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EWG Overall Score Breakdown

The product score is based on weighted scores for nutrition, ingredient and processing concerns. Generally, nutrition counts most, ingredient concerns next and degree of processing least. The weighted scores are added together to determine the final score. Read more about scores here.

EWG Overall Score Breakdown


EWG scored on three factors: nutrition, ingredient concerns, and the degree of processing. Read the full scoring methodology.

Score
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Higher concern
Lower concern
Higher concern
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Nutrition Concern Details

Level

Considers calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, sodium, protein, fiber and fruit, vegetable and nut content to differentiate between healthful and less healthful foods. For more information on nutrition concerns, read our full methodology.

Contains ingredients known to be a source of unhealthy artificial trans fats: Hydrogenated Soy Bean Oil [read more]

Contains 62% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

The nutrition factors used for scoring Banquet Chicken Fried Beef Steak Meal*
Positive factors
Fruit, vegetable, bean or nut content
Protein content
Fiber content
Omega-3 fatty acids
Negative factors
Calorie density
Sugar/low-calorie sweetener content
Sodium content
Saturated fat content
Trans fat content

* Calculated based 100 grams & a single serving.

Ingredient Concern Details

Level

Considers food additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and contaminants like mercury and BPA, which can affect human health and the environment. For more information on ingredient concerns, read methodology.

This product is not certified organic [read more]

Contains 1 of EWG's top food additives of concern: Propyl - Gallate

Antibiotics were likely used in the production of this meat [read more]

Hormones and/or growth promoters were likely used in production of meat ingredients [read more]

This product has 10 ingredients with concerns:

Processing Concern Details

Level

Estimates how much the food has been processed. Considers many factors, chief among them, modification of individual ingredients from whole foods and number of artificial ingredients. For more information on processing concerns, read our full methodology.

Product has been classified as having high processing concerns

Products with moderate and high processing concerns generally have more artificial ingredients, more ingredients that have been significantly modified from whole foods, and more ingredients overall.

EWG's Top Findings

This product is not certified organic [read more]

This product is not certified organic

Products bearing the USDA certified organic seal must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredient, and must be produced without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and free of genetically engineered ingredients.

Contains food additives of higher concern

Contains 1 of EWG's top food additives of concern: Propyl - Gallate

Antibiotics were likely used in the production of this meat [read more]

Antibiotics were likely used in the production ...

Many animals are fed low doses of antibiotics throughout their lifespan to speed growth and prevent diseases. These non-essential uses promote antibiotic resistance, posing a serious risk to human health.

Hormones and/or growth promoters were likely used in production of meat ingredients [read more]

Hormones and/or growth promoters were likely us...

Hormone implants and artificial growth promoters are commonly used to speed the growth of meat animals. These practices are not allowed in Europe due to health concerns.

Contains ingredients known to be a source of unhealthy artificial trans fats: Hydrogenated Soy Bean Oil [read more]

Contains ingredients known to be a source of un...

Artificial trans fats are produced when vegetable oils are subject to extreme temperatures or pressures to solidify the fat and increase shelf life, flavor stability and palatability (FDA 2013). These modifications benefit the manufacturer but are detrimental to the consumer's health. Health experts at the Institute of Medicine recommend "that trans fatty acid consumption be as low as possible" (IOM 2005). The CDC estimates that eliminating artificial trans fats could prevent up to 20,000 heart attacks and up to 7,000 deaths each year (Dietz 2012). In 2013, the FDA made a tentative determination that trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils (the primary dietary source) should no longer be generally recognized as safe (FDA 2013). Some trans fats do occur naturally in meat and dairy products. These natural trans fats may be of lower concern; some studies have found them to be beneficial, while others have found their effects to be neutral (Chardigny 2008; Mozaffarian 2009; Wang 2013).

Contains the non-specific ingredient "flavor" [read more]

Contains the non-specific ingredient "flavor"

Added "flavors" are secret and often complex mixtures of chemicals that modify and manipulate the taste and smell of food. The lack of disclosure is a public right to know issue and especially concerning to people with unusual food allergies or on restricted diets.

Contains 62% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Contains 62% of the Institute of Medicine's dai...

This product contains a high percentage of the Institute of Medicine's recommended adequate intake for sodium of 1500 mg a day (IOM 2005). This value is much lower than what the FDA requires be listed on food labels -- 2400 mg. Americans average 3,400 mg of sodium a day. Most of this sodium comes from processed foods where sodium is added to mask the lack of freshness by enhancing the flavor, texture or palatability and extending shelf-life (IOM 2010). Many of these uses are for the manufacturers benefit and not the consumer's health as excess sodium intake is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease (IOM 2010).

