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The Alpha Meatless Grilled Chik'n With Dairy Free Mozzarella and Buffalo Ranch Sauce on a Thin Crust Pizza, Buffalo Chik'n

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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 ingredients that may contribute small amounts of unhealthy artificial trans fats: Canola Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Soy Bean Oil [read more]

Contains 59% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Per gram, high in protein [read more]

This product contains added sugar ingredients: Rice Syrup (Organic) and Cane Sugar [read more]

Contains 2 added fiber ingredient(s): Cellulose Fiber and Rice Bran [read more]

Contains 2 added fiber ingredient(s): Cellulose...

This product contains added fiber. Added fiber ingredients can be extracted from industrial byproducts like wood pulp or plant starches, made into a powder and added back into highly processed foods to increase their fiber content and appearance of healthfulness. While there is a long history of studies that confirm the beneficial effects of a high fiber diet rich in fruit, vegetables, beans and whole grains, there is much less data on the potential health benefits of these added fibers and whether the health benefits are preserved once they have been extracted from their original sources (IOM 2001; Jones 2012; Turner and Lupton 2011).

The nutrition factors used for scoring The Alpha Meatless Grilled Chik'n With Dairy Free Mozzarella and Buffalo Ranch Sauce on a Thin Crust Pizza, Buffalo Chik'n
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.

This product is not certified organic [read more]

Ingredient(s) likely derived from antibiotic-treated animals [read more]

Ingredient(s) derived from animals that may have been treated with hormones and/or growth promoters [read more]

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic [read more]

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.

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 lower concern

Ingredient(s) likely derived from antibiotic-treated animals [read more]

Ingredient(s) likely derived from antibiotic-tr...

One or more ingredients in this product derived from animals likely treated with antibiotics. 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.

Ingredient(s) derived from animals that may have been treated with hormones and/or growth promoters [read more]

Ingredient(s) derived from animals that may hav...

This food contains fats derived from animals that were possibly treated with antibiotics and artificial growth promoters.

Contains ingredients that may contribute small amounts of unhealthy artificial trans fats: Canola Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Soy Bean 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.

Contains 59% of the Institute of Medicine's daily sodium (salt) recommendations based on adequate intake [read more]

Contains 59% 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/

This product contains added sugar ingredients: Rice Syrup (Organic) and Cane Sugar [read more]

This product contains added sugar ingredients: ...

Eating too much of any type of sugar can lead to tooth decay. Added sugars like high fructose corn syrup, honey, sugar and dextrose are more concerning than natural sugars like raisins because they can lead to obesity by adding calories without being accompanied by important nutrients like potassium, vitamin C or fiber. Americans average 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day (NCI 2010; USDA and DHHS 2010). The World Health Organization recommends no more than 6 to 12 teaspoons of added sugar a day for adults, children should eat even less (WHO 2002; WHO 2014).

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic [read more]

Rice-based ingredients may contain arsenic

Rice plant naturally takes up arsenic from the water in the soil. The concentration of arsenic in this product will depend on the amount of rice-based ingredient used. http://www.ewg.org/foodscores/content/arsenic-contamination-in-rice

Product has been classified as having high processing concerns

Ingredient List

From the Package

CRUST: (WATER, ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR [WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID], RICE FLOUR [WHITE RICE, STABILIZED RICE BRAN], CHICKPEA FLOUR, SOY FLOUR, OIL BLEND [CANOLA AND OLIVE OIL], CANE SUGAR, WHEAT GLUTEN, GARLIC POWDER, INSTANT YEAST [YEAST, SORBITAN MONOSTEARATE, ASCORBIC ACID], SALT), VEGAN BUFFALO RANCH-STYLE SAUCE: (SUNFLOWER OIL, WATER, ORGANIC RICE SYRUP, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE, CORN STARCH, SODIUM ALGINATE, SPICES, GARLIC POWDER, ONION POWDER, SEA SALT, HOT SAUCE [CAYENNE PEPPER, DISTILLED VINEGAR, WATER, SALT, GARLIC], ANNATO [COLOR], XANTHAN GUM, GUAR GUM, VEGAN MOZZARELLA: (FILTERED WATER, COCONUT OIL, MODIFIED POTATO AND CORN STARCH, SEA SALT, NATURAL FLAVORS [PLANT SOURCES], OLIVE EXTRACT, BETA CAROTENE [COLOR], VITAMIN B12), CHIK'N: (FILTERED WATER, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, STRUCTURED VEGETABLE PROTEIN [ISOLATED SOY PROTEIN, WHEAT GLUTEN, WHEAT STARCH], SEASONING TAPIOCA MALTODEXTRIN, YEAST EXTRACT, MALTODEXTRIN, GUM ARABIC, NATURAL FLAVORS SALT, GRILL FLAVOR {SUNFLOWER OIL, CITRIC ACID}], SOYBEAN OIL, SOY SAUCE [WATER, SOYBEANS, SALT, ALCOHOL, WHEAT], METHYLCELLULOSE, WHEAT GLUTEN, CELLULOSE FIBER.

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Other Information

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

Contains ingredients derived from soybean, whea...

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 PIZZA

Amount Per 170 g
Calories
510

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

37.0 37.0 % Total Fat 29 g
18.0 18.0 % Total Carbs 49 g
30.0 30.0 % Protein 15 g

AVOID TOO MUCH:

40.0 40.0 % Saturated Fat 8 g
Trans Fat 0.0g
0.0 0.0 % Cholesterol 0 g
38.0 38.0 % Sodium 880 mg
Added Sugar Ingredients: Rice Syrup (Organic) and Cane Sugar

NUTRIENTS:

14.0 14.0 % Dietary Fiber 4 g
Vitamin D (no value on present label)
4.0 4.0 % 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

 

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