Soup is truly the perfect food for all seasons and all meals, in sickness and in health. But what are you getting into when you reach for that can on the shelf? There are several problems with canned soup:

Flavor Enhancers

Ah yes, monosodium glutamate, aka MSGs. You know those scientific experiments where they compare an overweight mouse to a mouse of normal weight? Ever wonder where they found a fat mouse?? The mouse didn’t come like that. The scientists literally fed it MSGs, the chemical proven to cause weight gain faster and more effectively than anything else. This is the same chemical found in 90% of processed foods! And it’s especially abundant in canned soups. Look out for “natural flavoring” and “hydrolyzed vegetable protein” on the nutritional info. Generally speaking, if your mother can’t pronounce or recognize an ingredient, it is no bueno!

BPA

Not so fun fact: the liner of most soups contains significant levels of BPA, the synthetic chemical known to produce unhealthy xenoestrogens in the body. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, people who consumed canned soup for lunch five times a week had detectable levels of BPA, as opposed to those who ate homemade soup. Laura Vandenberg, PhD, of Tufts University, says that kind of dramatic increase in BPA levels is “unlike anything we’ve ever seen.” Soupergirl containers, however, are BPA free!

Sodium

That 800 – 900 + milligrams of sodium you see on canned soups’ nutritional labels? Double it. Most labels apply the nutritional information to an 8-ounce serving, and when’s the last time you’ve eaten a half-can of soup? And who needs up to 2,000 mg of sodium in their diet?? Not only does it leave you bloated, it can lead to a heart attack and stroke. Don’t be salty.

Moral of the story: Always read the nutritional labels. And avoid canned soups in favor of local companies like Soupergirl — your health will thank you for it!

 

Why eat local? Here’s a few reasons:

  • Keep real farmers in business. Farmers are awesome. Their wisdom spans the gamut; from a deep understanding of the natural world to fixing a flat tire on a Soupergirl truck. Where would we be without them?? Stuck on the side of the highway, that’s where.
  • Conserve energy. The average food has traveled 1,500 miles to get from the farm to your plate! To put that in context, it’s like hiking down to Raleigh NC, and heading due west on I-40 until 1500 miles later you’re in the Texas panhandle, 25 miles west of Amarillo. Yee-ha!!
  • Preserve the natural landscape. Whenever you buy a product that sources from local farms (like Soupergirl), you’re fueling an economy that prevents all that beautiful farmland from turning into a local Quickee-Buy-Multi-Mall-Shop-or-Die-Zone. And that is very good.

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