Healthy or Unhealthy soups?
If there is anything that gets my goat it is a misleading ad and misleading claims on packaging. Of late some “Healthy Soups” have been launched in the market. But I would like to know whether they are healthy as compared to other synthetic soups…or to home-made soups? The impression the advertising and the packaging gives is that the soups are simply ‘healthy’ and this is an ambiguous statement. It implies that these soups come near to the healthiness of home-made soups. But you can decide for yourself how healthy these soups actually are.
Well, milk does seem to be present in these soups, but what about the other ingredients? The ingredient that is present in the largest quantity in Badam Soup for example is sugar! (The ingredients are listed in order of the quantity in which they are present). That is a big negative in my opinion. This is followed by milk powder (a positive) and then potato starch (negative) and 14 percent almond bits. Again, 14 percent is not too bad, but when I look at the other ingredients like maltodextrin, salt, edible vegetable oil, flavour enhancer, mixed spices, acidifying agent, thickening agent and wheat gluten I don’t see where the ‘healthiness’ is coming from. Okay, so these soups are not unhealthy as compared to some other trash available in the market…but why go as far as to call them ‘healthy’? Perhaps comparing the soup present to other synthetic soups would have been more honest.
But that was one of the better soups. Look at this one, the spinach soup. Milk powder seems to be the only nutritive ingredient here. True, they have roasted dal and tomato powder, and spinach flakes as well. But this comes after the sugar, milk powder, salt and potato powder so you can decide how much of it is actually present in your cuppa! Oh yes, don’t forget the additional flavours that have been included, probably to give the soups a spinach like taste.
And these are the ingredients of mixed vegetable soup. 😦 Wheat flour (which means maida), salt, milk solids ( a positive), edible vegetable oil, corn starch. Sure, carrot flakes, peas and cabbage bits are present too, but in smaller quantities. This soup has added flavourings.
The dal soup is slightly better than the others. Dal and tomato powder seem to be the main ingredients. The rest…well not too good…but at least the dal and the tomato are present in abundant quantities and gives authenticity to the claim that the soup is a Dal Tomato soup. But again, there are not only additional flavours present, but also colours. Even if the colours used are ‘natural’ colours, they give the impression that more of a certain ingredient is present than it actually is, and so I’m against it. The government has banned the use of colours in Tomato ketchup, so why can’t colours be banned in tomato soup as well?
And although nutrition information is given on the pack, I am not impressed. I feel more information should have been given, like the vitamin and mineral values. But ofcourse this is not mandatory by law.
Also, to be fair to the company there are some ingredients which are in high in water content (like tomato and vegetables) and in their dried form they are bound to be present in a lesser quantity than say, sugar. But all those flavour enhancers, thickening agents, acidifying agents, maida, white sugar, and colours definitely do not make these soups ‘healthy’ soups.
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