Packet Soups

9 Jun



I was at work last week getting my lunch out the fridge and I couldn’t help myself when I saw this packet soup next to the sink.  I picked it up and turned it over to have a look at the ingredients…..

Apart from having over 15 additives/preservatives and 45 ingredients, there was something really quite alarming  in one of the ingredients.  As you can see from the photo, this soup is Gluten Free however  if you look at the additive 1450, Starch Sodium Octenylsuccinate which is used as a stabilizer/thickener it is recommended that people on a gluten free diet should avoid.

I cannot stress enough that you need to read the labels of the packaged food you are buying.  The gluten free aisles at the supermarket are becoming more and more popular due to the amount of people trying to avoid gluten in their diets or for those that are diagnosed as coeliac.  If you take the time to read what else is in those foods and actually care about your health, you wouldn’t be buying this crap.  Below are a just a few of the nasty additives in this packet soup.

635 – Disodium 5\’ – ribonucleotides

Flavour Enhancer

Allergic reactions, behavioral problems, headache, heart palpitations, prohibited in foods for infants, should be avoided by asthmatics and people with gout or kidney disease, swelling of the lips and tongue, itchy rash

220 – Sulphur Dioxide


Anaphylaxis, asthma, bronchitis, destroys vitamin B1, diarrhea, HACSG and FIN recommend to avoid, nausea, prohibited in foods for infants, stomach upset, suspected liver, developmental, respiratory, cardiovascular and neurotoxicity, welling, symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy, nettle rash or hives

310 – Propyl Gallate


Asthma, avoid if aspirin sensitive, caused DNA damage in animals, cheilitis, contact dermatitis, FIN recommends to avoid, hyperactivity, prohibited in foods for infants,

320 – Butylated Hydroxyanisole

Asthma, chronic nettle rash or hives, DNA damage, depression, FIN and HACSG recommend to avoid, fatigue, headache, insomnia, prohibited in foods for infants, recognized carcinogen, suspected respiratory, endocrine, skin, immune, liver and neurotoxicity, wheezing

If you don’t have the Chemical Maze app, click here for more information.  This is the quickest way to find out what is really in the food you are buying!

Remember, fresh is best but if you have to buy convenience foods, please read your labels!


2 Responses to “Packet Soups”

  1. Marianne Blood June 9, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    So bad!!!!!!!!

    I made the mushroom soup, pumpkin soup and tomato soup in my thermo yesterday and stocked up the fridge / freezer. All super yummy and no preservatives!!!

    Love your emails 🙂

    Have a good day X

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Emma June 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

      That’s great love! Its all about being organised! Have you made the quirky cooking creamy chicken and brown rice soup? Delish!
      Glad you like them 🙂 xx

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