Product Type: Ryvita Snacks
Newest Review: ... £1.29 at Tesco. ===My Opinion=== Most people know the original Ryvita crispbreads which have been around for over seventy y... more
They're tasty, crunchy and low calorie
Member Name: ladybracknell
Advantages: They taste much better than they used to do
Disadvantages: The seeds can get stuck in your teeth
Now that I'm well stricken in years, I seem to be on a constant diet and exercise regime in an effort to stop my waistline expanding as rapidly as the years seem to be clocking up. This inevitably seems to require a drastic reduction in the intake of carbohydrates, including bread, but spooning down cottage cheese without something a little bit tasty to go with it, is practically impossible, so I recently set out for Sainsburys on a quest to find a tasty and lower calorie alternative. I returned some time later clutching a packet of Ryvita.
I hadn't eaten Ryvita for donkeys years and my memory of them was that they were little more than tasteless dimpled rectangles of cardboard flavoured nothingness which stuck to the roof of your mouth and I daresay that the Ryvita Originals still do, but I have to say, I was agreeably surprised by this new, improved Ryvita.
Ryvita have dragged themselves into the 21st century with a selection of crispbreads to choose from and apart from the Original, there are now eight other varieties available, including a Fruit Crunch!. However, I chose a packet of Ryvita Multigrain.
I paid 86p in Sainsburys for a 250 gram packet of Ryvita Multigrain, although some of the other varieties were on sale for a slightly higher price. Ryvita are universally available at all major supermarkets, though possibly not in all varieties.
There isn't really much a manufacturer can do to make a packet of crispbreads look exciting and Ryvita don't even try. The packaging is minimalist, simply heavyweight plasticised paper which, in these more environmentally conscious times, is all you need and seems to be relatively tear-proof. Each variety is a different colour and the Multigrain variety is sold in a light olive green packet.
Once opened, they need to be stored in an air-tight container to maintain their crispiness.
Ingredients and nutritional value
The main nutritional information is clearly printed on the front of the packet in white lettering and the ingredients list is comfortingly short. These crispbreads contain: Wholegrain rye flour (83%), Buckwheat, Linseeds, Kibbled Soya, Sesame Seeds, Kibbled Rye, Salt.
Each slice of Ryvita has 37 calories, 1.8g fibre, 0.6g fat (0.1g saturated), 0.4g sugar, 0.1g salt.
Wow, how times change! I was expecting the new, improved Ryvita to taste pretty much the same as they always did but not a bit of it. These crispbreads still have the same general appearance of smooth on one side and dimpled on the other but the Multigrain ones have lots of little seeds embedded into the crispbread. These are the linseeds and sesame seeds mentioned in the ingredients list.
The taste, too, is surprisingly pleasant. Gone is that bland cardboard-like taste and texture to be replaced by a satisfying, almost nutty flavour in many ways similar to crunchy granary bread. Their slightly salty and savoury flavour is an ideal accompaniment to cheese, even the hated cottage variety, but these crispbreads are actually tasty enough to eat completely on their own, without so much as a smear of butter or margarine. Ryvita have produced a crispbread which is definitely much more tasty than they used to be.
The main downside to these crispbreads is that they are not a substitute for bread. They completely fail to provide that feeling of chewy satisfaction that eating bread gives. However, they're an adequate replacement and are every bit as filling as bread. This is largely because of the rye content. Rye has a much higher insoluble fibre content than wheat and helps to provide a feeling of fullness.
The other problem with the Multigrain Ryvita is that the grains are very tiny and can get stuck in your teeth. If you take these to eat for lunch at work, be very careful to check your teeth in the mirror before smiling at anyone. The linseeds are almost black in colour and if you get one of those stuck in your front teeth, you'll end up looking like you're in desperate need of a good dentist!
The seeds don't all adhere to the crispbread either so these can end up being quite messy to eat and also, when the packet is empty, you'll find about a handful of seeds lurking in the corners of the packaging.
If you're on a diet, I can recommend Ryvita Multigrain as being a tasty replacement for bread but they're not just for the serious dieter as these crispbreads go well with lots of savoury toppings although perhaps not so well with sweet ones. I shall certainly be buying these again and I might even try a couple of other varieties too.
Summary: A pretty good replacement for bread