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Teddy Grahams are small, teddy bear-shaped snacks manufactured by the Nabisco corporation. These cute and kid-friendly Graham cracker snacks are touted as a healthy snack option and a replacement for junk foods. However, they do contain sugar as well as whole grain flour and added vitamins and should be used as an occasional snack, not a regular part of your child's diet.
Different packaging styles are available to promote various kid-friendly franchises including cartoons and dolls. Miniature “Snak-Saks” are available for inclusion in packed lunches or other single-serving applications.
All four Teddy Grahams flavors contain the same base ingredients. All flavors are made from unbleached enriched flour consisting of wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2) and folic acid. Teddy Grahams also contains Graham flour made from whole grain wheat flour. Each variety contains sugar, dextrose, maltodextrin, calcium carbonate, salt, baking soda, soy lecithin, zinc oxide and reduced iron. All flavors of Teddy Grahams make use of oil -- listed as soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil. The honey flavor contains one additional ingredient, honey. The cinnamon flavor contains natural flavor and cinnamon. Both the chocolate chip and chocolate Teddy Grahams contain cocoa processed with alkali and natural and artificial flavors. The chocolate chip flavor contains soybean oil as an ingredient and cornstarch, dextrin, confectioner's glaze and carnuba wax. The chocolate flavor contains natural cocoa and chocolate.
The recommended serving size of Teddy Grahams is 30 g or about 24 pieces. Each serving contains 130 calories. The honey and cinnamon flavors have 35 calories derived from fat while the chocolate chip and chocolate flavors have 40 calories derived from fat. The honey and cinnamon snacks have 4 g of fat, while the chocolate flavors have 4 1/2 g of fat. In all flavors, 1 g of fat is derived from saturated fat and 1 g derived from monounsaturated fat.
The honey and cinnamon flavors have 150 mg sodium. The chocolate flavor has 160 mg sodium while the chocolate chip flavor has 170 mg sodium. Honey, cinnamon and chocolate chip Teddy Grahams contain 23 g of carbohydrates while the chocolate flavor contains 22 g of carbohydrates. In all but the chocolate flavors, 1 gram of carbohydrates is derived from dietary fiber. The chocolate flavor has an additional gram of fiber. The chocolate chip and honey flavors contain 8 g of sugar, while the cinnamon flavor contains 7 g of sugar. The chocolate, honey and cinnamon flavors have 2 g of protein per serving. The chocolate chip flavor has 1 g of protein per serving. Teddy Grahams are not a source of vitamins A and C or trans fats and cholesterol. Each serving contains 10 percent of the daily recommended intake of calcium and iron.
All Teddy Grahams flavors contain wheat and soy, two potential allergens. The honey flavor contains honey, another potential allergen. Cinnamon flavored Teddy Grahams contain cinnamon, which may irritate some individuals. The chocolate and chocolate chip Teddy Grahams both contain chocolate which may cause an adverse reaction in some people. If you experience an unpleasant or painful reaction after eating Teddy Grahams, seek emergency medical attention to determine the source and proper treatment of the reaction.
According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) website, cinnamon and chocolate flavored Teddy Grahams are vegan-friendly. Both honey flavored and chocolate chip flavored Teddy Grahams contain animal byproducts. All flavors of Teddy Grahams are considered vegetarian friendly. The Orthodox Union certifies the chocolate, honey and cinnamon Teddy Graham flavors as kosher items containing dairy products.
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Elizabeth Tumbarello has been writing since 2006, with her work appearing on various websites. She is an animal lover who volunteers with her local Humane Society. Tumbarello attended Hocking College and is pursuing her Associate of Applied Science in veterinary technology from San Juan College.
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