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Food Labels: Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup (Warning: May Cause Laughter....or Weeping...or Both)

Updated on January 12, 2015

The Facts and Only the Facts

Well, the first fact is that I love Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Ever since I was a young kid, I have eaten this soup when I did not feel well. This was the go-to medication for the flu and a bad cold, and it still is today. This is a part of Americana, one of our priceless treasures, and is woven into the very fabric of our society. This is home, mom, and apple pie all rolled into one package and awaiting us all.

Who hasn’t eaten this gift of the gods? Anybody out there? No chance, we have all eaten this at one time in our lives, right? Right! This is one of the items you want in a bomb shelter; it will always provide comfort no matter how bad things seem to be.

However…….

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Reading the Label

We are told that a serving size is ½ cup of condensed soup, which will serve 2.5 people, and that there are 60 calories per serving or which 20 are fat calories. Okay, so far so good…..kind of!

This can before me has 2 grams of total fat, 0.5 g of saturated fat, and 0.5 g of monounsaturated fat. What the hell is monounsaturated fat? That’s a seven syllable word; I don’t want no seven syllable words in my stomach and that’s for damn sure. The most syllables I want in my stomach are three…Velveeta!

There are 890 mg of sodium (it appears everything we buy has sodium), 50 mg of potassium, 8 g of total carbohydrates, 1 g of fiber, 1 g of sugars, and 3 g of protein. It also has 4% Vitamin A, 2% Iron, and no Vitamin C or Calcium.

The label also has some handy information in that it tells us that metal edges are sharp, so be careful when opening the can. I’m wondering what idiot out there is not aware that metal edges are sharp. Do we really need to warn people that they can cut themselves on metal edges? Well yes, in today’s society where you can sue anyone, I imagine this warning makes a certain amount of sense.

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INGREDIENTS

Okay, now we get down to the nitty gritty! Here is the list of ingredients found in Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Sit down, get comfortable, and prepare yourself for a rather lengthy listing.

Chicken stock, enriched egg noodles (wheat flour, eggs, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), chicken meat, water, salt, chicken fat, monosodium glutamate, cornstarch, mechanically separated chicken, modified food starch, yeast extract, flavoring, sodium phosphate, soy protein isolate, beta carotene, and chicken dehydrated.

Right below that they tell us, in bold print, that this product is cooked with care in the USA! Thank God, because I’d hate to think that the mononitrate or riboflavin were cooked in Taiwan and then shipped to the U.S., or that the food starch was modified by one of our enemies like Iran.

Campbell’s also seems to be quite proud that each can contains 32 feet of fresh egg noodles. Would that be the same fresh egg noodles made from folic acid? Just curious! They also tell us that it is made from good, honest ingredients! As opposed to what…. bad, dishonest ingredients? Who writes this nonsense? I don’t know about you but I start getting nervous when a company the size of Campbell’s tells us that they are being honest. I have flashbacks to President Nixon saying, “I am not a crook.”

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I Have a Few Questions

So what, exactly, is thiamine mononitrate? After a bit of research I discovered that it is a synthetic form of the vitamin B1, and that it has impurities that may cause shortness of breath and/or a skin rash. Fortunately, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, a remedy for skin rash is to rub the rash with chicken fat; in other words, after eating this delicious and honest soup, and developing a skin rash, you can treat the skin rash by rubbing this good, honest soup on the rash! Makes sense to me! Please dear God, give me strength to continue.

Okay, next question: what is modified food starch? Well, it turns out that many foods that we eat have modified food starch, which is a process of chemically treating native starch in order that it can serve as a thickening agent. It is also used as….are you ready for this….a binder in coated paper!

Suddenly this can of soup isn’t looking so delicious, and it certainly isn’t looking very honest!

Monosodium glutamate? It is a chemical that enhances flavor, and according to the Food and Drug Administration, it is considered “generally safe to eat.” I don’t know about you, but the word “generally” has me a bit concerned, especially since MSG has been known to cause headaches, rashes, sweating and irregular heartbeats….sort of like having sex without any of the benefits. Oh, and by the way, it has also been linked to cancer.

32 feet of noodles? I’m not sure I want to know that fact; that seems like one big snake to me, crawling around in my intestines, which also look like snakes come to think of it. Snakes feeding snakes, and suddenly my home cure for the flu sounds like an episode from Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom!

Now let’s discuss mechanically separated chicken! I hope you are sitting down. Mechanically separated meat (MSM) is a paste-like meat product produced by forcing meat under high pressure through a sieve to separate bone from meat tissue.

It is sometimes called “white slime,” and it turns out that it is quite controversial. The process has been used since the 60’s for hot dogs and bologna, and with chicken the breast carcasses are used because they still contain….are you ready….some parts of breast meat.

