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Since I was a little girl, I can remember several munchies always being in my parent's pantry: Nilla Wafers, Pretzels, a variety of Nuts, and the king of soup crackers - Saltines. These days, with so many different kinds of gourmet crackers having more exotic flavors like French Onion and Sun-dried Tomato, it's easy to forget about these homely squares. I - waxing nostalgic and always on the lookout for a healthy alternative to my favorites - decided to buy a box of Low Sodium Saltine Crackers.
It's not surprising that regular Saltines are pretty high in sodium - 8% of the daily value for a mere 5 crackers. Of course, there's not much else to them, as I found out when I bit into one of the Low Sodium Crackers. It's like tasty paperboard. Not terrible ... just not really good. Dipped into soup or stew, however, these crackers were great - crunchy, a little soggy if you let them sit, and they didn't add sodium to an already salty meal.
Each 5 cracker serving of Nabisco Low Sodium Saltine Crackers provides 60 calories, 1.5 grams of total fat, 1% of the daily value for sodium and 11 grams of carbohydrates, and nothing else.
The ingredient list is pretty short - enriched flour, soybean and partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil (boo), leavening, malted barley flour, and salt.
A box cost me $2.00, which isn't bad for crackers these days. I occasionally have Saltines with soup or tuna fish crackers, but I rather the little extra nutrition from something like Wasa Light Rye Crispbread.