Product Review: Thomas’ Better Start Light Multi-grain English Muffins
Thomas’ English muffins are the solid old guard of commercially made English muffins in the United States. Their line-up includes Traditional, Sourdough, Cinnamon Raisin and Honey Wheat, among others. In seeking a healthier breakfast option, my wife and I recently tried a new Thomas product, the Light Multi-grain English Muffins.
Traditionally, our favorite product in the Thomas’ line-up has been their traditional muffins, which are delicious and have a faint bready sweetness that works well with butter and preserves.
When we were searching for whole-grain options, we looked into the Traditional muffins made with whole wheat, but the fiber content was not sufficient for our needs, and the flavor was faintly off. This characteristic is not unusual amongst whole wheat English muffins, and it is not bad, but we did not care for final flavor.
Then we discovered the Light Multi-grain English Muffins. These are a fantastic product for people who are making the choice to improve the quality of their food intake.
From the Nutritional information panel:
Serving size: 1 muffin
Calories from fat: 15
Total fat: 1.5 grams
Saturated fat: 0 grams
Trans fat: 0 grams
Polyunsaturated fat: 1 gram
Monounsaturated fat: 1 gram
(The discrepancy between the “Total fat” number and the amount of fat that adds up is that the manufacturer rounds .5 grams up, and less than .5 grams gets rounded down. So we know for a fact that there is .5 or more grams of polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat, and less than that of saturated fat and trans fat.)
Cholesterol: less than 5 milligrams
Sodium: 170 grams
Total carbohydrate: 24 grams
Dietary fiber: 8 grams
Sugars: Less than 1 gram
Protein: 6 grams
The main concern for us in our bread selection is the fiber content. We were looking for no less than 3 grams of dietary fiber per serving, so finding this English Muffin with 8 grams per serving was very impressive.
This is much more personal and arbitrary than the nutritional information, but we found the Thomas’ Light Better Start Multi-grain English Muffins to be terrific. The flavor and texture is not the same as a traditional English muffin, but it is excellent. The sweetness is present and the texture is pleasant. With eggs and turkey sausage, it is a great simulation of a less healthy breakfast, but the calories and fiber are much better.
We really like these muffins, and they have found a permanent place in our pantry. The sodium is a bit high, but good bread needs sodium, and it is comparable to the sodium content of other health conscious breads. The dietary fiber content is really the great factor from the health perspective. Unlike many whole wheat English muffins marketed to the health conscious, the flavor and texture of these is first class. It is not a simulation of a traditional English muffin, but it is an invention that fills the same role in a satisfying breakfast. We recommend the Thomas’ Light Better Start Multi-grain English Muffins very highly.