Nutritionists say beans on toast CAN form part of a healthy diet.
The British Nutrition Foundation has described baked beans, fish fingers and wholemeal bread being as 'healthier processed foods'.
Although sliced wholemeal bread, wholegrain breakfast cereals, baked beans, tomato-based pasta sauces and fruit yogurts are technically classified as 'ultra-processed' foods, the BNF says they can be a source of some important nutrients, while also being convenient and affordable.
The charity says tomato-based pasta sauces, wholegrain cereals and fruit yoghurts are a source of 'important nutrients', as well as being 'convenient and affordable' options.
"Ultra-processed foods have been demonised...But now food experts have set out which options can be 'part of a healthy diet'.Baked beans, fish fingers and wholemeal bread all make the cut, according to the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF)." https://t.co/yxI4cerJFG@emilylcraig
— British Nutrition Foundation (@NutritionOrgUK) April 26, 2023
Bridget Benelam, a BNF spokesperson says, “For many of us when we get home after a busy day, foods like baked beans, wholemeal toast, fish fingers or ready-made pasta sauces are an affordable way to get a balanced meal on the table quickly. These may be classed as ultra-processed but can still be part of a healthy diet.”