Comparison of Popular Processed Foods With Their Health Food Counterparts

Processed Food Wars: Popular Brands vs. Health Food

I grew up with processed mainstream foods like most kids. Kraft Mac & Cheese, Ellios Pizza, and Ore-Ida Tater Tots were some of my faves. Since processed foods like those aren't the most nutritious, natural foods companies decided to make healthier versions. Are they really better for us? I've already compared cereals and found the natural versions contained less sugar and sodium. So let's see how other foods compare.

Food Calories Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
Triscuits (6 crackers) 120 4.5 180 19 3 0 3
Kashi Heart to Heart Original (7 crackers)

120 3.5 85 22 4 0 3

I compared some other foods so to see the stats read more.

Food Calories Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (1 cup) 410 3.5 580 48 1 6 9
Annie's Shells & Aged Cheddar (1 cup) 280 4 530 46 2 5 10

Food Calories Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
DiGiorno Four Cheese Thin Crust Pizza (1/5 pizza, 130 g) 310 13 660 32 3 5 18
Amy's Kitchen Cheese Pizza (1/3 pizza, 123 g) 290 12 590 33 2 4 12

Food Calories Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
Ore Ida Golden Fries (84 g) 130 3.5 310 21 2 less than 1 2
Alexia Yukon Gold Julienne Fries (85 g) 130 3.5 180 22 2 0 2

Food Calories Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
Oreos (2 cookies) 107 4.6 126.7 16.7 .6 9.3 1.3
Newman's Own Organic Newman-O's (2 cookies) 130 4.5 85 20 1 10 2

As you can see, the healthier versions of these processed foods are generally better for you when it comes to calories and sodium. I didn't list the ingredients, but the healthier versions contain less junk, which also makes them worth the splurge.

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