Make THIS! Not THAT!: Cream of Mushroom Soup

Make THIS!

 

CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP

Cream of Mushroom soup is a delicious and a healthy meal when it’s made with wholesome ingredients, not processed chemicals that are condensed and then put in can to last on a shelf indefinitely.

All you need are some mushrooms, chicken stock, some onions, cream and a little sherry to give it that extra yum!

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SOUPFood Facts Grade:  F

Unfortunately I know many of you are still falling for the marketing claim that Fat Free is healthier or a better choice for you, when in fact, quite the opposite is true!  It takes 34 ingredients to make Fat Free Cream of Mushroom soup, according to Campbell’s.  Most of which, as you can see in bold, is hidden MSG, oil, emulsifiers and natural flavors.

Ingredients (34):

Water, Mushroom(s), Corn Oil, Cream, Food Starch Modified, Vegetable(s) Oil, Canola Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Soybean(s) Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Salt, Soybean(s) Oil, Buttermilk Sweet Cream, Wheat Flour, Corn Starch, Butter, Cream Powder, Garlic Dehydrated, Onion(s) Dehydrated, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Butter Enzyme Modified, Flavor(s), Butter Oil Lipolyzed, Maltodextrin, Monosodium Glutamate, Milk Non-Fat Dry, Potassium Chloride, Soy Protein Concentrate, Spice(s) Extractive, Yeast Extract, Flavor(s) Butter, Butter Oil, Lactic Acid, Oleic Acid

Oil:  The mere fact that veg oil is in the soup is bad enough, but add to it Canola, Cottonseed AND Soybean is outrageous!   All these oils are most likely derived from genetically modified plants.  But I’m going to take this one step further and discuss:

Soy Protein Concentrate:  This is a chemical waste product, as a matter of fact the FDA doesn’t even recognize it as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) which as well all know, the FDA hands that label out quite freely.

  • “FDA does not currently list soy protein concentrate in its regulations. However, FDA does not object to the use of soy protein concentrate at levels up to 3.5 percent. In a letter to FSIS, dated January 15 1999, FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition said that “while FDA has not ruled formally on the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status of soy protein, it has not challenged determinations that such use is GRAS.”  Source:  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FRPubs/94-015DF.htm.
  • But it gets worse. The soy bean itself is dangerous. Even the soy industry admits that soy products contain toxins. These toxins are usually referred to as “anti-nutrients” because they make it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients. Soy is rich in the anti-nutrient phytic acid. Phytic acid binds with iron and zinc, which are essential for the health of the brain and nervous system.  That means the body can’t use the iron and zinc it has — or copper, calcium, and magnesium. Too many phytates retard growth in children.”  Source:  http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org/articles2/billion.htm

Soybean protein concentrate is a chemical (in my opinion) that should be avoided like the plague.  When you see soy protein concentrate on the ingredients list be very careful.

Flavoring:  Again, flavoring can  mean virtually anything.  And it usually contains hidden MSG.  Food manufacturers can legally label a food as having NO MSG as long as there is no monosodium glutamate in there.  However, MSG hides in over 40 other ingredients, including natural flavorings.

Yeast Extract:  Again, a coverup for MSG

Do yourself a favor and keep the can on the shelf where it belongs.  Let the major food manufacturers know WITH YOUR DOLLARS that these Cream of Chemical soups aren’t worth the convenience they offer.

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Comments

  1. Good post. the world of organic’ food is an interesting one. We seem to be willing to pay more for food that is labeled organic but then we’re not even sure what that means. I think marketing can get a bad reputation from examples like this where products are labeled’ just so they can sell without real facts and information. We must always guard our integrity and be sure to put the customer first.

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