Just so there is no confusion about this process….the carcass of a chicken is pulverized, and then the white slime is combined with modified food starch so that it resembles chicken meat. You could accomplish the same thing yourself. Take a chicken carcass, strip off the meat, and place it on the floor. Then stand on a chair and jump down on the carcass one thousand times. Scoop up the mess on the floor, add modified food starch, and you have the same stuff that is called mechanically separated meat.

Okay, I’m putting my can of soup away now, back in the cupboard where it belongs, and where it will now sit until after I have died. What else am I going to do with it? I can’t give it to the poor during the next food drive; that would be tantamount to murder now that I know what I know. Sheez, being socially responsible is a pain in the butt!

There Is More but I Don’t Have the Stomach for It

One of my childhood traditions has just been shot to hell. This is like Old Yeller dying, or finding out Santa Claus was really my dad after he had four shots of Jim Beam on Christmas Eve. What are you going to tell me next, that Republicans really care about the poor, or that Democrats really love large corporations? Is nothing sacred in this country?

Stay tuned until next week when we will once again read a food label and then scratch it from our personal diet. I think I’ll go drown my sorrows with some tap water. No, wait, not the water my city processes for me….that crap has fluoride and chlorine in it. Sigh….I am doomed!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      LOL, I'll still eat it when I'm too lazy to make homemade chicken soup. I eat the Cambells vegetable all the time too :)

      Bill do you eat hot dogs?

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      OMG, I feel sick...and now I am reeling from the retaining potential.

      Voted UP and all that, Bill. I love these!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      hello bill.. I stopped eating can foods.. too dangerous. and velvetta is the next step to plastic.. and it is so good...

      Oh Yes THE NEXT ONE TO WRITE ABOUT IS HOT DOGS. ..susan is right do you know what's in them!!! UGH!! I swear I think the government is trying to kill us off one by one.

      funny

      great hub my friend

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan....confession.....yes, at fairs and ballgames I will eat hot dogs....knowing full well what is in them. I think it's called masochism. LOL

      Thank you Susan!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I am so sorry to start your day off with this.....forget I wrote it and everything will be okay. :)

      Hugs back atcha my friend!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, Bev literally looks sick when I mention hot dogs....and she is right....and you are right. LOL I'll see if I can't find a label for hot dogs and do that one next.

      Thank you dear friend!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love the thirty two feet of noodles..That in itself has me thinking. Fortunately I don't use many cans and make stuff from scratch. I got a huge laugh. But the reality of this all that it is pretty scary stuff we might be putting in our body. Always funny Bill but also enlightening.

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      Well thanks billybuc! I was a bit hungry but that has passed! Well done hub!

      My husband still does not understand the why's or my desire to buy fresh food and cook it.

      Yesterday he came home from work early because he was not feeling well, he stopped to pick up the the very soup you wrote about. Still tops he list for what ails him. Don't have the heart to show him this hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Believe me Carol, we are doing more of the scratch cooking ourselves. I happen to love this soup, but the mechanically separated chicken thing has me a bit nauseous! LOL Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Justsilvie, I am soooooo sorry! I love this soup; I'm as bummed as your husband would be if he knew. I may still eat it but I'm never going to get the warm fuzzies from it like I once did.

      Thank you!

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      Matthew Kirk 4 years ago from Liverpool

      We don't have that particular soup where I'm from. Nearly every processed food product I read the label of contains almost all of the things you mentioned.

      I don't shop in supermarket anymore, you can't really by sliced chicken breast for sandwiches or even good quality ham, because it is "formed" = mechanically reclaimed. I once accidentally ate something called "Turkey Ham" - after nearly throwing up due to the taste I read the label - "mechanically reclaimed turkey, dyed and flavoured" -WHAT! I thought I was eating Ham!

      I only shop in butchers for meat now and try to get veg from markets or farm shops or higher quality grocers. I don't eat processed food, not even the expensive stuff is free from the rubbish put in it, I would throw my microwave out if I didn't use it to heat plates! As far as I'm concerned we should all be this way - I am a bit of a food nazi though!

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      Tara Carbery 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Thank god i'm vegetarian!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Tara.....thank God you are!!! And Thank God you are my friend! :) Drop me a line and tell me what's happening when you get the chance.

