If you’ve started trying to lose weight, you may have started to trade some of your more indulgent favorite treats for snacks that are lower in calories and a little healthier for you to try and aid weight loss.
And if that is the case, you’re definitely going to want to make sure that you’ve actually traded for something that is a healthier option.
I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be giving up those little treats if it’s not actually worth it.
So you may now be wondering are Wheat Thins, those popular wheat crackers, are actually healthy for you.
Or are they just as bad as any other higher-calorie snack? Throughout this article, we’ll take a closer look at the nutritional facts about Wheat thins and whether or not they are actually good or bad for you.
Nutrition Of Wheat Thins
According to the packaging, Wheat Thins come in a serving size of 16 which is approximately 30g.
Here is the nutritional value of Wheat Thins based on this serving size:
- Calories – 140 calories
- Carbohydrates – 22g
- Protein – 2g
- Fat – 5g
- Fiber – 2.6g
- Sugar – 5g
- Sodium – 200mg
As you can see, there’s no real source of any of the ‘good stuff’ in Wheat Thins. There are no minerals or any vitamins.
Not only this but for just 30g of an item there are 5g of sugar and 200mg of sodium, which really isn’t great for you.
Pros Of Wheat Thins
Wheat Thins are not all bad – so let’s have a quick look at some of the benefits of snacking on them.
- Low In Calories – If you’re looking for a low-calorie snack, then you really can’t complain about Wheat Thins. 16 crackers have just 140 calories. To keep them from getting boring, they also come in a variety of flavors, all of which stay at the same calorie amount. And if you really want to be good there are even lower-calorie versions at just 120 calories per 16 crackers.
- Convenient & Quick – If it’s between nothing at all or a quick snack. A small snack will always be the healthier option. And these are a great choice for those constantly on the go.
- Versatile – These can be eaten as a low-calorie snack or you can add some spread, dips, meats, or cheeses to spice them up a little.
Cons Of Wheat Thins
While there are some pros to eating Wheat Thins, and they are low in calories, there are still some issues with the product. We’ll look at these issues in closer detail below:
- High In Added Sugars – A 30g serving of Wheat Thins has a massive 5g of sugar within them. Of this sugar, at least 80% of it is added sugar. Wheat thins contain several sugary ingredients such as sugar, malt syrup, and refiner’s syrup. Per day you should be consuming no more than 25-50g of added sugar. So a 150g serving of Wheat Thins would equate to your daily total of added sugars.
- High In Sodium – These crackers contain 200mg of sodium per 30g. Per day we are only meant to consume 2300mg of sodium, and while 200mg may seem small, most food items contain sodium and it is really easy for these numbers to rise. Wheat Thins do come in a low-sodium option which reduces the 200mg down to just 55mg which will be much healthier for you.
- Not Really That Filling – Sure, Wheat Thins are low in calories, which makes them seem great. But considering the cons above, and the fact that since there’s barely any protein or fiber within them, they’re not that great. You’re taking in a lot of bad substances for something that’s going to leave you quite hungry fairly quickly after eating them. These crackers will be much more beneficial if you can eat them paired with more protein or fiber-rich items such as cheese and fruit.
So are Wheat Thins bad for you? Yes and no. I apologize for the on-the-fence answer, but really they’re neither healthy nor especially unhealthy.
They are definitely low in calories and when paired with the right items, they can become more filling.
But on their own, the cons do outweigh the benefits, in my opinion.
You can definitely up the nutritional value by spreading some peanut butter on them and adding cheese or deli meats to up the protein intake.
You could also serve with a side of some fruit or veggies to up the amount of fiber.
This way, you are keeping your calorie intake fairly low while also ensuring that you will stay fuller for longer.
And this will stop you from adding in extra calories due to that snakish feeling.
You could then further increase the health of these wheat crackers by choosing low-sodium or reduced-fat options which keeps the benefits while nullifying some of those cons we spoke about earlier.
All in all, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying some Wheat Thins, and they can be included in a healthy diet without really interfering with any weight loss progress.
Everything is fine in moderation, and that is the same case for these.
However, I wouldn’t plan on constantly and consistently crunching on these wheat bars to satisfy hunger throughout a diet as you will really rack up your sodium and sugar levels which isn’t good for you.
And low-calorie and healthy aren’t always synonymous which is why it is so important to take the nutritional value of items into consideration during a diet.
While we can tend to get consumed by counting calories, your overall health and well-being are much more important.
As mentioned earlier, if you do want to keep Wheat Thins in your diet, just try to ensure that you are eating the right things with them to ensure you are getting those healthy sources of protein and fiber where possible.