Digesting The Label is a series that takes a look at what exactly is in the food that we're buying and eating from a nutritional standpoint. Every two weeks, we'll examine a food and help determine whether or not it's all it's cut out to be .. or in some cases, even better for us than we thought. This week, we're looking at sodium in chicken noodle soup cans and packages.
Nothing will ever replace your mother's homemade chicken noodle soup, but boxed and canned versions have become good substitutes, especially with cold and flu season on the horizon.
When it comes to chicken noodle, a classic feel-better soup, not only do you have a variety of options available to you at the grocery store, but you also have different styles. These days you can find everything from chunky soups to condensed soups to even vegan versions. And just like every other soup brand out there, you will also finds labels with mention of less sodium, fewer calories and organic.
This week, we took a look at some of the most popular store-bought chicken noodle soup brands and noticed a few things. For starters, anything on the label that makes it seem healthier is true for the most part — especially when you look at other types of the same soup from the same brand. For example, Campbell's Healthy Request version of chicken noodle soup has roughly half the amount of salt as the regular can.
But we all know taste is also important. When you probably are eating "healthier" with a low-sodium soup, according to this Taste Test from Huffpost Food, some soups that were organic or low in fat did not taste the best compared to more traditional ones.
In fact, in their taste test, Campbell's soups came out at the top for taste.
Check out the list below and let us know, did your favourite brand make the list?