Switching over to supermarket brand products from higher-cost brands is a great way to bring down our overall grocery bills, but are they worth the switch when it comes to quality, nutrition, and flavor?
In this article, I will be putting Tesco Baked Beans to the test against Heinz Baked Beans to find out what’s the difference between the two and whether the switch to a cheaper product is worth it nutritionally.
Read on to see the complete comparison in various categories, including nutrition and cost. Also, let us know which you prefer by participating in our voting poll later in this article.
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An excellent way to find the actual difference between products is by comparing the main ingredients to determine if one has more to offer than the other.
In the case of Tesco Baked Beans Vs. Heinz, the main ingredient of both kinds of beans, is, of course, beans, but Heinz’s have a slightly higher ratio.
The second-highest ingredient in Heinz Beans is tomatoes (34%), whereas the second-highest ingredient is water and then tomato purée, which would suggest there’s more sauce in Tesco’s beans than the brand favorite.
Each brand of beans has its own added ingredients for flavor, including sugar and salt.
|Tesco Baked Beans Ingredients||Heinz Baked Beans Ingredients|
|Haricot beans (49%), Water, Tomato Purée (20%), Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Onion Powder, Paprika, Maltodextrin, Colour (Paprika Extract), Flavouring (Clove Extract, Capsicum Extract).||Beans (51%), Tomatoes (34%), Water, Sugar, Spirit Vinegar, Modified Corn Flour, Salt, Spice Extracts, Herb Extract|
Tesco Baked Beans Vs. Heinz Nutritional Comparison
Moving onto the nutritional comparison, it’s important to note that a can of Tesco Baked beans weighs 420g, whereas a can of Heinz Beans weighs 415g, so I’ll be comparing the two kinds of baked beans per 100g to make sure the comparison is fair and accurate.
Best for Calorie Content
The first nutritional comparison is calories, and although they’re pretty similar, Heinz Beans contain six calories less per 100g than Tesco brand beans.
The recommended serving of baked beans is half a standard can, which means Heinz Beans come in at a respectable 168kcal per serving.
|Baked Beans Type||Calories Per 100g|
|Tesco Baked Beans||87kcal|
|Heinz Baked Beans||81kcal|
Best for Carbohydrate Content
If carbohydrate content is important to you, Tesco beans are slightly lower in carbs per weight than Heinz, although neither brand would be considered a low-carb food.
|Baked Beans Type||Carbohydrates Per 100g|
|Tesco Baked Beans||14.1g|
|Heinz Baked Beans||15.5g|
Best for Sugar Content
Baked beans are known for being relatively high in added sugar, which is an ingredient added to give the flavor we know and love.
When comparing Tesco and Heinz brand beans, Heinz is the slightly better option with 0.4g less sugar per 100g of beans than Tesco.
|Baked Beans Type||Sugars Per 100g|
|Tesco Baked Beans||4.7g|
|Heinz Baked Beans||4.3g|
Best for Protein Content
If the protein content in baked beans is an important consideration for you, both are very similar, but Heinz is the winner of this category, with 0.3g more protein than Tesco beans per 100g.
|Baked Beans Type||Protein Per 100g|
|Tesco Baked Beans||4.5g|
|Heinz Baked Beans||4.8g|
Best for Fat Content
Both Tesco and Heinz beans are very low in fat, but if you have to choose a winner between the two, Heinz is the slightly better option with 0.2g less fat per 100g than Tesco brand beans.
|Baked Beans Type||Fat Per 100g||Of Which Are Saturates|
|Tesco Baked Beans||0.6g||0.1g|
|Heinz Baked Beans||0.4g||0.1g|
Best for Fiber Content
Baked beans are known for being high in fiber, and both brands contain similar amounts of dietary fiber; however, Heinz wins the category because they have 0.2g more than Tesco beans per 100g.
|Baked Beans Type||Dietary Fibre Per 100g|
|Tesco Baked Beans||3.7g|
|Heinz Baked Beans||3.9g|
Best for Salt Content
Salt is another ingredient added to baked beans to enhance the flavor and prevent them from being too bland; both types of beans contain relatively high amounts of salt per serving, with Heinz containing slightly more salt per 100g than Tesco.
|Baked Beans Type||Salt Per 100g|
|Tesco Baked Beans||0.5g|
|Heinz Baked Beans||0.6g|
Best for Flavor/Texture
After reading through reviews for both kinds of beans, what stands out for both brands is the reviews are very mixed of people who either love them or hate them.
When it comes to flavor and texture, this is a subjective comparison, so to get an accurate picture of your favorite, we need to poll our readers to find out which you like best.
Use the poll below to tell us which beans you prefer, and once you vote, you’ll be able to see the percentages so far.
Best for Price
The winner of best for price between Tesco Baked Beans and Heinz is unsurprisingly Tesco.
At the time of writing, a standard 420g can of Tesco Beans costs £0.35 each or four for £1.20, compared to a 415g can of Heinz Beans, which costs an average of £1.00 per can or £3.00 for a four-pack.
This information shows that Tesco Beans are much cheaper than Heinz Beans, with four offer cans costing only a little more than one individual can of Heinz.
The comparisons are now all complete, and the beans brand that won in the most categories is – Heinz!
Heinz came top for calories, sugar, protein, fat, and fiber. However, it’s important to note that there was only a very slight difference between the two in many categories, so it really comes down to which you like best and whether the cost benefits outweigh the subtle nutritional differences.
|Comparison Category||Winner (Tesco Beans or Heinz Beans)|
|Best for Calorie Content||Heinz Beans|
|Best for Carbohydrate Content||Tesco Beans|
|Best for Sugar Content||Heinz Beans|
|Best for Protein Content||Heinz Beans|
|Best for Fat Content||Heinz Beans|
|Best for Fiber Content||Heinz Beans|
|Best for Salt Content||Tesco Beans|
|Best for Price||Tesco Beans|
|Overall Winner||Heinz Beans|
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References Used for this Article
To ensure the nutritional information used in this article is accurate, I have used data from the manufacturer; the links below contain the source information: