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Are Whole Wheat Ritz Crackers Healthy?

May 1, 2021   16 Comments

Whole wheat Ritz crackers have the potential to be healthy…if they actually existed.

Are Whole Wheat Ritz Crackers Healthy?

Above is a photo of Honey Wheat Ritz because I couldn’t find Whole Wheat Ritz but it doesn’t matter because both versions have the same problem.

They are not 100 % whole wheat.

They are made with whole wheat flour as you can see here:

Ritz Whole Wheat Crackers Ingredients:

UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID) , WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT FLOUR , VEGETABLE OIL (SOYBEAN AND/OR CANOLA AND/OR PALM AND/OR PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL) , SUGAR , LEAVENING (CALCIUM PHOSPHATE AND/OR BAKING SODA) , SALT , HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP , SOY LECITHIN .

But they are also made with regular flour, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. Alas, the addition of one healthy ingredient - whole grain wheat flour - doesn’t make them healthy.

Whole Wheat Ritz Crackers Nutrition for 5 crackers:

70 calories, 2.5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 10 g carbohydrates, 2.0 g sugar, 1 g protein, 1 g fiber, 120 mg sodium, 2 Green, 2 Blue, 2 Purple WW SmartPts

What we love about Ritz crackers isn’t about healthy eating. It is the wax paper sleeve and the melty mouth feel of the crumbs hitting your tongue. Just buy the original Ritz if you love them and understand you are having something closer to a cookie than a cracker.

Want to eat something closer to cracker? Walk a little further down the cracker aisle for another offering by Nabisco.

Again, I found Triscuit minis instead of regular sized Triscuits because they weren’t in the store either. Oh man. But these are a much better choice than Ritz and I would even go as far as to call them healthy.

Why?

  • They are 100% whole grain.
  • No added sugar.
  • Crunchy so you know you are eating.

Those melty Ritz crackers are too easy to inhale.

Here is the nutrition in one serving of Triscuits (6 crackers):

120 calories, 3.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 20 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 3 g protein, 4 g fiber, 160 mg sodium, 3 Green, 3 Blue, 3 Purple WW SmartPts

Triscuit Ingredients:

WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT, CANOLA OIL, SEA SALT

Triscuit is easily the healthier choice over Whole Wheat Ritz.

You could also make your own whole wheat cracker with my handy dandy whole wheat cracker recipe and save yourself some money.

What do you think? Are Ritz whole wheat crackers healthy? What are your favorite crackers?

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16 Comments:

I do not think wheat Ritz are healthy, but they taste pretty good. A healthy cracker option is Wasa. There are three flavors and have a very nice crisp. You can put toppings on them like reduced fat cream cheese, peanut butter or use them as a pizza crust. Give them a try. 3 large cracker sheets(like graham cracker size) are 2 points.

on May 1, 2021

Not really a big cracker eater. However, when eating them, if I'm going to be 100% honest, I want the full cracker experience taste-wise. Regular Ritz, Keebler rectangular Club crackers, etc. Buttery and delicious. Wheat Thins are pretty tasty, too For the gold standard, though, it would have to be Carr's Whole Wheat. They are thick and super tasty.

on May 1, 2021

I like Triscuits because they only have 3 ingredients and I can pronounce all of them. They're good with a wedge of Laughing Cow.

on May 1, 2021

Why are you still eating grains like this? I love Ritz crackers but they are full of unhealthy things like wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil and high fructose corn syrup. These are all inflammatory elements that can cause pain and disease. This is the perfect storm for diabetes. Carbs are related to a fatty liver and heart disease. However, healthy fats are good. And, I stay away from anything low fat. I eat berries in full fat cream topped with stevia or monk fruit sweeteners. I have been intermittent fasting for about 9 months now and have lost 40+ lbs. (I am 70 and was very overweight.) I have adopted a keto lifestyle. I eat one meal a day (OMAD) which includes healthy carbs and indeed some whole grains on occasion. Steel cut oats are my favorite once in a while. I watch Dr. Eric Berg's videos which helped me to find out healthy from unhealthy foods. A diet high in veg and good fats as well as 3 to 4 ounces of grass fed meat, fish or chicken and lots of eggs. Whole eggs are full of essential vitamins and protein. There are lots of keto snacks available as well as aged cheese, and peanut butter without additives. This is my new fat bomb. Fat is so important to the absorption of D3 and other vitamins. MCT medium chain triglycerides are great fats and can be found in grassfed butter and coconut oil not in the highly processed veg oils. You should always check with your doctor before starting a fast but a healthier diet free from processed foods is not such a bad idea. BTW, Wasa crackers are pretty healthy for a carb; I would just be aware of what I top them with. For me, it would be lots of butter! LOL I prefer to get my carbs from fruits and veg. Berries seem to be the healthiest. Organic and grass fed is the way to go. Also, keto is ketosis and ketosis is the metabolic process by which the body burns fat. The body burns sugars first and when sugar (carbs) is exhausted the body begins to burn fat. This really works and when I started eating *real* (no processed, fried or fast food and low carb) food, the fat just started burning off. Check out Dr. Berg on Youtube, he can answer all your questions as well as your own Dr. and nutritionist.

