Tried and Tasted: Baked Beans

Cheap to buy, baked beans are packed with fibre and protein. Even better news is that many of the brands have reduced the sugar and salt content in their standard products recently.

An almost staple part of the UK diet, baked beans are heaped on toast, on baked potatoes, alongside breakfast items and thrown into casseroles and stews. So with that in mind, the wlr Team have taken a look at those brands that are reduced or no added sugar versions to see how the calories and nutrition stack up . . .

~ The Best: Top Rated Lower Sugar Beans ~

 

Branston Healthy Beans In Tomato Sauce

Branston Healthy Beans In Tomato Sauce

These baked beans have a great texture but, unfortunately, the taste is a little blander than Branston’s usual beans. These would work perfectly alongside other elements in a meal.

Calorie and Nutritional Information

Serving Size Half a Can (205g)

 

Customer Reviews

"You can’t beat these beans. Worth paying the extra price vs the Tesco version!" Anon review on Tesco

"Good texture and the sauce nice and thick but quite tasteless. Had to add salt, pepper and tomato puree to give the beans some zing." Anon review on Tesco

 

Heinz Baked Beans No Added Sugar

Heinz Baked Beans No Added Sugar

These baked beans are from a brand we all know and love, and their sauce is lovely and rich with a great texture.

Calorie and Nutritional Information

Serving Size Half a Can (206g)

 

Customer Reviews

"These are sweetend with stevia, so can cut down on sugar. We really liked them, not too sweet and not too salty either. Am purchasing these again now." Anon review on Tesco

"Absolutely delicious, but may I recommend to boost the flavour and benefits that you add a little crushed garlic, black pepper and hot sauce. Then you have a banquet in a tin." Anon review on Tesco

 

Heinz Weight Watchers Baked Beans

Heinz Weight Watchers Baked Beans

If you are a fan of baked beans on the sweeter side, then these may be for you. The texture is spot on for baked beans.

Calorie and Nutritional Information

Serving Size Half a Can (207g)

 

Customer Reviews

"Weight Watchers beans are great!" Anon review on Tesco

"Contain too much sugar. Nonsense it is for diet." Anon review on Tesco

 

~ OK: Medium Rated Lower Sugar Beans ~

 

ASDA Reduced Sugar & Salt Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce

ASDA Reduced Sugar & Salt Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce

These baked beans have a sweet taste to them but, the tomato sauce is nice and rich.

Calorie and Nutritional Information

Serving Size Half a Can (205g)

 

Customer Reviews

"You can tell the difference with the low salt and sugar but they still taste really nice and are filling too when on toast. I think they're just fab and are a regular in my virtual trolley. :)" Anon review on ASDA

"These aren't that nice, although it says reduced sugar it must be packed with sweetener as they taste so sweet!" Anon review on ASDA

 

Sainsbury's Reduced Sugar & Salt Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce

Sainsbury's Reduced Sugar & Salt Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce

These beans have a great taste, good texture and avoid the pitfalls of sweetness that other reduced sugar and salt beans have.

Calorie and Nutritional Information

Serving Size Half a Can (200g)

 

Customer Reviews

"I really enjoyed these and loved that they are a fraction of the cost of the branded varieties. I didn't notice the taste of sweeteners that others have mentioned. I particularly like that they didn't taste sweet to me at all." NC93 in a review on Sainsbury's

"I found the beans far sweeter than the non reduced sugar and salt beans I have previously bought. I see artificial sweetener is added, so can only assume this has spoilt the taste for me." Janet50 in a review on Sainsbury's

~ The Worst: Bottom Rated Lower Sugar Beans ~

 

Tesco Baked Beans No Added Sugar

Tesco Baked Beans No Added Sugar

A healthy alternative if you are using beans in recipes, or alongside other elements in a meal. But if you are using them alone, the taste may be a little underwhelming.

Calorie and Nutritional Information

Serving Size Half a Can (200g)

 

Customer Reviews

"These are sweetend with stevia, so can cut down on sugar. We really liked them, not too sweet and not too salty either. Am purchasing these again now." Anon review on Tesco

"Fine for adding to a casserole or chilli. Certainly wouldn’t recommend to eat on their own. I don’t have a sweet tooth but they were too bland for me." Anon review on Tesco

Calories in Reduced Sugar Beans Comparison

We thought you might be interested to see, at a glance, how many calories are in each of the lower sugar baked beans from each supermarket. Here's the results:

Product Cals per half can
Heinz Baked Beans No Added Sugar 136
Heinz Weight Watchers Baked Beans 147
ASDA Reduced Sugar & Salt Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce 149
Tesco Baked Beans No Added Sugar 151
Sainsbury's Reduced Sugar & Salt Baked Beans In Tomato Sauce 154
Branston Healthy Beans In Tomato Sauce 174.3

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