Have you ever read the ingredients on a can of Campbell's Cream of....Soup? I hadn't until today...Wow! Lately I have been paying more attention to WHERE my food comes from and WHAT unnecessary ingredients are in it, in other words, what words can I pronounce?? According to the Campbell's Food Service website, a can of Cream of Chicken Soup consists of:
Chicken Stock, Water, Vegetable Oil, Modified Food Starch, Wheat Flour, Cream (Milk), Contains Less Than 2% Of: Salt, Dehydrated Cooked Chicken, Soy Protein Concentrate, Monosodium Glutamate, Chicken Fat, Yeast Extract, Flavoring, Beta Carotene for Color, Chicken Flavor, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, Butter (Milk).
I started by trying to figure out what some of the ingredients were that didn't sound like stuff I eat!
Modified food starch is a chemically altered food ingredient made from starch. Because many starches may contain gluten or have been contaminated with gluten, be on the look out for this ingredient in many of the foods sold today if you are eliminating gluten from your diet.
How It's Made
There are numerous ways that food starch can be modified; the method varies based on the starch itself and on what it will be used for. These are some methods of producing a modified starch:
- Treating it with acid
- Roasting it
- Treating it with sodium hydroxide
- Treating it with potassium hydroxide
- Adding a positive electrical charge
- Treating it with emulsifiers
- Treating it with starch ether
What the hell?? Okay....moving along...Next...
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that's "generally recognized as safe," the use of MSG remains controversial. For this reason, when MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that it be listed on the label.
According to the truth in labeling, the risks associated with ingestion of (or even contact with) monosodium glutamate and other ingredients that contain MSG are simple and straightforward:
Endocrine disorders (obesity and reproductive disorders)
Chicken Fat ...Umm....YUCK!!! I throw all of that away when I cook and debone chicken!!
A known side effect of ingesting beta carotene is a yellow or orange discoloration of the skin. Commonly, this discoloration is found in the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
Cream of mushroom – cook up some chopped mushrooms in the butter, then sprinkle with the flour and proceed. I'm making this sometime this week as well.
Cream of celery – soften finely chopped celery in the butter, then proceed.
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