Chewsday Review- Abe’s Bagel Crisps with Vegemite

Bagel crisps with a classic like Vegemite, what’s more to love? (At least it’s not in chocolate this time, right?) I don’t know about you but “bagel crisps” sounds so much more fancier than “potato chips”. Well, today we will see whether they really belong as a bagel or if they’re just another chip.


🔷Wheat flour, water, canola oil, bagel base [sugar, enriched wheat flour, malted barley flour, wheat gluten, firming agent (calcium sulphate), antioxidant (ascorbic acid), salt, enzymes], flavour (4%), (contains barley, milk), Vegemite (2%) [yeast extract (contains barely, wheat), salt, mineral salt (potassium chloride), malt extract (from barely), colour (caramel III*), flavours, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, folate], iodised salt, yeast, vinegar.

*a dark brown colouring produced from sugar

🔷Common allergens include: wheat, barley, milk and may contain: soy and sesame seeds

🔶The positives:

🔷 The saturated fat and sugar are within healthy guidelines

🔷Saturated fat content is 66% less than Red Rock Deli chips and 90% less than Smiths chips

🔶The negatives:

🔷 Sodium exceeds nutritional guidelines at 800 mg / 100g. This is nearly double healthy guidelines, set at 420mg/100 grams (we can thank our happy little Vegemite for being extra salty but unfortunately other products in the range are still above 420)

🔷 Total fat in this product just falls above the healthy guidelines at 10.1 grams instead of 10 grams/100 grams. While this isn’t that bad and is way lower than chips (averagely at around 35 grams/100) , a plain bagel from this company only has 1.3 grams per 100 grams!

🔶The marketing:

🔷”No artificial flavours” this is hard to judge as the ingredient list only labels flavour as well… “flavour”…

🔷”No palm oil”. Abe’s Vegemite bagels uses canola oil. Canola oil has a better fat profile with more unsaturated fats (good) than saturated fat (not good).

🔷 These happy little bagel crisps are “baked not fried” in oil, but we don’t know what this is baked with… It could be baked in oil!

🔶The alternatives:

🔷Abe’s bagel crisps with Vegemite are definitely more chips than bagel

🔷 Yes…. It’s the fat content is a bit lower than actual chips but it’s no where near as low as with a bagel

🔷 Unfortunately the sugar and salt content is pretty close to regular potato chip brands too

🔷You can always try packet rice/corn crakes or even the plain bagel!


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