Great flavor but questionable nutritional values and ingredients
Sep 9, 2013
Disclaimer: I purchase these beans locally so my review will be confined to the actual product. Variable factors like pricing, shipping and shelf shelf life of a received product are outside of the scope of this review.
I cannot fault the flavor of these beans. They are delicious and have a wonderful texture and plumpness that I have come to expect from Goya. They are perfect as a side dish and could be a simple entree with additional ingredients.
Where this falls short is some ingredients and a fairly high level of sodium. The ingredients that are questionable are monosodium glutamate (MSG) and propylene glycol (the latter is relatively benign and is used in the smoke flavoring, but can cause allergic reactions in some people.) Moreover, if you are a vegetarian or conform to Kosher or halal diets the 'ham flavor' may be a problem. It does not say on the can if it's a concocted flavor or the real thing. One final ingredient that may cause a red flag is the soybean oil, which is an allergen for some folks.
Nutritionally this fares better than most canned products with sauces, but there are a few things you need to know if you have dietary restrictions. First, the calories per half cup serving are at a reasonable 110 per serving. Fifteen of those, however, are from fat which comes in at 1.5 grams. What is a red flag is the 450mg of sodium per serving. That level is not particularly bad for a product like this, but if you are watching your sodium intake you need to be aware of that level.
Overall, if you have no dietary restrictions and do not observe any particular diets this is a delicious side dish. It is easy to prepare and goes with a wide range of entrees.
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Mike Tarrani (mtarrani)
My day job is in the technology sector as an IT consultant specializing in ITIL, and specifically, configuration, change and release management. I've traveled the world as a consultant before moving … more
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