Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Soup with less Salt for Kids

Campbell's announced this week the company is going to reduce the amount of sodium in kid's soups like Dora and Batman.

According to ABC News:

The 12 soups for kids will have 480 milligrams per serving, which means the company can legally label them as healthy foods for the first time. "Your kids can enjoy Dora the Explorer even more," said Douglas R. Conant, Campbell's president and chief executive, said in an interview. "They'll be down to heart-healthy levels."

The sodium will be reduced by about 20 percent. Why is the company doing this? There is a push to make the soup healthier and it's a money making opportunity.

In 2003, it sold $100 million worth of reduced-sodium soups. Now, Campbell's says, the lower-salt soups are bringing in $650 million a year in retail sales.

I am feeling guilty right now because I never buy the reduced sodium soups. I tried one a few years ago and thought it tasted horrible. I really need to get over it and try some of the new reduced sodium soups. I don't need all that salt and my kids definitely don't. They won't even know the difference.

Do you buy low sodium soups? Which ones taste good?

-NewsAnchorMom Jen


Diane Vespa said...

I noticed that some of the Campbells soups such as Disney Cars even use whole wheat pasta, which really ups the protein and fiber content.

I buy a lot of the Healthy Choice soups, also. It might be a good idea to transition your kids to other soups beyond the "kids" varieties.

Sodium selector said...

It takes a while to get used to lower sodium products, but it is definitely worth it from a health perspective. Lower salt intake reduces the chance for high blood pressure and heart related problems. Eventually foods that you liked the flavor of before will start to taste salty.

Lowering sodium intake requires attention when purchasing ready made foods because we get about 80% of the sodium we consume from prepackaged products and restaurant foods.

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Maria said...

I almost always buy low-sodium soups or avoid the hassle and make my own. I don't really care for salty foods, and I hardly ever eat canned soup, so it hasn't been a problem for me.

newsanchormom.com said...

I would love to make my own soups. I haven't made that a priority,but I should. I am lucky to plan what we're eating for dinner by 7:00p.m.

Maria said...

We have a deep freezer, so I make LARGE batches of soups, stews and other meals, so I can avoid the fast food "trap" and have healthy (or maybe just healthier) meals on hand. It's worth one Saturday per month cooking up a storm!

newsanchormom.com said...

I love that idea Maria. I do have an extra frig in the garage. It has been filled with breast milk for the past year, but now it's about empty. I should really just get some recipes together and stick a bunch of stuff in there. Thanks for the idea! Maybe we should exchange some recipes?

Maria said...

I am happy to share. My girlfriends and I just did a swap a month or so ago, so I have some new ones to share too!

newsanchormom.com said...

Thanks Maria,
I will try posting a story on kid friendly recipes next week and encourage everyone to share!

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