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Baked Beans

We spill the beans on which brands to cook, and which to can.
Baked Beans

Whether you're packing for a camping trip or just looking for an easy side to go with your grilled steak or burger, baked beans are an ideal option-filled with protein and loads of fiber. But with so many varieties out there, which one do you choose? To find out which baked beans rank highest, we sat down recently and tried them all. Our rankings follow, with the beans ordered from best to worst...

Bush's Country Style
The best of the canned brands, Bush's Country Style has just the right amount of sweetness-with the slightest hint of honey flavor and a perfect ratio of plump beans to thick sauce.

CALORIES: 170
PROTEIN: 7 g
CARBS: 33 g
FAT: 1 g
FIBER: 7 g

Van Camp's Original
More like stew than baked beans, but still tasty-especially with the plentiful chunks of pork. Added spices make the beans seem as if they were cooked over a smoky campfire.

CALORIES: 140
PROTEIN: 7 g
CARBS: 30 g
FAT: 1 g
FIBER: 6 g

Heinz Vegetarian
When you pop the can, Heinz Vegetarian beans look promising-very thick and caramely. But the chunky sauce- which tastes of molasses and burnt sugar-doesn't deliver.

CALORIES: 140
PROTEIN: 6 g
CARBS: 27 g
FAT: 0.5 g
FIBER: 5 g

B&M Original
These tiny beans are bland with no hint of spices whatsoever. In fact, the only thing worth noting is the generous portions of fat and visible grease globules floating along the can's rim.

CALORIES: 170
PROTEIN: 7 g
CARBS: 31 g
FAT: 2 g
FIBER: 8 g

Bush's Boston Recipe
This dark, gooey mess has an overpowering blast of molasses flavor. Worse, the beans' sticky texture is so thick, it leaves a residue on your tongue and teeth that's similar to eating glue.

CALORIES: 170
PROTEIN: 6 g
CARBS: 32 g
FAT: 1.5 g
FIBER: 6 g

Campbell's
Baked beans, Mexican-style. These navy beans looked more refried than baked-dry, thick, and overcooked, with an odd plastic/chemical aftertaste. Definitely the worst of the group.

CALORIES: 160
PROTEIN: 5 g
CARBS: 29 g
FAT: 3 g
FIBER: 6 g

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