Chef Boyardee is one of the numerous brands that make up ConAgra Foods conglomerate. Many of the Chef Boyardee products are canned pastas, such as spaghetti and ravioli. One of the ravioli products Chef Boyardee manufactures is Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli.
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Ingredients and Serving
Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli is a canned pasta served in a tomato and meat sauce. The main ingredients are tomatoes, water, ground beef and enriched wheat macaroni product with fortified protein made with casein. For those with allergy concerns, it also contains milk and soy. This product is sold already cooked; it only needs to be heated prior to serving.
A Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli can has a serving size of one cup and contains 224 calories per serving. The United States Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. This means that one can of Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli contains over 10 percent of the total calories the USDA suggests the average person take in on a daily basis.
Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli has 7 grams of fat. Each gram of fat has nine calories, so 63 calories come from fat. There are 3 grams of saturated fat, about 14 percent of the daily recommended value. The USDA recommends a low saturated fat intake because saturated fat is linked to health issues such as cardiovascular disease.
There are 8 grams of protein in a serving. Protein has four calories per gram, so 33 calories in this product are from protein. The USDA guidelines for protein intake suggest the average person eat 91 grams of protein daily. This dish provides just over 11 percent of the daily recommend value.
Carbohydrates also have four calories per gram. Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli has 33 grams of carbohydrate, which equals 132 calories. There is one gram of fiber per serving, or 5 percent of the USDA recommended value. With only one gram of fiber per serving, this is not a significant source of fiber. There are 5 grams of sugar per serving in this product.
The biggest dietary concern with Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli is the sodium content. There are over 900 mg of sodium in one serving, almost 40 percent of the USDA's daily recommended value. When this amount is factored into the rest of the daily menu, a person eating one serving of this dish would need to consume an additional 1,776 calories, or 86 percent of their daily total, while only taking in another 60 percent of the daily recommended value for sodium.
Eating this meal increases the likelihood of high sodium intake. A high sodium diet is a contributing factor to high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for stroke, heart disease and heart failure, according to the USDA.