Are Wheat Thins Suitable For Vegans?

Are Wheat Thins Suitable For Vegans?

Are you a serial snacker looking for your next delicious vegan treat? Sweet and savory fans all come together when Wheat Thins are mentioned.

These small crackers are the perfect blend of the two and can be eaten with a number of different toppings. Although many Americans have grown up eating this snack food, few may stop to question what they are made of besides the obvious ‘wheat’.

When you adopt a vegan diet, it is important to stop and question these long-loved food items. In this article, we discuss the ingredients in the snack brand Wheat Thins and whether or not they are vegan. 

What Are Wheat Thins?

Wheat Thins are a brand of whole grain crackers that are a popular snack food in the United States and Canada. These small square-shaped crackers are low-calorie food that has a crunchy texture. 

As with many big brands, there are numerous varieties of crackers available. For example, Wheat Thins have created ‘big’ crackers, tomato and basil flavored crackers, and a reduced fat version. 

What Are Wheat Thins Made Of?

According to the Wheat Thins website, the original flavor is made of: 

  • Whole grain wheat flour
  • Canola oil
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch 
  • Maple syrup 
  • Salt
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Leavening (calcium phosphate and baking soda) 
  • BHT (for packaging freshness) 

You may be wondering, what on Earth is BHT? This stands for butylated hydroxytoluene and is a lab-made chemical added to foods as a preservative. 

Here it is only added to the packaging, but it’s important to mention it as some may not be comfortable with this. It is completely safe and is also found in cosmetics and certain medicines. 

Are Wheat Thins Healthy?

Although Wheat Thins are much healthier to snack on than things like chips and dips, they have not considered healthy food.

One serving one Wheat Thins contains around 140 calories, this is made up of 21g of whole grain per serving. Whole grains are naturally high in fiber which means they aid in healthy digestion as well as keep you fuller and more satisfied after a meal.

There is little other nutritional value in the crackers as there are limited quantities of vitamins and minerals. The most substantial amounts of minerals are seen in the levels of iron and calcium. Each serving contains 4% of the daily recommended dose of iron and 2% of calcium.

The main cause for concern is the amount of sodium in the crackers, with 200mg in one serving. Adults are recommended not to exceed 2,300 mg of sodium per day, which can be easy to do when you snack a lot alongside your main meals. 

Are Wheat Thins Vegan?

Are Wheat Thins Vegan?

The original flavor of Wheat Thins is completely vegan. They do not contain any animal products or by-products. 

The other vegan flavors of the popular cracker brand include: 

  • Reduced Fat
  • Tomato & Basil 
  • Big 
  • Hint of Salt
  • Multigrain
  • Cracked Pepper & Olive Oil

Non-Vegan Wheat Thins

There are some flavors of Wheat Thins that contain milk and other dairy products, therefore making them unsuitable for vegan diets. These include: 

  • Ranch Flavor
  • Chili Cheese
  • Honey Mustard
  • Smokey BBQ

Tasty Wheat Thins Recipes 

Although Wheat Thins are super easy to find in the store, making your own can also be a fun rainy-day activity. If you are someone who loves to bake and cook, then give these recipes a go! 

Wheat Thins Topping Ideas

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut when choosing what to have on top of your Wheat Thins. We tend to find something we like and stick to it, sort of like gold old peanut butter on toast. Here is some fresh new inspiration on what to put on your Wheat Thins for an exciting and delicious snack time:

  1. Cucumber and vegan cream cheese
  2. Hummus, spring onion, and vegan feta cheese
  3. Avocado and tomato with a drizzle of olive oil
  4. Pesto and tomato
  5. Peanut butter and banana slices
  6. Avocado, salsa, and cucumber
  7. Hummus and chili flakes 
  8. Dip into guacamole, salsa, hummus, or vegan sour cream
  9. Serve alongside vegan refried beans
  10. Hummus and celery 
  11. Guacamole and jalapenos

Conclusion

Wheat Thins are an extremely popular wheat-based cracker that is completely vegan! Certain flavors contain small amounts of dairy products but these can be easily avoided. Top with your favorite healthy ingredients and enjoy this crunchy snack. 

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