Saturday, 21 July 2012

Mini Breadsticks (mini calories) from Morrisons

Always on the lookout for lower calorie snacks, I recently spotted these mini breadsticks from Morrisons. I haven’t noticed them before and they’re hard to miss with their bright red label.

I particularly like the style of packaging – a cylindrical cardboard tube with a plastic resealable lid. They are also the lowest calorie breadsticks I’ve found so far.

This style of pack, similar to the Pringles tubes, stands up neatly on a shelf so you can easily open the lid to take what you want. It’s easy to close so you can keep the contents fresh without having to worry about the pack splitting and crumbs falling everywhere!

I always try to make sure I’ve got at least one pack of breadsticks in the cupboard. They make a handy snack when you need something to crunch on, but they’re nice and low in calories too.

Morrisons Mini Breadsticks have around 7 calories each. Although plain breadsticks really need some sort of savoury dip, these are quite tasty on their own, having a faint baguette type flavour.

I’m quite pedantic when it comes to working out calories and have found you can’t always trust what the label says.

For example, the nutrition label states they have 386 calories per 100g. The pack is 100g and contains 50 breadsticks. This means each mini breadstick has 7.7 calories.

BUT, the label also says there are 97 calories per half pack (50g or 25 breadsticks). Doing the calculations on this basis gives each breadstick just 3.9 calories or 194 calories for the whole tub instead of 386.

 Most people probably wouldn’t quibble over this discrepancy. But when you’re on a calorie controlled diet, it can make a lot of difference.

In this case, I'd be more inclined to side with the per 100g calculations and go with 7.7 calories each. Better to overestimate than underestimate when it comes to counting calories.

Nutrition information per 100g: 386 calories, 8.7g protein, 71.1g carbohydrates, 2.2g sugars, 7.2g fat, 2g saturates, 2.9g fibre, 1.6g salt.

Ingredients: Wheat flour, extra virgin olive oil (7.1%), yeast, salt, sugar.



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