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Nabisco Triscuit Brown Rice Baked with Sweet Potato Crackers

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM

I am not going to lie - I got a little excited when I saw the commercial for these...although I knew I shouldn't since there is no way they could be mostly sweet potato or good for you. Do you think these are a step in the right direction for the general public eating SAD or just more deceptive marketing and 'ingredient tweaking' to fool people into thinking they are eating a healthy snack?

Nabisco Triscuit Brown Rice Baked with Sweet Potato Roasted Sweet Onion Crackers

Long Grain Brown Rice, Soybean Oil, Whole Grain Soft White Wheat, Dried Sweet Potato, Onion Powder, Brown Sugar, Sweet Potato Powder, Sea Salt, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Dried Molasses, Natural Flavor, Dried Parsley, Yeast Extract, Distilled White Vinegar, Citric Acid. Contains: Wheat.

EDIT / CLARIFICATION: Sorry I guess I wasn't clear here. I wasn't asking if this was by any means good for or if it was paleo but rather if they are trying to add healthy ingredients to move in the right direction or if it was simply deceptive marketing so people would buy it thinking it is a healthier choice. I should have been more clear I was asking about Nabisco's intent when they created the cracker.

B120d28d9620626012de121b6075ce51

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on April 22, 2013
at 07:56 PM

Pfft ...

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 15, 2013
at 12:12 PM

Haha, thx January. I think they were objecting to my exaggerated over the top phrasing of the statement more than the idea itself. :)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on April 15, 2013
at 06:31 AM

What was the down vote for? I agree it's nuts to have multiple sweeteners, regardless of the need to tweak. Up voted to balance down vote.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on April 14, 2013
at 04:24 PM

In retrospect, I was a bit hard on Nabisco. I don't think that they *like* making unhealthy food. It's just that they're a multinational corporation in the business of selling imperishable goods through a Standard American Supermarket Supply Chain. It's not their goal to make things using imperishable, refined, factory-farmed ingredients, but it's in their nature.

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on April 14, 2013
at 05:30 AM

Nothing with soybean oil is a step in the right direction.

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on April 14, 2013
at 05:29 AM

Even when I ate a mostly processed diet, I got super mad when there was sugar in my savory food. It ruins the flavor, I didn't even care about the nutrition.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 14, 2013
at 03:02 AM

Okay, but really? Sugar in a cracker? This is the kind of thing that made me crazy before I found paleo, when I was trying to eliminate 100% sugar (for healing from cancer). I couldn't eat anything in a box, even things that were supposed to be "savory." And voila, found paleo.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 14, 2013
at 02:42 AM

He's not arguing it's paleo, but rather asking if it's a healthier alternative to other boxed foods.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on April 14, 2013
at 01:01 AM

Agreed, Matt. Makers of processed foods like to tweak the flavor and texture by adding tiny amounts of lots of things, and in some cases that actually makes the label sound more sinister than it really is.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 14, 2013
at 12:42 AM

Somehow I doubt that, there's more onion powder than each of the sugrs in there.

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72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on April 14, 2013
at 12:58 AM

It sounds to me like Nabisco's trying to capitalize on a positive health trend (public interest in whole foods) by adhering to the "letter of the law" while still making processed junk food. I'm not totally convinced that soybean oil is super-evil, but if you think that it is, then both Triscuit types are an immediate fail. I also would not assume that "sweet potato powder" retains any of the virtues of actual sweet potatoes.

The only advantage this might have over any other cracker is that there's less wheat in it. Classic Triscuits are all wheat, but on the other hand they don't have any of the janky artificial flavorings that these have in profusion.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on April 14, 2013
at 04:24 PM

In retrospect, I was a bit hard on Nabisco. I don't think that they *like* making unhealthy food. It's just that they're a multinational corporation in the business of selling imperishable goods through a Standard American Supermarket Supply Chain. It's not their goal to make things using imperishable, refined, factory-farmed ingredients, but it's in their nature.

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on April 13, 2013
at 06:13 PM

If the first three ingredients are non-paleo foods, there's probably nothing to look forward to.

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8f2d9842fdfec224a425c0f77c4ee34d

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on April 13, 2013
at 06:26 PM

Crap, crap, and more crap.

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04a4f204bc2e589fa30fd31b92944549

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on April 13, 2013
at 06:58 PM

Barf! Make way for the hoards of 'healthy SAD' eaters who are grabbing these off the shelves lmao

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0960eaa2d797f2f40bfe9339cbe08af3

on June 09, 2013
at 08:25 PM

I too got sucked in by the adverts. I thought, oh great, something somewhat healthy. Then I read the ingredients. And SALT! Give me a break. First and last box I will buy.

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89985542ffc00c296552951369fe809a

on April 14, 2013
at 04:32 AM

These are appalling. I cannot stand this processed CRAP! And I hate seeing commercials for these "health" foods - they trick people!

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B120d28d9620626012de121b6075ce51

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on April 14, 2013
at 01:39 AM

"Contains: Wheat."

Are you trolling?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41767)

on April 14, 2013
at 02:42 AM

He's not arguing it's paleo, but rather asking if it's a healthier alternative to other boxed foods.

B120d28d9620626012de121b6075ce51

(134)

on April 22, 2013
at 07:56 PM

Pfft ...

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 13, 2013
at 11:54 PM

I think the fact that a CRACKER has to have brown sugar, sugar, and molasses is crazy. I am sure if you added those 3 up the sugar would be one of the first few ingredients.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on April 14, 2013
at 01:01 AM

Agreed, Matt. Makers of processed foods like to tweak the flavor and texture by adding tiny amounts of lots of things, and in some cases that actually makes the label sound more sinister than it really is.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41767)

on April 14, 2013
at 12:42 AM

Somehow I doubt that, there's more onion powder than each of the sugrs in there.

33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

(502)

on April 14, 2013
at 05:29 AM

Even when I ate a mostly processed diet, I got super mad when there was sugar in my savory food. It ruins the flavor, I didn't even care about the nutrition.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on April 14, 2013
at 03:02 AM

Okay, but really? Sugar in a cracker? This is the kind of thing that made me crazy before I found paleo, when I was trying to eliminate 100% sugar (for healing from cancer). I couldn't eat anything in a box, even things that were supposed to be "savory." And voila, found paleo.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on April 15, 2013
at 06:31 AM

What was the down vote for? I agree it's nuts to have multiple sweeteners, regardless of the need to tweak. Up voted to balance down vote.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on April 15, 2013
at 12:12 PM

Haha, thx January. I think they were objecting to my exaggerated over the top phrasing of the statement more than the idea itself. :)

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