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Are cheese and crackers a healthy snack?

Snacking on cheese and crackers can help you get the recommended amounts of calcium in your diet. But, keep in mind the fat, salt, and calories that may be lurking in this favorite snack.

An ounce or 30 grams of cheddar cheese and 8 snack crackers adds up to almost 250 calories! What do you get in 250 calories worth of cheese and crackers? Sugar from the crackers, 16.5 grams of fat, and as much calcium as you would get in 150ml of milk. The problem is that getting your daily calcium needs from this snack instead of the milk would cost you twice as many calories!

When snacking on cheese and crackers, you may want to watch your portion size to avoid eating too many calories, and limit your fat and sodium consumption.

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