Fearless Foodie:

Fiber That Tastes Like Cheez-Its

That's because they are Cheez-Its, whole grain, with 5 grams of fiber per serving (versus the typical less than 1 percent in the regular). 

I wasn't sure anything could displace Sponge Bob Squarepants Cheez-its in my affections. They are 8 grams of fat per serving, so I don't indulge in them all that often, but there is something about those etched sponge lines that makes them even crispy-crunchier than the regular version. In close second is--I mean was--Reduced Fat Cheez-its, because they still have lots of very sharp cheese flavor, only 5 grams of fat, and 5 grams of protein per serving (versus 3 for the regular, which by the way is still three times more than protein contained in a Nutri-Grain bar).

But my carefully arranged hierarchy toppled this weekend. I'd just found out that Sunshine was still making Scrabble Cheez-Its, and a card buddy told me she'd found them at Food City. The South Knoxville store did not have them, not that day, and I was disappointed because, and I know I sound fickle, they are even better than Sponge Bob. They're just a tad crispier (not as many indentations) and we have a friend who is a Scrabble champ and it's amusing to watch him shuffle eight or ten crackers and come up with words that aren't "tea," "ace" or "cad."

Later that day, I saw that Wal-Mart had the Scrabble ones, and even a sign boasting they were "new," but I carefully avoided the display in the back-to-school section; I was there for notebooks, not impulse snacks. Later, though, on the cracker aisle, there were the Whole Grain Cheez-Its, and at the same weight (13.7 ounces) and price as the regulars (two for $5). And you know  what? They're really good, just the right touch of buttery crispy alongside pronounced aged cheese taste. And considering Raisin Bran has a closely related 6.5 grams of fiber per serving, I'm thinking these will be not just for card games any more...

Comments » 1

  • August 17, 2009
  • 9:09 PM
Whole Grain Queen writes:

It's great that you're eating more whole grains. But don't confuse whole grains and fiber. Whole wheat is about 12% fiber, so 5g of whole wheat provides about 0.6g of fiber. These Cheez-Its have 5 grams of WHOLE GRAIN, and sure enough, the nutrition facts panel shows they only have ONE gram of fiber per serving. 5 grams of whole grain is not very much. Products need a minimum of 8 grams of whole grain to qualify for the Whole Grain Stamp, so these Cheez-Its don't qualify for this industry standard. Look for the WG Stamp; it will tell you right on it how much whole grain is in the product. The WholeGrainsCouncil.org website lists all kinds of cracker choices with as much as 27g of whole grain per serving! That said, every little bit of whole grain in your diet helps your health, so 5g of whole grain is better than none!

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Rose Kennedy covers the Knoxville foodie scene with small discoveries, new openings, rumors, and tastings.