Eat this, Not that: Canned lunch

Updated Aug 12, 2014

Sometimes, lunch has to be quick and easy, especially on the road. Over the years, Van Camp’s Beanee Weenees and Pork and Beans have been the essence of lunchtime convenience and simplicity. However, nutritionally, there are canned lunches on the market that pack a healthier bang into your lunch-hour buck – namely, Campbell’s line of Chunky soups. Don’t let the name fool you: these soups offer a fair amount of protein, lean meat and low-fat options, fiber and vitamins and minerals. They also come in a wide array of meat, vegetable and flavor options.

Eat this: Campbell’s Chunky Healthy Request Old Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

Not that: Van Camp’s Beanee Weenees

Calories and Fat: Per serving, the Chunky soup has 120 calories and 2g of total fat. The Beanee Weenees have 220 calories and 8g of total fat per serving. 

Difference: The Beanee Weenees have 100 more calories per serving and quadruple the amount of total fat. Roughly 70 calories of the Beanee Weenees’ 220 are from fat, whereas the Chunky soup only has about 20 calories from fat per serving. Cholesterol levels in the Beanee Weenees more than double that of the Chunky soup’s (25 mg to 10mg, respectively), and the sugar level in the Chunky soup is half that found in the Beanee Weenees.

So going with Chunky soup as an alternative to a traditional, canned Beanee Weenee lunch can save calories, fat and cholesterol and add vitamins and minerals to your daily diet

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