Great parent request for this week's Chewsday Review asking about the salt and sugar content of quick tinned meals like baked beans and spaghetti. Today's review is of the Salt Reduced Heinz Beanz, and I'll save the spaghetti for another day!
🔹Navy beans (51%), tomato sauce (49%) [tomatoes, water, sugar, maize thickener, salt, food acids (acetic acid, citric acid), flavours]
🔹Common allergens include: nil
🔹An easy way to eat vegetables! Baked beans count towards the recommended 2.5 daily serves of vegetables for toddlers, and 4.5 daily serves of vegetables for older kids.
🔹Fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt content ALL meet healthy guidelines. Sodium content is 30% less than regular baked beans.
🔹Source of iron at 1.3g/100g. Half a tin of baked beans would meet 29% of a toddlers daily requirements and 26% of an older child's daily requirements.
🔹Excellent source of fibre with 10.8g per serve. This would meet 77% of a toddlers daily requirements and 60% of an older child's daily requirements!
🔹Very inexpensive source of protein.
🔹This product is served in larger amounts than most Chewsday Review foods. For example, a standard serve of baked beans is about 200g (1/2 a tin). This means that a serve of this size will provide 9g of sugar and 480mg of sodium. Does this count as a negative for me? To put it simply, no. But of course, it's much more complicated to explain! These are a nutritious food option, and provide plenty of fibre, folate and even iron for growing kids. This is not a food providing just sugar and salt. So for me, it's all about perspective.
🔹99% fat free ✔️
🔹Rich in protein and dietary fibre ✔️
🔹Source of iron ✔️
🔹4 serves of veggies in every can ✔️
🔹Low GI ✔️
Happy to pay all of these claims.
🔹I think these beans are a great food!
🔹Heinz no added salt baked beans are also now available (but my Woolies no longer stocks them! Have you seen them around?). They have an incredibly low 10mg of sodium per 100g making them a low salt food, and there's no extra sugar added to compensate. So, if your family likes the taste of these beans, then definitely take this option!
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