Here Are The Best And Worst Meatloafs At The Grocery Store

Here Are The Best And Worst Meatloafs At The Grocery Store

Is Christmas approaching and you ran out of time to make your homemade meat pies? No matter, several ready-to-heat options are now available in grocery stores. Summary of the best options!

OUR ANALYSIS

We analyzed 22 meat pies and standardized the serving to 180 g (1/7 to 1/3 of a pie depending on variety).

Per serving, nutritional values ​​vary:

  • 216 to 648 calories
  • 8 to 42 g fat (4 to 16 g saturated fat)
  • 14 to 47 g of carbohydrates (1 to 4 g of sugars)
  • 510 to 794 mg sodium (22% to 35% DV)
  • 7 to 26 g of protein

the best options

Pork and beef empanada, Ricardo


Homemade Canadian tourtiere (holiday meatloaf) on a white wooden background, top view.  Flat lay, overhead, from above.  Copy-space.

Photo provided by Isabelle Huot

This pâté is the lowest in calories (216 calories), in lipids (8 g), in saturated fat (4 g) and in carbohydrates (14 g) on ​​the test bench. It is also one of the least rich in sodium (485 mg of sodium), that is, 25% less salty than the average. Its sugar content (2 g) is also below average. The ingredient list is relatively short, but it does contain two food additives (L-cysteine ​​hydrochloride and xylanase). Small drawback: its protein content (14 g) is below average, 24% less.

Meatloaf, La cuisine à Christine


Homemade Canadian tourtiere (holiday meatloaf) on a white wooden background, top view.  Flat lay, overhead, from above.  Copy-space.

Photo provided by Isabelle Huot

This product has a protein content (21 g) higher than the average of all the products analyzed and is among the lowest in sodium (514 mg). Although its saturated fat content (10 g) is comparable to average, it contains 46% less saturated fat than the pâté with the highest content in this test, and its fat content (27 g) remains below average. . Also, the ingredient list is short, but it does contain some food additives (sodium pyrophosphate, citric acid, xanthan). This product is also gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, peanut-free and nut-free, which is a plus for allergy or intolerant people.

commitments

Vegetarian “Tourtière”, St-Hubert


Homemade Canadian tourtiere (holiday meatloaf) on a white wooden background, top view.  Flat lay, overhead, from above.  Copy-space.

Photo provided by Isabelle Huot

After Ricardo’s pate, this is the option with the lowest fat content (18 g) and saturated fat (6 g). Its caloric content (385 calories) and sugar (2 g) is also slightly below average. However, two things make it lose points: its sodium content (660 mg) is above average, and the ingredient list contains palm oil and dextrose, which makes it lose some points.

Pork Pie, President’s Choice


Homemade Canadian tourtiere (holiday meatloaf) on a white wooden background, top view.  Flat lay, overhead, from above.  Copy-space.

Photo provided by Isabelle Huot

The nutritional values ​​of this product are reasonable. It is the pate richest in protein (26 g) of all the products analyzed and one of the least rich in calories (370 calories), lipids (19 g) and sugar (1 g). Its saturated fat (8 g) and sodium (590 mg) content is also below average. What a pity that its list of ingredients is disappointing, due in particular to the presence of palm oil butter and dextrose.

the worst choices

Tourtierre, Selection


Homemade Canadian tourtiere (holiday meatloaf) on a white wooden background, top view.  Flat lay, overhead, from above.  Copy-space.

Photo provided by Isabelle Huot

This pâté is one of the richest in protein (22 g), however it is the richest in lipids (42 g), saturated fat (16 g) and calories (648 calories) in the test bench. Its sodium content (710 mg) is also above average.

Smoked Meat Pork Pie, Bad Wolves


Homemade Canadian tourtiere (holiday meatloaf) on a white wooden background, top view.  Flat lay, above, from above.  Copy-space.

Photo provided by Isabelle Huot

This option is the second highest in fat (41 g), saturated fat (15 g), and calories (620 calories) in the test bed and contains the same sodium content (710 mg) as the previous option, which is below above average.

Frozen meatloaf, St-Hubert


Homemade Canadian tourtiere (holiday meatloaf) on a white wooden background, top view.  Flat lay, overhead, from above.  Copy-space.

Photo provided by Isabelle Huot

This product is the third richest in fat (39 g) and its saturated fat content (14 g) is also above average, as is its sodium content (685 mg). Its protein content (19 g) is slightly above average, but we highlight the presence of palm oil in the list of ingredients.

Tourtière, gastronomic pleasures


Homemade Canadian tourtiere (holiday meatloaf) on a white wooden background, top view.  Flat lay, above, from above.  Copy-space.

Photo provided by Isabelle Huot

This tourtière is the richest in sodium (794 mg of sodium) of all the products analyzed. It is once again one of the products richest in protein (22 g), but it is also high in calories (500 calories). Also, the ingredient list contains modified palm oil.

In general, meat pies are high in fat and salt, so one serving is enough to leave room for other traditional holiday dishes.

Merry Christmas !

Thanks to isabel simbolinutrition intern, for their invaluable collaboration.


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