Consumer Report: The 100 Calorie Snack Pack Test

One 100-calorie snack packs keep multiplying. There are over a hundred products out on supermarket shelves--at least 45 new ones came out last year alone.

Consumer Reports' ShopSmart just tested nearly a dozen of the most popular. Among them: Oreos Thin Crisps, Doritos Nacho Cheese, and Ritz Chips.

Testers compared the 100-calorie snack packs' nutrition and taste to their regular-sized counterparts. Some of the snacks look pretty much the same. But Consumer Reports says some of the snacks don't come close in taste or appearance.

The Chips Ahoy had barely any chips in them. And the Oreos didn't have a creamy inside. Another difference: the price. Consumer Reports says you'll pay for less--more than double per ounce for most of the 100-calorie snack packs, and in some cases even more.

So what's the bottom line? If it's really tough for you to open a bag of chips or cookies without devouring the whole thing, then those 100-calorie packs are a great way to control your portion size. And it may be worth spending the extra money on them.

Among the tastiest snacks Consumer Reports' ShopSmart found--the Cheez-It Right Bites are a bit milder than their regular counterpart, but still tasted great. Another calorie-counting option, the Doritos Mini Bites--they taste darn close to the real thing!

Consumer Reports' ShopSmart says that it's worth noting all of the 100-calorie snack packs tested are trans fat free.

If you haven't seen it on newsstands, ShopSmart is Consumer Reports' new quarterly magazine. The second edition is just out--on newsstands, then bookstores--until May 15.

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