My mom recently sent me a care package in the mail. Was it full of homemade cookies and chocolate hearts and love notes? Nah.
Cheez-its. Yep, bags and bags of individual servings of Cheez-its. I don’t even remember the last time I had one of the crispy yellow cheese-crackers. But hey, I took it as a nutritional learning opportunity. So here’s the question…Do Cheez-its actually include real cheese??
The answer is YES! Cheez-its DO have REAL CHEESE! 😀 😀
And since Cheese is part of the dairy family (along with other delicious staples like Ice Cream), that means Cheez-its include Calcium as a nutrient. 6% of your daily recommended intake of Calcium in fact! Cool!
Checking out the ingredients list, I saw that Cheez-its are made from ENRICHED flour, meaning flour that is fortified with essential nutrients such as niacin (aka vitamin B3), iron, thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), and folic acid (vitamin B9).
Given that they are not made from whole wheat flour, this means Cheez-its do not have much fiber (only about 1 g per serving). That is ok though. Just be aware of it and make sure you get plenty of fiber from your other eats during the day:) You’ll need about 25-35 grams of fiber a day to maintain a healthy digestive system.
After looking at the ingredient list, I discovered Cheez-its are not as “processed” as I originally thought. They are mainly flour, oil, cheese, salt, and some yeast. Interesting! This means that Cheez-its should be fairly easy to make at home. Here is a recipe for you to try.
Always remember to try making your favorite snacks at home. Cooking is the best way to learn about nutrition and ensure we are consuming with as much awareness as possible!