • Trans Fat 0g  
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 120mg 
  • Total Carbohydrate 19g 
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 
    • Sugars 0g  
  • Protein 2g 
Summary of comparison:
  • All 3 snacks have similar calories, carbohydrates, and protein
  • Tortilla chips have more fat
  • Quaker snacks have twice as much sodium. 

This doesn't mean you shouldn't eat the Quaker mini rice cake snacks, it just means don't eat them thinking they are your best snack option.

The moral of my story, always read your labels!

Don't assume that because something sounds healthy, it actually is healthy!

No comments:

Post a Comment