And you thought Dolmio was bad… These foods are even worse for you 5



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Last week, Dolmio made the surprise announcement that it was rebranding its range of pasta sauces as “occasional” foods due to their high fat, sugar and salt content.

Now, a number of other popular food items have been named as even worse for our bodies and our health than the popular pasta sauce.

Items including, Campbells’ cream of tomato soup, Heinz baked beans, and Alpen apple and raspberry muesli have been proven to contain an unhealthy amount of fat, sugar and salt.

While most people know to avoid eating things like chocolate and chips everyday, these supposedly healthy items have had everyone fooled.

The recommended daily amount of sugar for adults is about 12 teaspoons, but Australians currently consume around 30 teaspoons per day – more than double the recommended amount.


While a nice bowl of tomato soup may sound healthy, this version is actually packed with sugar. A 295g serving of the soup contains 12.8g of sugar and is high in salt with 1.66g in every serve.


This popular quick and easy meal is meant to be a healthy version of Mexican street food. It’s full of veggies and promised to deliver two of your five veggies a day, however, it contains 13.7g of sugar per pot and it has an orange traffic light symbol health warning for its 1.37g salt content.


Beans have a lot of good things going for them and are high in fibre, however, these versions are packed with extras thanks to the added sauces. A half-can serving contains 9.8g of sugar and is high in salt with 1.22g per serving.


Muesli can be a great way to start the day but this version contains a whopping 11g of sugar per 45g serving. When you think about the fact that we are only supposed too eat 12 teaspoons of sugar a day, it’s easy to see how it all adds up.


Yoghurt can be a great snack to eat on the go but you have to look out for the added extras, like flavourings and cereals. This pot contains 21.3g, meaning a 160g serving as three times the amount of sugar as the Dolmio sauce that kickstarted the whole debate. Because it’s a low-fat product, it has been packed with sugar to increase the flavour.


A fruit smoothie may sound like a healthy option but it can be deceiving. While the sugars in this drink are all natural, they still contribute to your overall sugar intake and with such a high amount in a single glass it pays to be careful. This smoothie contains 26g per 250ml glass, making it easy to creep up over the daily recommended amount.


Dried fruit contains more sugar than fresh fruit and should be eaten sparingly. A 40g serving of Sun Maid raisins contains 29g of sugar, and while it’s a healthier option than a chocolate bar, it pays to eat in moderations.

Where you surprised by any of the foods on this list? Do you watch how much sugar, salt and fat you eat?

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  1. The only soup to have is homemade where you are in control of sodium and carbs. All prepared soups are full of sodium especially…I am allowed 1500mgs of sodium and 250-350gms of carbs (this includes sugar) per day as well as many other restrictions…

  2. The only soup to have is homemade where you are in control of sodium and carbs. All prepared soups are full of sodium especially…I am allowed 1500mgs of sodium and 250-350gms of carbs (this includes sugar) per day as well as many other restrictions…

  3. Interesting article however you say that we should be consuming no more than 12 teaspoons
    per day and then all that the article mentions is grams for those that may be interested there are approx 4 grams of sugar per teaspoon.:)

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    • Good point Ordy. Very unhelpful – especially as there are different size “teaspoons”.

  4. The simplistic theory was that if you wanted to reduce body fat, you had to reduce the intake of all fats. This resulted in a huge commercial push to produce low-fat foods and diet products. Research has recently shown that this “fat equals fat” theory is not correct – or healthy.

    Sugar was used to make low-fat products more palatable. It also became cheaper to produce and add to processed foods. Sugar is also addictive so people would buy more products which contained added sugar.

    Fat is no longer the “bad guy” It is now ok to have butter, olive oil, fish oil, and good quality saturated fats – but don’t overdo it. Margarine and trans-fats are still on the “bad” list.

    The best thing for humans is to try to avoid “modern” processed foods. If you have to look at the label to know what it contains, you should avoid it. Eat a wide variety of vegetables, nuts, berries, legumes, protein, eggs and full fat low sugar dairy products – but in reasonable quantities and unprocessed. Eat as your early ancestors would have.

    Avoid high-carb foods such as sweets, sugary drinks, white rice, bread, cakes, flour, pasta, processed cereals, and very sweet or large fruits. Avoid foods and drinks containing fructose, because they must be processed by the liver and pancreas. Remember, some flours and cereals are coloured to make them look or sound healthier.

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