Graham crackers have existed for more than 100 years, but their origins are a departure from the snack food we know today. The crackers were created by the Rev. Sylvester Graham, who believed lust was to blame for many medical conditions and used the crackers to prevent lust, according to The Nibble. Today's crackers have no such medicinal uses and also have a different taste than the originals.
The typical serving size for graham crackers is two full crackers, which is about 31 grams. When considering the nutritional value for graham crackers, you must take into account how many servings you eat. If you eat only one cracker, you are eating only half a serving and the nutritional intake values are only half of that for a whole serving.
Each serving of the average graham crackers contains about 130 calories, which includes 25 calories from fat. If you consume a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet, two graham crackers is the equivalent of 6.5 percent of your total daily calorie intake. One cracker is the equivalent of 3.25 percent of your total intake.
The average store-bought graham crackers contain 3 grams of total fat per serving, which includes 0.5 gram of saturated fat and 0.5 gram of monounsaturated fat. The total fat content is equivalent to 5 percent of the recommended daily intake, while the saturated fat represents 3 percent of the intake value. Graham crackers do not contain trans fat or cholesterol.
Graham crackers are a grain product, so they do contain carbohydrates. Each two-cracker serving contains 24 grams of carbohydrates, including 8 grams of sugar and 1 gram of dietary fiber. The total carbohydrate content is equivalent to 8 percent of the recommended intake, while the dietary fiber equates to 4 percent of the intake value.
Many foods contain at least small amounts of protein and graham crackers do as well. Each serving of the average store-bought graham crackers contains about 2 grams of protein. Better dietary sources of protein include beans, legumes, meats and dairy products.
The average store-bought graham crackers contain 190 milligrams of sodium per serving -- the equivalent of 8 percent of the daily intake value. Although sodium is an electrolyte vital for many body functions, the USDA recommends that people limit sodium intake to 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day to prevent health conditions such as high blood pressure.
Vitamins and Minerals
In general, graham crackers are not a good source for many of the essential vitamins and minerals. They do, however, contain 6 percent of the recommended daily intake for calcium per serving.
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