Low Carb Cracker ReviewFebruary 20, 2013 Written by JP [Font too small?]
Every few weeks or so, a favorite hobby of mine is to slowly make my way down each and every aisle of a local health food store. I glance over the countless shelves waiting for specific items to grab my attention. On a recent visit to Whole Foods, in Venice, California, I spotted a line of crackers that go by the name of Skinny Crisps. Usually, I’d keep on moving since most crackers can’t exactly be classified as health foods. But, something about the simple, yet eye-catching package and label claim of “Low Carb & Gluten Free” slowed me down long enough to study the little white bags in more detail.
The Skinny Crisp line of products features both savory and sweet options, including plain crackers (Plain Jane), naturally-flavored crackers (Say Cheese, Toasty Onion, The Whole Shebang) and lightly sweetened treats (Cinnamon Crisps and Chocolate Brownie Crisps). Almost all of the product line is suitable for low carbohydrate dieters and devotees. The one exception is the Chocolate Brownie Crisps, which are still relatively low in sugar, but contain more added carbohydrates (dehydrated cane juice) than I’m comfortable eating on a regular basis. Sugar aside, these crunchy, delicious crackers are relatively low in calories (about 70 calories per serving), 100% natural and contribute a reasonable amount of antioxidants, dietary fiber and protein. The entire line of crackers is also egg, gluten and soy free. In addition, most of the flavors are vegan friendly.
The primary ingredients in Skinny Crisp Crackers are: almonds, chickpea flour, golden flax meal, psyllium husks and olive oil. A current review of the medical literature reports that: 1) Almond intake reduces inflammation and oxidative stress, especially in those with high blood sugar; 2) Chickpeas “could have beneficial effects on some important human diseases such as CVD (cardiovascular disease), type 2 diabetes, digestive diseases and some cancers”; 3) Consuming flax seeds frequently may reduce breast cancer risk; 4) Eating or supplementing with psyllium fiber decreases several risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome including high blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides; 5) Regular olive oil use appears to increase the likelihood of a healthier psychological outlook or “positive affect”. I applaud the makers of these crackers for selecting their ingredients wisely. I now have a few bags of Skinny Crisps in my pantry. And, if you enjoy crackers, you now have a healthier option available at select health food stores and online.
Note: I’ve not been compensated in any way for this review. I purchased these crackers with my own money and have not been in contact with the manufacturer.
To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:
Study 1 - The Effect of Almonds on Inflammation and Oxidative Stress … (link)
Study 2 - Nutritional Quality and Health Benefits of Chickpea … (link)
Study 3 - Consumption of Flaxseed, A Rich Source of Lignans, Is Associated … (link)
Study 4 - Effects of Psyllium on Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors … (link)
Study 5 – Intake of Mediterranean Foods Associated with Positive Affect … (link)
Chickpeas Have a Low Glycemic Load (GL)
(A) White Bread (B) Fruit Bread (D) Potato (E) Chickpeas
Source: J Nutr. 2006 May;136(5):1377-81. (link)
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