on May 1, 2021

Never use or eat canola oil.

on May 1, 2021

I do not like regular Triscuits. They need flavor for me to eat and enjoy them. I like all varieties of Ritz. Serving size is 5 crackers. Pair them with a sensible topping and I have a snack I can eat and enjoy. This is a sometimes snack, not a regular go to snack.

on May 1, 2021

I definitely enjoy reading tips from Snack-girl! More into her insight and messages, then the comments section. Appreciate how she gives us advice, without judging our choices. Really love her website in general!

on May 1, 2021

THANK YOU SNACK GIRL, JUST LOVE ALL THIS INFORMATION! ANN YOUR A GEM, TRISCUITS WITH THE LAUGHING COW IS PERFECT. THANK YOU! HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL, SAFE & BLESSED DAY! ANNETTE

on May 1, 2021

I occasionally enjoy organic Triscuit Thins with a hummus dip but my fav cracker is Mary's Gone Crackers, any flavor. It's taken awhile but I've kicked most of the old cravings. I'm going to try making my own crackers [one day] from Lavash or SOS-free pitas. See this at 10:45 ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFt2Ojx2Spo

on May 1, 2021

Love Mary's & Triscuits as well. I eat them when I, well, need to move things along a bit!

on May 1, 2021

I love Triscuits, they are my go to cracker. Plain, with cheese, tuna...pretty much anything. Making your own crackers from lavash is ridiculously easy, try it soon! ;-)

on May 2, 2021

Thanks for the truth!!

on May 3, 2021

I LOVE Triscuit minis!!!!!!!!!!

On blue, 19 of them and strings cheese cult into 12 round discs = 3 pt snack!!!!

on May 9, 2021

I CHECKED BACK AND I'M GLAD I DID. THANK YOU SHIRLEY, FOR "REMINDING ME ABOUT CANOLA OIL BEING BAD". OK, I FORTUNA, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR LOSS. WHAT IS INTERMITTENT? WHAT I MEAN IS HOW DO YOU USE IT? THANK YOU FOR "ALL YOUR INFOMATION, & THE REFERAL TO DR. BERG. GIVING IS RECEIVING. SNACK GIRL THANKS AGAIN FOR THIS HELPFUL INFORMATION. YOU HAVE QUITE THE TEAM FOR A GOLD MEDAL. BLESSINGS TO ALL & BE SAFE. SMILE MAKES THE BODY FEEL GOOD! ANNETTE

on May 10, 2021

Favorite cracker is Goldfish. But since I can no longer have gluten crackers are out. There aren’t any good ones that are GF I have tried.

on May 10, 2021

Hi Annette, to answer your question, Intermittent just means you fast for a certain length of time and take breaks in between by eating 2 or 3 meals instead of one. I am on a keto, OMAD (One meal a day), 24+ hours fasting currently. It takes 3 days to get into ketosis (Keto) which is fat burning. Your body burns sugar (carbs) first then goes for the fat after that. Believe it or not, eating fat burns fat. I eat whole grass fed butter and whole fat cream, meats with high fat content like hamburger or bacon but in small portions of 3 to 4 ounces, lots of salads, avocados, broccoli, tomatoes, and other low carb veg, no-sugar peanut butter, celery, bone broth, fruits like blackberries and blueberries (low carb), and no grains while on keto. In between keto fasting, I take a break, my reward? (intermittent) and eat other foods like steel cut oatmeal, small amounts of grains. I always avoid simple sugars though except for complex carbs like bread or pasta. This takes me out of ketosis but it is good for my morale in my opinion and I can always go back to fasting. There are so many good keto foods though that make fasting enjoyable. Best of all, fasting gets rid of my brain fog and I have more energy overall and sleep like a baby. A bonus, my blood sugar has been normal the last three days; no insulin needed. This means I am becoming more insulin sensitive instead of resistant to the insulin my body produces. If you watch Dr. Berg's videos, he and his wife have some great recipes. I fought doing this lifestyle for a long time but one day decided I would try it and I love it because there is so much flexibility. Anyway, good luck whatever you decide to do. Of course, you should always check with your licensed physician before making these changes. This is only my experience and yours may be completely different. It is not for everyone. If you have more questions, I will be glad to answer if I can. :)

on May 11, 2021


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