Taste Test: Baked Beans
Essential Waitrose Baked Beans
HK$8.90 for 220 grams, Fusion by ParknShop
Served hot or cold, a can of these British-made beans is equal to one of your five fruit/veg portions a day. It also packs a good balance of carbs, protein and fibre and just a trace of fat - but loses points for its 460 milligrams of sodium.
Verdict: the beans have a good bite, and the sauce has a rich tomato flavour.
Ayam Brand Baked Beans Light
HK$7.90 for 230 grams, Fusion by ParknShop
These beans are "light" as they're lower in sugar and have 47 per cent less sodium (377mg per can) than regular baked beans from this Malaysian manufacturer.
Verdict: of the three brands, this has the biggest and mushiest beans, and the sauce is thin and tastes artificially sweet.
Heinz Beanz Organic
HK$22.90 for 415 grams, Fusion by ParknShop
Made in England, these beans cost more than the others, probably because they are organic but perhaps also because they contain the highest percentage of actual tomatoes (33 per cent).
Verdict: the beans are softer than Waitrose's, and the sauce is bland. But it's better to eat natural foods.