Cracker

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A variety of unsweetened bread products that are thin, dry and hard-textured, which are commonly served as appetizers or as an accompaniment to a main dish. The name "cracker" is believed to be derived from the sound that is made when this food is broken apart. Crackers can be leavened, such as soda crackers that are made with flour, water, and seasonings and then leavened with bicarbonate of soda. Or, they may be unleavened and made with flour, water and seasonings only. Many crackers have holes spread throughout their surface, which is aaccomplished in manufacturing to enable the cracker to be evenly baked so that the texture can be flat, thin and uniform as well as crispy.

The term "cracker" is often applied to both small food items and larger thin sheets of bread known as cracker bread. In Europe, a cracker will generally be referred to as a biscuit. Crackers have become a snacking item, an appetizer served with a topping such as meat, cheese or spreadable butters, or as an enjoyable addition to lightly enhance a soup, stew, or a main dish.

USDA Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 cup
Calories383
Protein9g
Total Fat1g
Total Carbohydrates80g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars0g
Potassium115mg
Sodium28mg
Cholesterol0mg
Serving Size1 cracker
Calories455
Protein7g
Total Fat15g
Total Carbohydrates69g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars16g
Potassium114mg
Sodium592mg
Cholesterol11mg
Serving Size1 cup, crushed
Calories444
Protein8g
Total Fat17g
Total Carbohydrates68g
Dietary Fiber10g
Sugars0g
Potassium297mg
Sodium659mg
Cholesterol0mg

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