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Blech!! White slime? OK, thoroughly disgusted. Good thing for me I've never been a big fan of Campbell's chicken noodle soup. Wow, Bill. I was laughing at first, but now weeping... LOL!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, I knew the sodium issue with canned soup. My grandfather had kidney problems later in life and my grandmother would make hi homemade chicken soup, because of high levels of sodium, but wasn't truly aware of the rest. Man this is just frightening and disheartening at the same time. Thanks for sharing and have of course voted and shared too!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Ow! Made me think about what we are actually putting into our bodies!! Funny, but makes us take a hard look at that as well! well thought out, Bill. shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, how could you not like chicken noodle soup??? We all grew up with it, didn't we? LOL Kind of sickening, isn't it? Thanks my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you know what's funny...I started this series as a comedy....and it has turned out being serious....it's a split-personality hub. LOL Thank you my dear!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I was actually shocked at this one....I had no idea what was in that soup that I have eaten for sixty years. Yech!

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Matthew, good for you and I'm serious when I say that. I am getting that way after years and years of not caring....now I care most definitely! Have you written hubs about your food nazi ideas? I'll have to check it out.

      Thank you Sir! Have a great day in Liverpool!

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      TigereyesRose 4 years ago

      ROFL, it's funny, but it's not funny. I love your writing style. When I lived in NJ I knew someone who worked at Campbell's. He was a taste-tester. I wonder if he ever read the labels? Thankfully, I don't eat Campbell's much anymore, my kids prefer homemade chicken noodle when they are sick. Great hub, I love it!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Welcome to the world - 2012 style. Bill, I haven't eaten soup from a can since I was 15 years old. The sodium alone can kill you. Most canned soups have these awful go-go ingredients that are so harmful to our bodies. I usually make my soups homemade from scratch. I stick to fresh foods and I know you do too, because of the healthy veggie garden in your back yard you have written about. Anything packaged or processed any more is dangerous because of the preservatives used. Grocery shopping for me is more expensive, but healthier for my body. That said , this a great article and I think it is great you are pointing this out, and with humor. Thanks for an entertaining article. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TiereyesRose, thank you and yes, it is funny and yet very unsettling. :) Maybe that says something about my weird sense of humor? Thank you for the visit; I think I'll be making my chicken noodle soup from now on. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, you just mentioned an important point in today's economy....it is more expensive to eat healthy foods, and I think that is a detriment for many people as they try to change their way of eating. Yes, with our veggie garden, and with Bev watching me like a hawk, I eat much better now than I once did. Knowing what I know now I can't eat prepared foods any longer.

      I'm glad you enjoyed my humor, even though it is about a serious subject.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      We are victims of our own making, unfortunately. So many have sued food companies, they are afraid to use natural items in the production of their products! If it hasn't been approved by the FDA, which will give them legal protection, they simply don't want to chance it in the "sue everyone" society we've allowed lawyers to create. Soon, our meals will come from toothpaste tubes with the philosophy "if it's good enough for the astronauts, it's good enough for us!" I'm just waiting on the Christmas dinner crowd to be saying, "Pass the brown tube if you will. My, a little microwaving and it tastes almost as good as the real stuff!" Great Hub, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, you may well have the greatest imagination on HubPages! You are just a very funny person! I love the brown tube crap for the holidays. LOL Unfortunately, and sadly, you are all too correct. We as a society have figuratively cut our own throats and this mess is of our own doing. Sigh!

      Thanks buddy; I owe you a visit soon.

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      Duffee 4 years ago

      It is scary that the FDA approves this beloved can of Americana. And MSG's just make your body crave more of the same. Uhm. No thanks. I used to love Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup as a kid--but around age 19 I just lost my taste buds for the stuff. I think I now know why!!

      Great hub and funny too!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Duffee, I agree completely with you. I'm kind of sad about it, actually, because I have always loved this stuff....but not now! Thank you for the visit!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Another great hub and this time straight off the shelf. lol.

      Graham.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      This is hilarious. You crack me up.

      I think we can all agree that the only honest food out there is the stuff you grow yourself or get from your local farmer. Anything beyond that is sketchy at best.

      I wish I could make you a batch of homemade chicken soup to help you forget about that crap in a can :)

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      Rachel Koski 4 years ago from Minnesota

      LOL! Well, you already know all of my feelings about processed foods, foods produced by Big Ag, and artificial anything at all that might go in or on my body. So... awesome hub :) By the way, that's about the best explanation of mechanically separated meat that I've ever heard. And what's "honest" about MSG? That stuff really does give me headaches. *sigh* Buying organic can be expensive, but it's worth it! Better yet is to buy direct from a farmer - then everybody wins :)

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      I have a terrible reaction to MSG so I avoid it, but I recently discovered that "hydrolyzed protein" is the active building block of MSG, so if you're MSG intolerant, avoid that as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, LOL....great line! Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Radcliff, if you didn't live so darn far away I'd take you up on that offer for homemade soup. It's a cinch I won't be eating any of this crap anymore. :) Thank you my dear!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachel, I was expecting you to drop by; something told me this would get your attention. LOL I know, it's not funny, but it is sadly funny, and I think everyone understands my reason for writing these "comedy" hubs.

