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How do these 10 Thanksgiving staples compare on nutritional value?

By: Robin Shreeves on Nov. 16, 2010, 7:22 a.m.
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Keebler Townhouse Bistro Multigrain Crackers vs. Ryvita Rye & Oat Bran Whole Grain Rye Crispbread: You probably can't magically make your mother-in-law’s famous cheese ball any healthier, but what about the crackers that accompany the cheesy wonder? Using a multigrain cracker can help increase the nutritional factor, but you should know that not all multigrain crackers are created equal.

Ryvita Rye & Oat Bran Whole Grain Rye Crispbread crackers have a high NuVal score of 87. Keebler Townhouse Bistro Multigrain Crackers earned a score of 2. The ingredients make all the difference. Ryvita’s crackers have three ingredients: whole grain rye flour, oat bran and salt. Keebler's have lots of ingredients, starting with enriched flour (not a whole grain) and including partially hydrogenated oil, sugar and corn syrup.

One 10-gram serving of Ryvita has 35 calories, 0 grams of fat, 20 grams of sodium, and 2 grams of fiber. One 16-gram serving of Keebler has 80 calories, 3 grams of fat, 130 grams of sodium and less than 1 gram of fiber. Which cracker would you rather feed your family?