I’ve posted before about low fat, low sugar crackers (see “A cracker to satisfy carb cravings”) because I am obsessed with finding the best tasting, healthiest crackers out there. I came across these FiberRich brand crackers and gave them a whirl.
I found they provided a good backdrop to both guacamole and hummus on account of their being very crunchy, but, if you are not already a fan of bran, they might be more of an acquired taste. They are very filling, so they can help you feel satisfied, especially if you are using them as a snack or appetizer. I could also see these crackers making a good coating for some oven-baked “fried” chicken, because they would likely stay nice and crunchy during cooking.
They are only 40 calories per serving, which is 2 crackers, NO FAT, NO CHOLESTEROL and NO SALT. Each serving delivers 5 grams of insoluble fiber, which is 20% of the recommended daily intake of fiber (~25-35 g/day for the average healthy adult).
Insoluble fiber is the type of fiber more well known for keeping you “regular,” and has possible health benefits in preventing diverticular disease and colon cancer. It’s important to take in additional fluid when incorporating fiber into one’s diet because the fiber absorbs fluid from the intestines as it goes through them.
Other sources of insoluble fiber are whole grain breads, cereals and rices, as well as in the skins of fruits like apples and pears. If you are interested in learning more about fiber, its sources and benefits, there is a great article: Fiber – What Should You Eat? at the Harvard School of Public Health’s website.