Going crackers: the holiday party wafer guide

Carr Table Water Crackers arent as processed as others but do bake up a mix of conventional wheat and highly.

Carr Table Water Crackers arent as processed as others but do bake up a mix of conventional wheat and highly controversial palm oil. Even the certified sustainable palm oil that these guys use has been linked to rainforest destruction. Nabisco Premium Saltine crackers use the same wheat with junky genetically modified soybean and cottonseed oils. Ditto for Ritz, which also bakes in GMO-heavy high-fructose corn syrup and starch. Avoid biting into the whole mess by searching out organic saltines or water crackers at health stores.


These made-in-Italy crackers look healthy, but theyre sort of the equivalent of trans-fat-free pizza. Just because its free of one thing (in this case gluten) doesnt mean its not full of other undesirables. Yes, Glutino makes other products that are non-GMO Project Verified, but none of the companys crackers qualify. Beyond that, there are conventional eggs in here (not good for your vegan guests) as well as palm oil. The whole-grain version just has some poppyseeds and buckwheat bran sprinkled in.


Around most dip bowls these days youre sure to find some sort of rice cracker. Youll keep gluten-intolerant guests and GMO-haters happy, since most rice crackers are generally free of both. The thing about rice is that 58 per cent of it fails to meet proposed EU arsenic standards for kids. Consumer Reports says kids shouldnt have more than half a serving a day. But for adult party guests Im not worried. Both brands are made in the U.S. (while Hot Kid and SuperSlim crisps are made in China). Opt for certified organic rice crackers to ensure that the rice wasnt grown with chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.


The perfect party cracker to please most sensibilities: its 100 per cent certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan and Kosher, with no trans fats. The only faction it wont please? Locavores. (Its from California.) The base is organic brown rice and quinoa, so, yes, youre still going to get that trace arsenic naturally present in rice that I was talking about with rice thins. But its cut with quinoa, and as long as your kids arent eating fistfuls day in and day out, youre all right. Pairs well with dips, less so with delicate cheeses. This ones my pick of the week for large parties, since Costco carries giant boxes of em for a good price.


The local cracker queen! These tasty farmers market snacks (also available at health stores) are all made with certified organic heirloom Ontario-grown Red Fife wheat, spelt and rye as well as local raw honey, biodynamic olive oil and fair trade spices. Youll want something else on hand for the gluten-averse, since Red Fife is naturally higher in gluten than conventional wheat. These are pricier, so they may not be in your budget for big bashes. Youll dig the creative flavours like Spicy Dal, Slightly Seedy and Cheddar Crispies.


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