Quaker Fiber Crisps: Fueled by Fake Stuff

Quaker Fiber Crisps: Fueled by Fake StuffQuaker Oats is jumping on their own bandwagon? Quaker – one of the classic purveyors of pure unadulterated oatmeal – has a new line of “True Delights” snack foods, including their new Quaker Multigrain Fiber Crisps. These “crispy baked snacks” are made with “whole grains like oats, wheat and brown rice.”

But what Quaker isn’t actively advertising are all of the not-so-natural fiber enhancing ingredients that have to be included in order to shove 3 grams of fiber into a 110 calorie serving while trying not to make it taste like cardboard.

Here’s a closer look at some of the Multigrain Fiber Crisp ingredients:

  • Sugar (the second ingredient, never a good sign in a supposedly healthy snack food)
  • Maltodextrin (a starch derivative)
  • Polydextrose (an added soluble fiber)
  • Oligofructose (FOS, an artificial sweetener)
  • Soy lecithin (emulsifier)
  • Tocopherols (stabilizer)
  • Sucralose (what you know as Splenda┬«)
  • Acesulfame Potassium (another artificial sweetener …that’s 3 now!)
  • Citric acid (a preservative)

You can get Fiber Crisps in two flavors:┬á Blackberry Pomegranate and Wild Blueberry. But you know what’s funny – on both ingredient lists, there’s no trace of blackberries, pomegranates or anything that was ever once a wild blueberry!

You want oatmeal? Then stick to oatmeal. A 1/2 cup serving has 150 calories, 4 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein. More importantly, the ingredient list has one thing on it: Oats.

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