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Consumer Reports: best tasting crackers

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(WMC TV) - Cruising the cracker aisle, you'll see the competition is really heating up
for your snack dollars.

Sure the old favorites remain, but now there are lower-fat siblings and store-brand twins -- not to mention newer flavors. 

Experts at Consumer Reports crunched the nutrition numbers for 30 crackers and found
that some healthier-sounding ones may not be healthy at all. Keebler Club Multi-Grain and Milton's
Original Multi-Grain scored just "fair" for nutrition and have no fiber at all.

A healthier cracker doesn't have to taste like sawdust. Among five newer crackers that offer better nutrition, three tasted very good. The best of the bunch: Kashi Original Seven Grain Sea Salt Pita crisps. They scored best for nutrition. Sensory panelists found they were tasty, with a definite crunch.

The two other very tasty crackers offer pretty good nutrition. The Original Multi-Seed
from Crunchmaster
is a gluten-free rice cracker with a little crunch. The Pepperidge
Farm Jingos! Lime and Sweet Chili
have a unique seasoning mix that packs a little heat.

Most less-expensive store brands held their own in the tests, too. Some even tasted the same or better than their name brand equivalents.

The exception was Whole Foods' 365 Everyday Value Organic wheat squares. They couldn't pass for Wheat Thins.

Consumer Reports also said don't hesitate to try reduced-fat versions of oldies but goodies, such as Ritz, Triscuits, and Wheat Thins. Testers found that they often tasted similar to their full-fat siblings.

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