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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.

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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.

Top findings negative Contains 39% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Top findings positive Good source of naturally occurring iron [read more]

The nutrition factors used for scoring First Street Refried Beans
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

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.

Top findings negative This product is not certified organic [read more]

Top findings negative Contains 2 of EWG's top food additives of concern: Propyl - Gallate and Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)

Top findings negative Manufacturer likely used the toxic chemical BPA in can lining [read more]

Top findings negative This product has 3 ingredients with concerns as well as some contamination 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.

Top findings negative Product has been classified as having moderate 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

Top findings negative 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.

Top findings negative Contains food additives of higher concern

Top findings negative Contains 2 of EWG's top food additives of concern: Propyl - Gallate and Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)

Top findings negative Manufacturer likely used the toxic chemical BPA in can lining [read more]

Manufacturer likely used the toxic chemical BPA...

BPA, an endocrine disrupting chemical, is used to line the inside of nearly every canned food sold in the United States. Research shows that BPA readily leaches from the cans into the food. For more information visit: http://www.ewg.org/bpa/

Top findings negative 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.

Top findings negative Contains 39% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Contains 39% 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).

Top findings positive Good source of naturally occurring iron [read more]

Good source of naturally occurring iron

Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that transfers oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Iron is also necessary for normal growth and development. Seafood, poultry and meat are good sources of well-absorbed heme iron. Absorption of iron from plant sources including beans, lentils and spinach can be increased by eating them with vitamin C-rich foods like lemon juice or tomato sauce.

Top findings negative Product has been classified as having moderate processing concerns

Ingredient List

From the Package

WATER, PINTO BEANS, SEASONING (MALTODEXTRIN, SPICES, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, VINEGAR POWDER, DEHYDRATED ONION, DEHYDRATED GARLIC, NATURAL FLAVOR, LIME JUICE SOLIDS, LIME OIL, EXTRACTIVE OF PAPRIKA), LARD (WITH BHA, PROPYL GALLATE AND CITRIC ACID), SALT, ONION POWDER AND GARLIC POWDER.

*Older Product

Products remain in the database for two years after their label information is recorded in stores. A product with label information last recorded more than a year ago is marked with an * identifying it as an older product.

*Discontinued Product

Products remain in the Database for two years after their label information is recorded in stores, even when they have been discontinued (products may remain in stores and pantries long past the date they cease to be manufactured). EWG marks a product it is aware has been discontinued with a banner identifying it as such.

Product Images

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Other Information

Top findings positive Environmental Impact: Contains beans or lentils, which have the lowest carbon footprint of any protein source. [read more]

Environmental Impact: Contains beans or lentils...

Beans and lentils provide a good source of protein that is much lower in greenhouse gas emissions compared to meats. To learn more about the environmental impact of legume and 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.

Top findings neutral This product contains the following ingredient(s) that may be genetically engineered or derived from GE crops: Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch, and Citric Acid [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.

Nutrition Facts

0.0 servings per container

Serving Size

(130 g)

Amount Per 0.5 cup
Calories
130

% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet and adult bodyweight)
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QUICK FACTS:

4.0 4.0 % Total Fat 2 g
7.0 7.0 % Total Carbs 21 g
Sugars 1 g
% Protein 7 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

5.0 5.0 % Saturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0.0g
0.0 0.0 % Cholesterol 0 mg
25.0 25.0 % Sodium 590 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: none listed

NUTRIENTS:

20.0 20.0 % Dietary Fiber 5 g
Vitamin D (no value on present label)
4.0 4.0 % Vitamin A
4.0 4.0 % Vitamin C
4.0 4.0 % Calcium
10.0 10.0 % Iron
Potassium (no value on present label)

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

 

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