At Gousto, we believe home cooking is the healthy option. We know we have a responsibility as we feed more and more mouths to ensure that we’re empowering our customers to make healthy choices. Healthy shouldn’t be boring, healthy should be varied, balanced and most importantly delicious. We’re constantly working to offer more choices with more healthy options, whatever your health goals are, and making little tweaks to improve our health credentials. Here’s a few key initiatives that we’ve been working on so far this year:
You’ve been asking us for more veg and now all of our recipes have at least one of your 5 a day and more than 50% of our recipes contain 2 or more of your 5 a day.
And it’s not just 5 a day we’ve been increasing, we’ve also been focusing on increasing ‘Visible veg’. Visible veg portions, unlike 5 a day, excludes veg that don’t necessarily feel like they contribute to veg intake such as onions, tomato paste and tinned pulses, and instead is made up of more obvious veg like salad, greens, peppers etc. We’ve been increasing the portion size of veg to get them there as well as adding to side veg portions, side salads and reworking recipes to incorporate more veg. It’s been a lot of behind the scenes work, coming to your dinner table soon!
Launched Calorie Controlled
You’ll have seen we launched our Calorie Controlled collection in March, designed to help you find our lower calorie options, these recipes <10g saturated fat, contain 2 visible veg portions and are all <600 calories , including all the customer added ingredients such as oil, butter, salt etc.
As part of our Calorie Controlled collection we launched our ‘Lighter’ recipe range; lighter twists on classic recipes including Lighter Sesame Chicken ‘Katsu’ With Edamame Rice, Lighter Broccoli-Topped Smoky Fish Pie and Lighter ‘Creamy’ Mushroom Gnocchi. These are at least 30% lower in calories and/or fat than their standard equivalent!
Updated Healthy Choices criteria
We’ve levelled up our offering of Healthy Choices, ensuring these all contain at least a minimum of 2 of your 5 a day so that these feel more nutritious and balanced. These recipes are also always <750 calories, <12g saturated fat and <3g salt, including any customer added ingredients.
What else is new?
WHO salt guidelines
Earlier this year the World Health Organization (WHO) reviewed current salt targets from different countries to establish global benchmarks for sodium levels in foods. The goal is to reduce the average salt intake across the population by 30%, to <5g salt/<2g sodium per day. This reduction in salt could lead to reduced blood pressure and subsequently a reduced risk of heart disease, linked to 3 million avoidable deaths worldwide.
What does it mean for Gousto?
We’re always working to ensure our ingredients are better for you, while never compromising on flavour (you’ll have noticed our move to stock powders which not only have a better flavour, they also contain half as much salt as our old stock cubes did!). We analysed all of our ingredients against these new guidelines and because we already follow Public Health England guidelines for salt reductions and these were included in the WHO salt target review, there were no big surprises, with most of our ingredients still well within limits.