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Cheez-It Reduced Fat White Cheddar Baked Crackers Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Dec 3, 2009
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Cheez-It Reduced Fat White Cheddar Baked CrackersWorking at a place with a break-room table constantly cluttered with a box of doughnuts or jumbo muffins, snacks are a must to keep my diet on track. Crackers are a favorite of mine, as they're healthy, don't need to be refrigerated, and are easy to pack. I tend to buy Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Cheddar Goldfish Crackersfor a cheesy pick me up, but a coworker gave me a baggie of Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheez-It crackers to try. Feeling like I was betraying my childhood friend, I heated some tomato soup and floated the yellow squares on top.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 25 crackers (30 grams)
Calories: 130
Total Fat: 4 grams, 6%
Saturated Fat: 1 grams, 5%
Sodium: 240 mg, 10%
Protein: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 22 grams
Fiber:0%
Sugar: 0 grams
Price: $4.00 (32 oz)

Now, Cheez-It has been marketing their crackers as "seriously cheesy" for years, and I really thought it was just a goofy commercial campaign - but these things really are seriously cheesy! A topping of coarse salt adds just enough "oomph" to their sharp flavor. I found myself buying these in lieu of certain other previously mentioned cheddary crackers. The extra cheesy flavor makes them superior for out-of-hand snacking, as well as with soup or even peanut butter. The only thing I disliked about these crackers is that they're so darn addicting, which is probably the reason that pre-apportioned snack bags are available at the grocery store as well.

Each serving of 25 Reduced Fat White Cheddar Cheez-It crackers provides 140 calories, 6% of the daily value for total fat, 290 mg sodium (12% DV), 3 grams of protein and no fiber, sugar or vitamins. I didn't think this was a "healthy" snack, and was actually surprised to see that the ingredients list actually includes cheddar cheese - I thought it would be a flavoring agent. But it also includes MSG.

Overall, the taste of Reduced Fat White Cheddar Cheez-It crackers is cheesy good, but the ingredients do leave a little to be desired. Surprisingly, this variety has 30 calories less than regular Reduced Fat Cheez It - and less sodium and less fat.

Rating
Taste: 5
Nutrition: 3.5
Price: 4
Overall: 3.5
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