In one serving of Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli there are nearly 400 calories per serving and 1600 milligrams of sodium. The sodium content is more than your daily allowances, as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Canned beef ravioli is low on the nutrition scale and doesn’t offer much in terms of health. There are 14 grams of fat, of which 6 grams are saturated, and 13 mg of cholesterol. Beef ravioli does not offer anything of real value, especially to those trying to lose weight and keep it off. The only nutrient of value in a serving of beef ravioli may be the trace minerals and vitamins. There is a trace amount of vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as iron and calcium. Other than that, there is not much in terms of nutrition in a can of beef ravioli.
The only healthy alternative is to make your own ravioli and cut the calories in half or more. Using whole grain or whole wheat pasta and lean meat will reduce the calorie content by over half. A light and homemade sauce will eliminate most of the sodium and provide a more natural taste to the ravioli.
For those wanting to shed a few pounds, canned beef ravioli should not be on the menu, but healthy alternatives made at home can be. If you do not want to make your own ravioli pasta pouches, opt for pre-made whole grain noodle alternatives.
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