Love it, Like it, Hate it: Goldfish & Toddler-Friendly Cheese Crackers

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Goldfish are an easy, portable snack, an all-time favorite for toddlers and adults alike. But most types of Goldfish and other cheese crackers aren’t exactly what you’d call “healthy”. So in today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best and worst brands when it comes to Goldfish and other kid-friendly cheese-flavored crackers.

 

The Skinny: There are no products on shelves that are legitimate “love it” options; all are a blend of white and whole grain flours. Our “love it” top picks simply have more of the good stuff and less of the not-so-good stuff.

Nutrition facts are for a one-ounce serving; typically 50-55 goldfish or 27-29 cheese crackers

 

LOVE IT!

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish “Made with Whole Grain”

  • 140 calories – 250 sodium – 20 grams carbs – 2 grams fiber – 0 sugar – 3 grams protein
  • Ingredients include whole wheat flour, enriched wheat flour (white flour), cheddar cheese, vegetable oils, paprika (for color)

Gerber Graduates Lil’ Whoos Cheddar Cracker

  • 120 calories – 190 mg sodium -18 grams carbs – 2 grams fiber – <2 grams sugar – 2 grams protein
  • Ingredients include whole wheat flour, enriched wheat flour (white flour), oil, cheddar cheese, sugar, annatto & paprika for color

 

LIKE IT!

“Whole Grain” Cheez-Its

  • 150 calories – 250 mg sodium – 17 grams carbs – 1 gram fiber – 0 sugar – 3 grams protein
  • Ingredients include enriched wheat flour (white flour), oil, whole wheat flour, skim milk cheese, annatto & paprika for color

 

HATE IT!

Reduced Fat Cheez-Its

  • 130 calories – 250 mg sodium – 20 grams carbs – <1 gram fiber – 0 sugar – 4 grams protein
  • Ingredients include enriched wheat flour (white flour), oil, cheese, annatto & paprika for color
  • “reduced fat” just means 25% less fat compared to the original – doesn’t make it a healthful product

 

Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies “made with organic wheat”

  • 140 calories – 250 mg sodium – 19 grams carbs – 0 fiber – 1 gram sugar – 3 grams protein
  • Ingredients include organic wheat flour (white flour), oil, salt, cheese, paprika, milk, annatto…

 

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish COLORS

  • 140 calories – 240 mg sodium – 20 grams carbs – 1 gram fiber – <1 gram sugar – 3 grams protein
  • Ingredients include enriched wheat flour (white flour), cheese, oil, natural colors

 

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish – S’mores

  • 140 calories – 125 mg sodium – 23 grams carbs – 1 gram fiber – 10 grams sugar – 2 grams protein
  • Even though the first ingredient is whole wheat flour, they have half a day’s worth of added sugar

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