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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.

Contains 40% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Per gram, high in protein [read more]

Contains fruit, vegetables, beans or nuts as a primary ingredient [read more]

Contains fruit, vegetables, beans or nuts as a ...

Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables--especially dark green, red and orange varieties, as well as beans and peas--is an essential part of a healthy diet. You can get your 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day for about the cost of a bus ride in most cities (USDA 2009; EWG 2012). Learn more: http://www.ewg.org/goodfood/ Fruit and vegetable intake is associated with reduced risk of heart attack, stroke and some types of cancers (USDA and DHHS 2010). Fruits and vegetables are also key sources of potassium and dietary fiber--nutrients that many Americans do not get enough of. Perhaps that's because on average, Americans eat only 42% and 59% of the recommended intake of fruits and vegetables, respectively (USDA and DHHS 2010), making them one of the few foods we should all eat more of.

The nutrition factors used for scoring Eatingwell Thai Style Peanut Chicken*
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]

Producer claims no misuse of antibiotics for meat, egg, or dairy ingredients in this product [read more]

This product has 2 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 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

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 lower concern

Producer claims no misuse of antibiotics for meat, egg, or dairy ingredients in this product [read more]

Producer claims no misuse of antibiotics for me...

Producer claims antibiotics were only used to treat diseased animals under veterinary supervision, or complies with a less than rigorous certification system.

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.

Excellent source of naturally occurring vitamin A [read more]

Excellent source of naturally occurring vitamin A

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that is naturally occurring in dairy, fish, eggs, fish and meat products and, in the form of vitamin A precursors, in orange and yellow vegetables such as carrots and pumpkin. Vitamin A is also frequently added for fortification of packaged food. EWG recommends children and pregnant women limit consumption of highly fortified foods to avoid overexposure since getting too much of certain forms of vitamin A can lead to health problems. Read EWG's report on getting the correct amount of vitamin A, zinc and niacin: http://www.ewg.org/research/how-much-is-too-much

Contains 40% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Contains 40% 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).

Per gram, high in protein [read more]

Per gram, high in protein

Protein is a source of amino acids that are required for the proper growth, maintenance and repair of tissues. It also provides the building blocks for important enzymes and hormones. Protein provides calories and if eaten in excess will be stored as fat. Protein is found in high amounts in beans, nuts, eggs, seafood and meat. Protein is essential to health, but eating too much also carries an environmental and health cost. Learn more: http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/

Product has been classified as having moderate processing concerns

Ingredient List

From the Package

ROASTED SEASONED NATURAL* CHICKEN BREAST MEAT WITH RIB MEAT (CHICKEN BREAST MEAT WITH RIB MEAT, WATER, CORN STARCH?, NATURAL FLAVORS, SEA SALT, SPICE), COOKED ENRICHED PASTA PRODUCT (WATER, SEMOLINA [ENRICHED WITH FERROUS SULFATE, NIACIN, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID], MODIFIED WHEAT STARCH, WHEAT PROTEIN ISOLATE, WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, WHOLE BARLEY FLOUR, WHOLE OAT FLOUR, FLAX SEED), WATER, SUGAR SNAP PEAS, CARROTS, RED BELL PEPPERS, PEANUTS, WATER CHESTNUTS, LESS THAN 2% OF TAMARI SAUCE? (WATER, SOYBEANS?, SALT, VINEGAR?), GREEN ONION, TOASTED SESAME OIL, COCONUT MILK (COCONUT CREAM?, WATER), GINGER PUREE (GINGER, WATER), LIME JUICE (WITH WATER, LIME JUICE CONCENTRATE, LIME OIL), FISH SAUCE (CURED ANCHOVIES, SALT, WATER), RAISIN JUICE CONCENTRATE (SOLUBLE RAISIN SOLIDS, WATER), GARLIC PUREE, CORN STARCH, SALT, SPICE, XANTHAN GUM.

*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

Environmental Impact: Contains chicken, which has a lower carbon footprint compared to other meats. [read more]

Environmental Impact: Contains chicken, which h...

Compared to other meats, chicken production generates the lowest 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.

This product contains the following ingredient(s) that may be genetically engineered or derived from GE crops: Corn Starch, Tamari, Soybean, and Xanthan Gum [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.

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

Contains ingredients derived from tree nut, fis...

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

Serving Size

1 PACKAGE

Amount Per 283 g
Calories
350

% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet and adult bodyweight)
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25.0 25.0 % Total Fat 16 g
10.0 10.0 % Total Carbs 29 g
Sugars 6 g
33.0 33.0 % Protein 23 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

18.0 18.0 % Saturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0.0g
13.0 13.0 % Cholesterol 40 mg
25.0 25.0 % Sodium 600 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: none listed

NUTRIENTS:

28.0 28.0 % Dietary Fiber 7 g
Vitamin D (no value on present label)
90.0 90.0 % Vitamin A
60.0 60.0 % Vitamin C
6.0 6.0 % 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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