Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks Review
Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks
This was another product I bought before I decided to go gluten free, and like Udi’s bagels I was again pleasantly surprised. These pretzels while not being the best pretzels I ever tasted were perfectly fine, as a matter of fact if I didn’t know they were gluten free I would have eaten them and thought they were just regular store brand pretzels.
Lots of crunch and super fine
These pretzels have a pronounced crunch almost like a pop when you bite them but they are not rock hard or difficult to chew. The texture while chewing them is not course at all in fact it is like they are made from super fine flour. I wish they actually had a little courser mouth feel like some of the whole grain pretzels. This may be because the first two ingredients are corn starch and potato starch.
Remember Snacks are Called Junk Food for a Reason
Like any pretzel these are pretty low fat. They are also milk and casein free, but they do contain soy. Sodium is fairly high 420mg or 18% of your daily value. They also contain no fiber or protein. Like most snack food they are pretty much just empty calories.
These pretzels come in sticks and twists, I prefer the sticks, they somehow taste better to me, perhaps it’s because they have more salt on them but it’s easy to knock off if it seems to be too much for you.
I plan on using the twists to make gluten free Chex Mix, and when I do I’ll let you know how it comes out.
Wheat Belly Hits the Nail on the Head
I bought these pretzels while I was reading the book Wheat Belly and I made an interesting discovery.
I would sit down late at night to read and thought it would be great to nibble on a gluten free snack, so I opened these pretzel sticks and found I couldn’t stop eating them.
Every time I stuck some in my mouth my hand went right back to the bag to grab more. I knew it wasn’t the flavor, I thought they tasted good but not great. I also wasn’t famished so why was I eating like I haven’t eaten in days?
Then I turned the page and read how many gluten free snacks use food starches instead of wheat flour and these starches raise your blood sugar even faster than wheat does. As I sat there and read late into the night I was giving myself a great big sugar high.
So watch out when you eat these pretzels or other gluten free food as they can have a stronger short term addiction/craving cycle than whole wheat. Just realizing this “craving” is going to happen is enough to stop me from eating half a bag, as I’ve also realized that no matter how many I eat, I never feel satisfied.