I love tomato soup. Whenever I get sick, I crave tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Yes, I know that is sick and twisted. I don’t care. However, since my rededication to Real Food I thought it a conflict to continue eating canned tomato soup of a brand starting with “C.” From their marketing, you would think that their soup is as natural as a summer breeze. Not so. The ingredients, according to livestrong.com are:
In order of quantity – tomato puree (they don’t say organic, so probably GMO and pesticide loaded), water, high fructose corn syrup (egad!), wheat flour (why?), salt: 480 mg per serving, or 1200 per prepared can. Why so much? (HOLY COW), vegetable oil (they don’t say what kind, so it is suspect), flavoring (very mysterious).
It also contains 12 grams of sugar per serving (multiply by 2.5 for the whole prepared can). Snickers only has 30 grams of sugar, so a can of C’s tomato soup is almost as full of sugar as a candy bar. BTW, 1 teaspoon of sugar is 4 grams. That means that C puts 7.5 teaspoons of sugar into each can.
So, here’s what I did. I made my own Tomato Soup. I canned mine with a pressure canner. If you don’t have one, you can jar it and freeze it. My recipe made 8 pints.