Mayny people think that Graham crackers are a healthy snack. Many moms even give Graham crackers to their babies since they are easy to hold and eat as a first food. However there is sadly absolutely NOTHING nutritious about modern-day Graham crackers!
I did a search so I could post the exact ingredients and I found some interesting information. The man who originally created Graham crackers - Sylvester Graham - was a minister, vegetarian and health nut. He felt very strongly about the health benefits of whole wheat flour vs. refined, white flour.
Graham flour is a special type of whole wheat flour where the components of the wheat berry - the germ, bran and endosperm - are ground seperately. The endosperm (what a name LOL) is finely ground and resembles white flour and the bran and germ are coarsly ground, then they are all mixed together for a healthy, more coarse flour that bakes and keeps well.
Mr. Graham marketed his Graham crackers as a health food and encourage all homemakers to bake with whole wheat instead of white, refined flour. (a majority of wheats nutritional benefits are lost 1-2days after it is ground) The original graham crackers were lightly sweetened with honey and sugar.
Mr. Graham would be shocked and angered to pick up a box of "Graham" crackers today and find they are not only made with enriched, bleached, white flour instead of whole wheat, but hydrogenated soybean oil (aka Trans Fat aka Heart Attack) and tons of white sugar as well. Blech!
Mr. Graham may have been a little nutty (more about him) but he was definitely right that whole wheat is healthier than white flour. Graham crackers epitomize the failing nutrition of America today - not good for any of us, much less our little ones!
Throw them away with the Goldfish and Ritz crackers and go for something whole wheat instead! (there are several different options at stores like Whole Foods and even at Target - make sure to read the label carefully!)