On the go? Download our Mobile App

TITLE
share
food categories menu
site menu
 
Learn more
 
Score

Michelina's Signature Bowls Meatball Marinara

EWG assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of images presented.

Email
Score Lower scores accompany better foods.
Product Image
Image source: Brand Logo
Content loading...
Lower scores accompany better foods.
How it compares to other frozen meatloaf & meatball meals? (Click to Learn)
How it compares
to other frozen meatloaf & meatball meals
Contact Us Contact Food Scores

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
Lower concern
Higher concern
Lower concern
Higher concern
1
10

Read our full methodology

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 that may contribute small amounts of unhealthy artificial trans fats: Palm Oil and Canola Oil [read more]

Contains 72% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

The nutrition factors used for scoring Michelina's Signature Bowls Meatball Marinara*
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]

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 4 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 moderate concern

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 that may contribute small amounts of unhealthy artificial trans fats: Palm Oil and Canola Oil [read more]

Contains ingredients that may contribute small ...

Both refined oils and fully hydrogenated oils contain small amounts of unhealthy artificial trans fats and contribute to the total intake of trans fat in the diet (Biofortis 2014). Artificial trans fats are generated in refined oils when they are processed at high temperatures from the crude oil into a bland, odorless, colorless oil (Greyt 1999). A 2012 study conducted by FDA scientists estimated that refined oil contributes an average 0.6 grams of trans fat a day (Doell 2012). The World Health Organization recommends limits on trans fat of less than 1 to 2 grams a day—in this context, it’s easy to see that 0.6 grams is not an insignificant contribution. In the case of fully hydrogenated oils, they should theoretically be free of trans fat, but since no hydrogenation process is 100 percent efficient, trans fats are often found in fully hydrogenated oils at low levels (FDA 2013). The United States Department of Agriculture National Nutrition Database has tested refined, partially hydrogenated and fully hydrogenated oils and found trans fats in all of them (USDA 2013). Textbooks for food scientists reveal that the mono and di-glycerides and other emulsifiers are often made from hydrogenated fats (Hasenhuettl and Hartel 2008) and at temperatures above 220°C (Sikorski and Kolakowka 2011). Emulsifiers produced from hydrogenated fats “contain measurable concentrations" of trans fats (Hasenhuettl and Hartel 2008). Unfortunately, due to lack of label disclosure and the trans fat labeling loophole, only the food scientists will ever know just how much trans fat these refined oils and emulsifiers are contributing to foods and the American diet.

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.

Good source of naturally occurring vitamin A [read more]

Good 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 72% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Contains 72% 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

COOKED ENRICHED MACARONI PRODUCT (WATER, DURUM WHEAT SEMOLINA [ENRICHED WITH NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID]), WATER, COOKED MEATBALLS (BEEF, PORK, WATER, TEXTURED VEGETABLE PROTEIN [SOY FLOUR, CARAMEL COLOR], SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SALT, ONION, NONFAT MILK, ROSEMARY EXTRACT, EGGS, BLACK PEPPER, NUTMEG, PARSLEY, WHEAT FLOUR, SAGE), TOMATO PASTE, TOPPING BLEND (IMITATION MOZZARELLA [WATER, PALM OIL, MODIFIED POTATO STARCH, RENNET CASEIN, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SODIUM CITRATE, SALT, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, NATURAL FLAVOR, CARRAGEENAN, LACTIC ACID, ARTIFICIAL COLOR], MOZZARELLA [PASTEURIZED CULTURED REDUCED FAT MILK, SALT, ENZYMES]), LESS THAN 2% OF SUGAR, CANOLA OIL, SALT, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, GRANULATED ONION, GRANULATED GARLIC, SPICES, XANTHAN GUM, YEAST EXTRACT.

*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

Please note that EWG obtains the displayed images of products from third parties and that the product's manufacturer or packager may change the product's packaging at any point in time. Therefore, EWG assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of images presented.

Other Information

This product contains the following ingredient(s) that may be genetically engineered or derived from GE crops: Canola Oil, Sugars, Soy Flour, Textured Vegetable Protein, Soy Concentrate, Modified Food Starch, Xanthan Gum, Modified Starch (Corn), Lactic Acid, and Sodium Citrates [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.

Environmental Impact: Contains pork, which has a higher carbon footprint relative to chicken, eggs and plant proteins.

Environmental Impact: Contains eggs, which have a lower carbon footprint than meat.

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

Contains ingredients derived from wheat, milk, ...

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 PACKAGE

Amount Per 312 g
Calories
410

% Daily Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet and adult bodyweight)
Update the values for someone:

QUICK FACTS:

23.0 23.0 % Total Fat 15 g
18.0 18.0 % Total Carbs 53 g
Sugars 9 g
20.0 20.0 % Protein 16 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

25.0 25.0 % Saturated Fat 5 g
Trans Fat 0.0g
10.0 10.0 % Cholesterol 30 mg
45.0 45.0 % Sodium 1080 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: Sugars

NUTRIENTS:

20.0 20.0 % Dietary Fiber 5 g
Vitamin D (no value on present label)
10.0 10.0 % Vitamin A
15.0 15.0 % Vitamin C
8.0 8.0 % Calcium
20.0 20.0 % Iron
Potassium (no value on present label)

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

 

eat well guide

find sustainable food!

The Eat Well Guide helps consumers find locally grown and sustainably produced food. Listings include farms, restaurants, stores, farmers' markets, and CSAs throughout the United States.

Visit the Eat Well Guide

Information

Food Categories:

Search:

Share:

Want more food tips?

Sign up to receive email updates, action alerts, healthy eating tips, promotions to support our work and more from EWG! You can opt out at any time.

Select one:

Enter the correct spelling:

LabelINSIGHT transcribes label information from product packaging pictures. The resulting data pass through a complex computer program that checks for data inconsistencies, but occasional spelling errors persist. By submitting a suggested correction, you help make the database stronger and easier for other consumers to use. Thank you.

Consumer Contact Form:

EWG reserves the right to make public any information provided to it by companies. I understand that EWG does not accept any confidential or trade secret information that EWG does not have permission to share publicly. If I am contacting EWG on behalf of a company, by clicking "submit," I affirm that I have the authority to contact EWG on my company's behalf and to provide EWG permission to publicly disseminate all information provided.

Company Contact Form:

I would like to update my product's:







Other inquiries:








EWG reserves the right to make public any information provided to it by companies. I understand that EWG does not accept any confidential or trade secret information that EWG does not have permission to share publicly. If I am contacting EWG on behalf of a company, by clicking "submit," I affirm that I have the authority to contact EWG on my company's behalf and to provide EWG permission to publicly disseminate all information provided.

Get the Guide