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Food Review: Kashi Heart to Heart Crackers

If you're a fan of Triscuits, you're going to love Kashi's new Heart to Heart crackers. Both flavors — Original and Roasted Garlic — contain plant sterols to help lower cholesterol, and six natural antioxidants including green tea and grape seed.

To find out how they compare with the crackers you grew up with,

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As you can see from the chart below, these Kashi Heart to Heart crackers contain half as much sodium as Triscuits, which is great if you're trying to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level. They're also lower in saturated fat and contain more fiber. What's more, the Kashi crackers also contain .4 grams of plant sterols per serving, which are natural compounds found in fruits, nuts, and veggies that have been found to help lower cholesterol. Other nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamin E, and vitamin C have also been added to these little crackers, which help fight free radicals and keep your arteries healthy.

The Kashi crackers and Triscuits are actually very similar in taste and texture. Even though the Kashi crackers are lower in sodium, they don't taste like they're lacking in salt or flavor. I'd definitely recommend giving these a try if you're a cracker fan. They're delicious topped with hummus and veggies, cheese and apples, or homemade salsa.


Triscuits
(6 crackers)
Kashi Original
(7 crackers)
Kashi Roasted Garlic
(7 crackers)
Calories 120 120 120
Total Fat 4.5 g 3.5 g 3.5 g
Saturated Fat 1 g 0 g 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 mg 0 mg
Sodium 180 mg 85 mg 75 mg
Carbs 19 g 22 g 22 g
Fiber 3 g 4 g 4 g
Sugars 0 g 0 g 0 g
Protein 3 g 3 g 3 g
Ingredients Whole wheat, soybean oil, salt, monoglycerides. Whole grain wheat, expeller pressed canola oil, plant sterols, cornstarch, sea salt, dehydrated vegetables (onion, garlic, and roasted garlic), spices, decaffeinated green tea extract, decaffeinated white tea extract, alpha tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), grape seed extract, parsley, autolyzed yeast, malic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid, spice extract, natural flavor, mixed tocopherols for freshness, beta carotene (source of vitamin A), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12, folic acid. Whole grain wheat, expeller pressed canola oil, plant sterols, sea salt, decaffeinated green tea extract, decaffeinated white tea extract, alpha tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), grape seed extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), natural mixed tocopherols for freshness, beta carotene (source of vitamin A), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12, folic acid.
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