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Are Rice Cakes Healthy?

by Toni Olukiran

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Rice cakes are a popular snack and a great vessel for your favourite fruit and nut butter combinations or savoury dips — but are they healthy? Find out the surprising truth about the snack here. 

What are rice cakes?

Rice cakes are puffed or popped rice that is packed down together to make a disc. Puffed rice is traditionally from Eastern Asia, but during the 1980s became a food eaten globally as a healthier alternative to bread. It is sometimes flavoured with sweet or savoury flavours, such as chocolate, caramel, sweet chilli and salt and vinegar. 

Do rice cakes have nutritional value?

Though posited as a healthy snack, puffed rice has little nutritional value. It doesn’t contain much in the way of fibre, with less than 0.5g in each rice cake, and the same goes for protein (0.6g), though it is a good carbohydrate (7.3g). It also contains small amounts of minerals such as manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.

Are rice cakes healthy?

A big plus for rice cakes as a snack is that, whilst they don’t boast a massive nutritional profile in the way of vitamins and minerals, they are low in calories. So, as part of a balanced diet, rice cakes are great to add into your shopping basket. Top with your favourite fruit and almond or peanut butter for a nice breakfast or quick snack, or top with hummus or smashed avocado for mid-afternoon rumbles.  

Got more health questions for us? Let us know in the comments. 

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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