Prevention magazine reveals 100 cleanest packaged foods


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Eats_PackagedFoods_FeaturedMost of us don’t have time to make whole-wheat pasta from scratch or use all fresh ingredients for every meal. It’s just not realistic. In addition to being healthy, we often need our meals to be fairly convenient — and that means using packaged foods.

With the myriad of products out there and all the confusing labels slapped across their packaging, it can be challenging to choose the healthiest option. Thankfully, Prevention.com has made it easier with its third annual Cleanest Packaged Food Awards, presented to the tastiest heart-healthy foods with the cleanest ingredients.

A panel of editors and experts chose the top 100 packaged food products that met the following criteria:

  • Does not contain GMO ingredients (brownie points to those bearing the “Non-GMO Project Verified Seal,” which denotes foods that have been vetted through the nonprofit Non-GMO Project)
  • Has no more than 10 grams of added sugar
  • Has less than 200 milligrams of sodium per serving (or 400 milligrams for meals)
  • All cans must be BPA-free
  • All fish must be sustainable, based on Monterey Bay Aquarium seafood criteria
  • All foods had to be absolutely delicious


"These 100 winners prove that packaged doesn't have to mean ultra-processed, and that convenient can also be healthy,” said Siobhan O'Connor, executive editor of Prevention magazine and Prevention.com.

Readers can browse through the list by meal (e.g., breakfast, lunch and dinner), food category (e.g., grains and pasta, and snacks) and special criteria (e.g., certified organic, gluten-free and high-fiber). Awarded products included everything from deli meat and frozen pizza to quinoa, peanut butter and coffee.

We were happy to see some of our go-to brands on the list, such as Kashi, Amy’s Organic, Applegate Farms and Trader Joe’s. Check out some of the winners below, and click here for the full list.


  • Kashi 7 whole-grain flakes
  • Stonyfield Greek yogurt
  • Organic Valley Reduced Fat Milk
  • Egg-land’s Best Organic eggs
  • Justin’s Classic Almond Butter



  • Eden Organic Black Beans
  • Amy’s Organic Spicy Chili
  • Applegate Farms Organic roasted turkey breast
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Low-Sodium Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup
  • Applegate Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog
  • Organic Girl Fresh Herbs & Greens



  • Amy’s Light-in-Sodium Indian Mattar Paneer
  • Amy’s Light-in-Sodium Single-Serve Spinach Pizza
  • Organic Prairie Grass-fed Ground Beef 85/15
  • Applegate Farms Organic Chicken Strips


Grains and pastas:

  • Eats_QuinoaMacNCheeseAncient Harvest Quinoa Mac & Cheese
  • Dave’s Gourmet Red Heirloom Organic Pasta Sauce



  • Gimme! Coffee Organic Beans
  • Numi Organic Jasmine Green Tea



  • Trader Joe’s Organic Popping Corn
  • Kettle Brand Bakes Potato Chips, Sea Salt
  • Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
  • Chocolove Almonds & Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate
  • Annie’s Organic Honey Bunny Grahams


Eats_WhollyGuacamoleCondiments and dips:

  • Heinz Organic Tomato Ketchup
  • Wholly Guacamole Organic Guacamole
  • Tribe Hummus
  • Muir Glen Organic Salsa


Kitchen essentials:

  • Organic Valley Pasture Butter
  • Earthbound Farm Frozen Organic Kale