August 27, 2014

Campbell's and Knorr-Lipton Soup Companies - the Modern Day Salt Merchants

Salt is required in the human body because it helps maintain the right balance of fluids in your body; helps transmit nerve impulses and influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles.

We need some salt but not a lot of salt. Our ancestors, the cave men, for 60,000 years had very minimal salt. What salt they consumed came through eating meat, fruit and vegetables. And yet we survived as a species.

Consuming a lot of salt causes heart attacks, strokes, osteoporosis, kidney disorders, dehydration and swelling of the feet and ankles, digestive disorders and electrolyte and hormone imbalances.

The American Heart Association recommends that we intake only 1,500 milligrams of salt per day as an ideal.

The United States Department of Agriculture recommends a salt intake of less than 2,400 milligrams per day.

The food processing companies are money grubbers and infuse their products with fat, salt and sugar in an effort to make their products more desirable. Most of their products taste like crap without the addition of those three factors.

Knorr-Lipton Cup-A-Soup: 

The other day one of us was making Chicken Cup-A-Soup. This is a sort of snack scenario in which you heat up water to a boil and add a packet of Cup-A-Soup. And voila! You have soup. have sort of a soup and it is 3/4 of a cup or 6 ounces. This is just about 6 gulps if it has cooled down. 

And then we looked at the label on the back and found...

That this very little bit of soup contains 750 milligrams of salt or half of a reasonable salt intake for the day, which is outrageous.

Campbell's Chunky Soup - Steak and Potato

Campbells is sneaky. They don't state what the calories or fat or sugar or salt is per can. They hide it by giving you a figure of 250 milliliters. Given that the can is 540 milliliters and doesn't require the addition of water, you have no idea of how much of anything is in this can unless you stood at the store shelf with a calculator and started figuring this all out like an accountant.

This can of soup really contains 1458 mg of salt, which is your entire day's worth of salt if you are age 51 or older, or if you are black, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.

In other words if you eat this can of soup, you are being salt-bombed to the eyeballs.

Some of these companies are reluctantly coming out with lower sodium versions of
The Corporate Executive says:
You have some more salt and
I'll have some more money, please.
their products. They don't want to do this because without the salt these products often suck in taste and the company's sales drop. And its all about the money.

The average citizen has to step up to the plate and email processed food companies including Campbells and Knorr-Lipton. Tell them that you want greatly reduced sodium versions of their products. You can add your own salt if you want, which would be a whole lot less than these companies are adding.

Let these companies know that you are not happy with this salt load and that you want them to change and soon.

Speak up!

Campbells Soup 

Knorr-Lipton in Canada

God save us from the Corporations. Amen. 

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