Product has been classified as having high processing concerns

Ingredient List

From the Package

GRAVY: WATER, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SOYBEAN OIL, NONFAT DRY MILK, WHEAT FLOUR, CHICKEN FAT (WITH BHA, PROPYL GALLATE, AND CITRIC ACID ADDED), SALT, SPICES, CHICKEN FLAVOR (CORN MALTODEXTRIN, SALT, YEAST EXTRACT, CHICKEN SKIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, CHICKEN BROTH POWDER, MEDIUM CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDES, SAFFLOWER OIL, GLUTAMIC ACID, SOY SAUCE [SOYBEANS, WHEAT, SALT], ONION POWDER, SPICE, ASCORBIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE), FULLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, XANTHAN GUM, GUAR GUM. MASHED POTATOES: REHYDRATED POTATO FLAKES AND GRANULES (WATER, POTATOES, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM DIHYDROGEN PYROPHOSPHATE, BHT, SODIUM BISULFITE), CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: MARGARINE (SOYBEAN OIL, WATER, SALT, HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, MONOGLYCERIDES, SODIUM BENZOATE, SOY LECITHIN, MEDIUM CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDES, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, BETA CAROTENE [COLOR], VITAMIN D3, NATURAL FLAVOR), CREAM, SOYBEAN OIL, NONFAT DRY MILK, SALT, SUGAR, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, XANTHAN GUM, GUAR GUM, FLAVORING. CHICKEN FRIED BEEF PATTY FRITTER: BEEF, WATER, BREADER (WHEAT FLOUR, DEXTROSE, SALT, SPICE, SOYBEAN OIL, EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA), BATTER MIX (YELLOW CORN FLOUR, CORN STARCH, SALT, SPICES, GUAR GUM, LEAVENING [SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE], GARLIC POWDER), TEXTURED SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE (SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, ISOLATED SOY PRODUCT, CARAMEL COLOR), SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, FLAVORING, SALT, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, GROUND CELERY SEED, SOY LECITHIN. FRIED IN VEGETABLE OIL. CORN: CORN, WATER, SUGAR, SALT.

*Older Product

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*Discontinued Product

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Product Images

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Other Information

This product contains the following ingredient(s) that may be genetically engineered or derived from GE crops: Corn Flour, Corn Starch, Soy Sauce, Textured Soy Protein, Soy Isolate, Maltodextrin (Maize), Sugars, Dextrose, Hydrogenated Soy Bean Oil, Soy Bean Oil, Vegetable Oil, Corn, Soybean, Xanthan Gum, Modified Starch (Corn), Mono And Diglycerides Of Fatty Acids, Lecithin (Soy), Citric Acid, and Soy Protein [read more]

This product contains the following ingredient(...

Scientists have not determined whether GE food poses risks to human health. Still, consumers have many good reasons to avoid eating genetically engineered ingredients, including limited safety studies, the development of "superweeds" and increased pesticide use. For more information on the topic visit: http://www.ewg.org/research/shoppers-guide-to-avoiding-ge-food Note: The presence or absence of genetically engineered ingredients or ingredients derived from GE crops does not affect a product's overall score.

Environmental Impact: Contains beef, which has a high carbon footprint relative to other protein sources. [read more]

Environmental Impact: Contains beef, which has ...

Beef production is very resource intensive and generates a large amount of greenhouse gases. To learn more about the climate impacts of meat production read: http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/ Note: The potential climate impact of a particular food is not factored into a product's overall score.

Contains ingredients derived from wheat, soybean or milk - these are considered major food allergens according to the FDA [read more]

Contains ingredients derived from wheat, soybea...

While over 160 food ingredients may cause allergic reactions current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations stipulate that 8 major food allergens must be labeled on products. These allergens include; milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. Note: The presence of potential allergens does not affect the overall product score.

Nutrition Facts

1.0 servings per container

Serving Size

1 meal

Amount Per 283 g
Calories
370

% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet and adult bodyweight)
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29.0 29.0 % Total Fat 23 g
12.0 12.0 % Total Carbs 33 g
% Protein 8 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

35.0 35.0 % Saturated Fat 7 g
Trans Fat 1.0g
8.0 8.0 % Cholesterol 25 mg
40.0 40.0 % Sodium 930 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: Sugars and Dextrose

NUTRIENTS:

7.0 7.0 % Dietary Fiber 2 g
Vitamin D (no value on present label)
4.0 4.0 % Calcium
6.0 6.0 % Iron
6.0 6.0 % Potassium 290 mg

† Institute of Medicine. 2010. "Dietary Reference Intakes Tables and Application." Accessed April 8, 2014: link

 

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