Good for you?

Being healthy isn’t always easy especially when you get cravings for takeaways and fatty foods. A big saviour for these moments is low calorie branded products. These products are usually advertised under a name like ‘Fit and Healthy’ or ‘Good for You’ but how good actually are they?

A standard cheat meal is normally a takeaway, something like a curry for example. Chicken Tikka Masala is one of our nations favourites takeaway. However, according to the Huffington Post there are 960 calories in the average takeaway portion of chicken tikka masala with pilau rice.

However, are good for you ranges any better? Below are 5 different ready meal chicken tikka masala meals which vary from low calorie to high all avaliable from ASDA.

I have colour coded the fat, saturates, sugars and salt content according to the traffic light system to show which are low, medium and high in value.

Low Low Sharwood’s Chosen by You Weight Watchers from Heinz Good & Counted
Price £1.00 £1.18 £1.50 £1.50 £2.29
Portion size 320g 375g 375g 320g 350g
Calories 318 480 597 356 337
Fat 2.9g 10.1g 15g 7.1g 6.7g
Saturates 1.4g 3.8g 3.9g 2.9g 3.5g
Sugars 11.9g 11.3g 11g 10.6 4.9g
Salt 1.9g 1.91g 1.4g 0.9g 1.3g
Chicken content 12% 12% 14% 14% 18%
Rice content 37% 45% 50% 37% 29%

I will admit, this is a lot of information in one table, but it does show that the healthy branded products aren’t much better than the own branded products. Whilst Low Low is the cheapest and is low in most aspects it is one of the smallest portion sizes and it’s chicken content is one the lowest.

From the table above, it’s evident that the Chosen by You is the best choice, low in cost at only £1.50 and it’s one of the largest portion sizes at 375g same as Sharwood’s. However, whilst is does have a higher calorie level 597 and higher fat content at 15g. It has the largest chicken and rice content across the board which is vital when eating a meal that contains chicken and rice.

This links back to my previous post Smart Price vs Smart Food as in this case the ASDA own brand has turned out better than branded products and even ASDAs own Good & Counted range.

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