Fall is here! What could be better on a cold, drizzly day than a bowl of hot soup?
Get out your magnifying glass. Some of these labels are tiny.
Let’s start with an all-time favorite: chicken noodle. Good for what ails you. Comfort food, and what Mom always fed you when you were sick.
No corn syrup, which is good, but it contains modified food starch which may or may not have corn, so it’s out for my pal.
How about the Healthy Choice version? It’s Healthy and Delicious, right?
Ack! HFCS! And modified food starch as well. And look, down at the bottom – beef extract! I don’t eat red meat, so this is out for me, not just for my friend.
What about those little foil packets that Mom used to add to boiling water?
Corn syrup. And MSG! And cornstarch, and natural flavor…never mind.
Back to Campbell’s. They sure have a lot of different products. Here’s the Chunky Style:
Better, but it’s got modified food starch again, so no.
Hey, how about that organic soup that comes in a box?
Corn starch. Twice. Sigh.
I looked at Progresso. We’re getting picture heavy so I won’t post it, but it had corn protein and modified food starch, so it’s out. There’s one more Campbell’s to look at: 100% natural Healthy Request. I am dubious about the “natural” label, since it’s basically meaningless. But we’ll take a look.
Ta-da! No corn! Little bit of sugar, but it’s way down in the list. I don’t love the natural flavoring either, but this is something I could serve my friend.
Of course, homemade is even better. I put green chile in mine.
On to other flavors…
I checked out another childhood favorite – Campbell’s Vegetarian Vegetable (the regular vegetable has beef stock). It’s got corn syrup. The only other vegetable soup I spotted, Progresso, also had corn.
Next: Tomato soup. What could be simpler?
Campbell’s Healthy Request:
HFCS again. Tsk.
Well, they have a 100% natural version of this one too.
Much better. Only the natural flavoring bothers me.
Last choice: Pacific’s organic boxed soup.
Not bad. Some sugar. Otherwise OK.