Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cheese Thinables: Review

Cheese Thinables are a new type of low-calorie, high in taste cheese snack that are comparable to major brands such as Cheez-It or Cheese Nips. They are manufactured by Fiber Gourmet, out of Miami Beach, Florida. Their parent company is Food Industry Technology, which is the largest supplier of kosher gelatin in North America. Fiber Gourmet specializes in marketing produces which are high in fiber and low in calories.

Here are some other products that Fiber Gourmet offers:

  • Nacho Thinables
  • Wheat Thinables
  • Thinables Flatbreads
  • Light Pasta (Penne, Rotini, Spaghetti, Lasagna, Elbows, Light Mac mm Cheese, Fettuccine
  • Original Half Calorie Crackers
  • Cinnamon Half Calorie Crackers
  • Everything Half Calorie Crackers

Cheese Thinables have less than half the calories of competitor brands, and this is possible because they add "lots of fiber". Fiber has zero calories, so the higher the fiber content, the lower the calorie content. Cheese Thinables are cheese crackers with a bold, tangy, cheddar taste. 

One 1 oz. bag of Cheese Thinables contains only 60 calories, 2.5g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 190mg of sodium, 18g of carbohydrates, and 4g of protein. The pouch also contains 2% the daily value of Vitamin A, 2% the daily value of Vitamin C, 2% the daily value of calcium, and 2% the daily of iron. It contains the following ingredients: Modified Wheat Starch, Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Palm Oil, Natural Shredded Cheese and/or Natural Cheese Flavor, Salt, Yeast Extract, Yeast, Lactic Acid, Paprika, Red Pepper, Yellow Mustard Seed, Dough Conditioner (Enzymes). This product does contain wheat and dairy ingredients, for any of those with intolerance or allergies.

Here is a comparison to other major brands:

Cheese Thinables®
Cheese Nips®
Special K
Cracker Chips
Serving Size 1 oz 1 oz 1 oz
Calories 60 140 110
Fiber 11g      Less than 1g 3g

 Cheese Thinables can be purchased for just $4.00 a 6 oz. box, or $24.00 for six, 6 oz. boxes. They are also available in a Sampler Pack, which contains Wheat Thinables, Cheese Thinables, and Nacho Thinables (2 cases of 6 oz. boxes each) for $22.00. Single serve packages are available, but must be purchased in a case of 45 for $26.99 (1 oz. bags). 

I was given the chance to review Fiber Gourmet's Cheese Thinables for the purpose of conducting this review. Who can resist a sample of food, especially when it contains cheese? I jumped at the chance to review these yummy-sounding cheese crackers, and I am glad that I did. Lately, I find myself in a constant battle with snack foods -- I know that I shouldn't be eating them, but I need something to keep me going throughout the day and while I am studying. My problem? Trying to find a snack that is a healthier option, but without compromising the taste that I desire. I am a huge fan of cheese crackers, especially Cheez-Its, so I was interested to see how Cheese Thinables compared. Cheez-Its aren't exactly known for their health factor. I have tried off-brands, like store-name cheese crackers, and I have had a bad experience; I don't know if it is just me, but if they aren't Cheez-Its, they have a tendency to taste like the paper box they come in.. just flat without any flavor, really. This can't be ALL the store-brand cheese crackers, but, unfortunately, it is true for the ones I have tried so far. I also want to make it clear that I am NOT against buying store-brand items...generally almost everything tastes the same to me, but this is just one of those items where I taste the difference.

I have been trying to cut down on the number of chips, crackers, etc that I buy in a given month, to try and curb my appetite and get myself onto a healthier eating plan. I loved the idea of Cheese Thinables, because they contain so much fiber, and so many fewer calories than many of the major brands of cheese crackers. I wouldn't have to feel as guilty eating these as many other snacks. Besides, if you get the one-oz. packages, you are really able to help yourself with portion control...and still feel like you are having an adequate snack with only 60 calories! I thought that Cheese Thinables were pretty comparable. They don't have the exact taste of Cheeze-Its or Cheese Nips, but, then again, I think that Cheeze-Its and Cheese Nips have a very distinct taste from each other to begin with. They have their own unique flavor, without tasting like cardboard. They aren't as strong as some of the flavors of Cheeze-Its, but I ate the bags up rather quickly and did not share any with my boyfriend. I think that they make a great, healthier alternative to other brands; I would definitely put a bag of Cheese Thinables in my purse or my car to have on hand in case I needed a pick me up throughout the day!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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