Thought the Mail was a bit out of line with its assumptions. No problem that it was reporting sales down £21 million in the UK but the assumption that baked beans are lower quality food is simply wrong.
In 2002 the British Dietetic Association allowed manufacturers of canned baked beans to advertise the product as contributing to the recommended daily consumption of five – six vegetables per person. This concession was criticised by heart specialists who pointed to the high levels of sugar and salt in the product.
However, it has been proven that consumption of baked beans does indeed lower total cholesterol levels and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, even in normo-cholesterolaemic individuals. Some manufacturers produce a “healthy” version of the product with reduced levels of sugar and salt.
A pretty useful food in combination with other good foods, would you say?