What type of oil do you use in Smith’s products?
We primarily use sunflower and/or canola oil for cooking our snacks.
The entire Smith's potato chip range is cooked in sunflower and/or canola oil.
Sunbites Grain Waves are also cooked in sunflower oil. The rest of our range is cooked in palmolein oil.
When we purchase palm oil, we seek suppliers that operate responsibly and in a sustainable manner. PepsiCo, our parent company, is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to help bring about a greater supply of sustainable palm oil.
Through the RSPO we committed to purchasing only 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2015. This has been implemented in both the Australian and New Zealand markets. PepsiCo has also committed to purchase 100% Physical RSPO certified palm oil by 2020, providing additional visibility into our palm oil supply chain.
Why are sunflower and canola oils "healthier oils"?
Sunflower and canola oils naturally contain at least 75% less saturated fat than other vegetable oils, such as palm. The majority of the fats in sunflower and canola oils are the “healthier” mono-unsaturated type, with only a small amount of saturated fats.
What’s the difference between saturated and unsaturated fat?
Saturated fat and unsaturated fat differ in their natural chemical structure and also their impact on health. Saturated fat is negatively associated with blood cholesterol levels and consequently dietary advice recommends managing your intake of saturated fat in the diet1
Which Smith’s products are low in saturated fat?
Australian regulations consider products that contain less than 1.5g of saturated fat per 100g to be low in saturated fat.3
Doritos salsa dips contain virtually no saturated fat. Parkers Pretzels are low in saturated fat, with less than 1g per 100g. All Sakata and Sakata Wholegrain products are also low in saturated fat (they contain less than 1.5g saturated fat per 100g) with the exception of Sakata Cheddar Cheese flavour (which contains 1.7g saturated fat per 100g).
Sunbites Popcorn varieties contain 1.6g of saturated fat per 100g. The Sunbites Grain Waves range contains between 2.2-2.5g saturated fat per 100g.
Smith's Chips (Crinkle and Thinly Cut varieties) contain less than 3.5g saturated fat per 100g.
Do Smith’s products contain trans fatty acids?
Products made by The Smith's Snackfood Company are not cooked in partially hydrogenated fats and hence contain negligible levels of trans fatty acids (ranging from zero to less than 0.4g/100g).
How much salt is there in a packet of chips?
The level of sodium or salt in a packet of chips can vary, depending on how it’s made and what seasonings are used. For example, Salt & Vinegar flavoured chips, as their name suggests, will usually contain higher amounts of salt (sodium) than other flavours.
As a guide, 400mg of sodium is equal to 1g of salt, which is about ¼ of a teaspoon.
The Smith’s Snackfood Company is committed to the Australian Government Food & Health Dialogue, which outlines specific sodium reduction targets for different types of foods.
Find out further information on specific sodium targets.
What are wholegrains?
All cereal grains are made up of 3 distinct layers: The bran, endosperm and germ. Each layer contains different nutrients and different types of grains will vary in their structure of these 3 parts.
The outer bran layer is high in fibre and certain vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients; the small inner germ is packed with essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamin E and B vitamins and more phytonutrients; and the largest portion of the grain, the endosperm, tends to be mainly carbohydrate and protein.
The word wholegrain is used when all 3 parts of the grain are present. For example, white wheat flour contains only the endosperm, whilst wholegrain wheat flour includes the bran and germ components as well as.
Due to the variety of nutrients in different portions of the grain, consuming wholegrain foods as part of a healthy balanced diet can have a positive effect on your health. For more details on wholegrains and their nutrition and health benefits, see the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council website.
Which Smith’s products contain wholegrains and/or fibre?
All Sunbites Grain Waves contain more than 60% wholegrain, from corn, wheat and oats. This makes them a good source of wholegrain, providing one-third of the 48g Daily Target Intake for wholegrains in every 28g serve.2
Sunbites popcorn and Cool Pak popcorn contain 75% wholegrain corn.
Sakata Wholegrain Rice Crackers all contain 65% wholegrain and provide a source of fibre (more than 2g fibre per 25g serve).
Nobby’s Beer Nuts also provide a source of fibre (3.2g) per 30g serve.
Are Smith’s products suitable for vegetarians and/or vegans?
We have a number of products that are suitable for vegans - these include Smith's Classic Crinkle Cut Original, Smith's Thinly Cut Original, Doritos Original corn chips and Doritos salsa dips.
We regularly review our recipes, so please call our freecall number 1800 025 789 to check the availability of our other products that are vegetarian or vegan.
Are any Smith’s products gluten free?
All of our plain salted potato and corn chips (including Smith's Original Crinkle Cut, Smith's Thinly Cut Original and Doritos Original), as well as Nobby's Nuts, Sakata and Sakata wholegrain rice crackers, Sunbites popcorn do not have gluten-containing ingredients.
We regularly review our recipes, so please call our freecall number 1800 025 789 to check the availability of our other products that contain no gluten.
Are any Smith’s products free from artificial colours?
The entire range of Smith’s potato chips, as well as Twisties, Sunbites, Parker’s, Nobby’s, Doritos Nacho Cheese, Doritos Mexicana and Doritos salsa dips, do not contain artificial colours.
Do Smith’s products use any GMO ingredients?
The Smith's Snackfood Company uses only raw materials that are specified as non-GMO and ensures that suppliers regularly confirm compliance to these specifications. All products manufactured by The Smith's Snackfood Company can be classed as non-GMO.
What is a sensible serve size for snacks?
Nutritionists recommend that a sensible serve size for snacks provides less than 600 kilojoules (143 Calories)1
Everyone has different energy requirements depending on their age and physical activity levels, as well as their general health. Most individuals eating a healthy diet shouldn’t need more than 2 snacks per day.
All Smith's packs regardless of size, state the serve size in the nutrition information panel and the Daily intake Guide.
- NHMRC (2013) Eat for Health Educator Guide.
- Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council (2013), http://www.glnc.org.au.
- FSANZ (2013) Food Standards Code, Standard 1.2.7: Nutrition, Health & Related Claims.