Pre Packaged Foods

Reporter: Marguerite McKinnon

With most of us eating on the run and short on time, finding healthy packaged foods on the supermarket shelves can be a hit and miss affair. Now a solution: a list of the top 100 healthiest packaged foods. Felicity Percival is editor of Women's Health magazine. Sharon Natoli is a dietician with Nutrition Australia. Together they've put every packaged food item to the test.

Anything from frozen to dairy, canned foods, chips, even hot chocolate. Here's the best of the Top 100 in the most popular categories. Sharon says: "The Philadelphia Extra Light Cream Cheese is significantly lower in fact and lower in kilojules compared to other spreads like butter and margarine."

"Significantly lower in fact than margarine and butter so good choice. Good choice!" adds Felicity.

"The Greenseas lime and cracked black pepper tuna as chosen because it's lower in salt compared to many other tunas" says Sharon.

"We picked the SPC two fruits in juice because of the higher fruit content of the product and the higher fibre content compared to other canned fruits."

"We picked the McCain Healthy Choice Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli because of the higher vegetable content. Quick and easy meal."

"We picked the Freedom Foods Baked Corn Chips because they're significantly lower in fat and salt compared to other corn chips and we all love to have a crunchy snack."

"Uncle Toby's Oats. there just oats so a great whole grain, full of B Vitamins and energy. A great choice for breakfast."

"Some people might be surprised but in the chocolate category we chose the Lindt Dark Chocolate because of its high content, high cocoa content. The more cocoa, the higher the anti oxidants which are good for you."

"In the drinks category one of the products we chose was the Schweppes Lemon and Soda. It's half the sugar content compared to regular soft drinks and therefore half the kilojules."

"We chose the Nestle 99% Fat Free Double Blend Chocolate. Everyone loves a hot chocolate in Winter. This one's lower in kilojules and lower in additives."

Want something healthier? Try white tea. "That is the new buzz drink that everyone' drinking because it's high in antioxidants so that's a good thing" says Felicity.

A list for busy people...who don't have time to study labels. "We know the healthy foods are the ones with the single ingredient, you know your apples your pears your berries and your eggs and meat and that sort of thing but it certainly can make it quick and easy if you combine fresh food with packaged foods. You can throw together healthy foods very quickly" adds Sharon.

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You can download the Top 100 list of pre-packaged foods here.

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