Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Baked Beans

Most commercial tinned baked beans are haricot beans, also known as Boston Beans or Navy Beans, cooked in a tomato-based sauce.

In the United Kingdom, Heinz is the top selling brand of baked beans. A half-tin portion of UK-sourced Heinz Baked Beans contains 10g protein, 27g carbohydrate and .4g fat. It also contains 8g of dietary fibre. (Heinz produce a 'lower salt/sugar' variety, but the nutritional/calorific differences are very slight).

They are gluten-free, suitable for vegetarians and are low on the glycaemic index. Heinz beans (like all Heinz products) have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

If you're looking to restrict calorie intake while maintaining a balanced diet, baked beans make a good substitute for the 'potato/pasta' portion, and only take a few minutes to heat up. If you're in a real hurry, they are quite palatable when cold.

Note: There are differences between Heinz baked beans sold in the UK and the US. The US beans contain brown sugar (UK beans do not). US beans also contain double the total amount of sugar, are darker in colour, and possess a mushier texture.