      Thank you young lady!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rfmoran, good to know my friend; thank you for that information.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Funny--but oh my--never eating this again!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, that was exactly my reaction, and I love this stuff!!!! thank you!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Nooooo....I just got over the horror of pink slime, and now you introduce me to white slime? And here I thought that at least the "chicken" in chicken soup was really chicken! How silly of me!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Lol... Loving this series Bill! ^_^ I've been slowly fazing out these kinds of foods in my house (especially ones with MSG) and I'm finding that I'm running out of convenient foods! No more popping lunch into the microwave! It's sad, but I guess 15 extra minutes making lunch for my family is worth not putting this crap into their bodies.

      Fat and sugar? I don't really have a problem with it.... chemical this and that? Get the heck out of my kitchen!

      Can't wait until next week ^_^ voting and sharing!!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      OMGosh! You just broke my heart! I love (loved) Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup. It was my cure for almost everything. Well, looks like I am going to have to modify my chicken and dumplings recipe and learn how to make noodles. It may be better for us, but sure not as easy as opening that little can! If you keep writing and I keep reading, I may have to stop eating! Love your hubs! Voted up and awesome! :)

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      I gave up eating canned soup a couple of years ago because of the high sodium comment never mind the other crap they add. I am surprised they have room for the broth or should I say salted chemical liquid. lol

      Voted up across the board.

      Hope you are having a good day. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sorry Stephanie! I actually felt bad about writing this hub because I know how many people love this soup. Sigh! I guess we will just have to make our own delicious soup in the future.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sasha, this one killed me! I love this soup...now I'm going to have to sweet talk Bev into making real chicken soup, or worse, I'll have to learn myself. LOL

      I'm proud of you; you really are a very kind, caring, and loving mother and wife. Thank you for making me feel good about our future. :)

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      Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Bill, it is great piece of article to increase awareness about the bad effects of eating such comfort foods. MSG, artificial chemicals are toxic and create havoc in our bodies. I was also a bit addicted to instant noodles at one point of time, specially when I was sick and it was hard to break the habit. One day, I saw a lizard in my cooked noodle pot and I left the addiction forever. I think it was God leading me to right path.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sgbrown, you had me laughing that time...you may stop eating! LOL I swear, I'm afraid to eat anything that comes out of the store nowadays. Well, I'm glad you enjoyed this even though it hurt down deep. :)

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      Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country

      I really want to buy a can of this, open it and lay the noodles end to end. Thirty-two feet? is that before or after they are cooked? I wonder if there is a noodle measure working at Campbells.

      I wonder if you could use this in a pinch if, say, you were putting up a fence and had misplaced your tape measure?

      I loved your approach to this-- even though I do believe that Nixon never said he was not a liar. "I am not a crook, " is the correct quote, and we all know that a crook is a shepherd's staff.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Well now.. I was sitting here all smug and stuff thinking HA! That slime stuff isn't allowed in Canada because it's cleaned with ammonia and our government has regulations against ammonia and food. That was until I discovered that we DO allow meat that has been cleaned with bleach... yum. It's nicely termed "hyper-chlorination" - kind of like javex. So it's a matter of which toxic cleaning supply would you care for in your soup today? Hmm.. back to being a vegetarian - well, with a little fresh caught seafood on the side :) Excellent article!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      I want a piece of your brain transplanted in mine!

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Yep, this is why my husband and I make our own - everything. We just don't know what half of the premade food out there is anymore and when we do - oh my god get it away.

      And I can say that I never knowingly ate this chicken noodle soup, although I have ate campbells. From the age that I knew what a chicken was, I wouldn't eat it in any shape or form. In fact, meat in general was something I avoided as a kid and stopped eating when I finally had a choice...while kids were sitting at the table until they ate their broccoli, I was sitting until I ate my chicken, fish, or hamburger.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, I am having a good day, thank you, and I hope you are as well. It's not the sodium that bothers me....it's the white slime! I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

      Have a great evening Sue!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchi, I think I agree, that is definitely a sign from God and I'm glad you stopped. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rochelle, I'm laughing because shortly after I posted the hub I was thinking about Nixon and I realized the quote was wrong. Oh well, I never claimed to be perfect.

      As for the 32 feet, let me know if you measure them. LOL

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, now I'm not hungry at all.....bleach-cleaned meat??? I have a lot of respect for Canadians, so please don't tell me stuff like that. LOL

      Thank you Alex!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, no you don't! LMAO....it could be hazardous to your health.

      Thank you my dear friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Relationship, that was funny. Our rule was you had it for breakfast if you didn't finish it for dinner, and there was no way I was having broccoli for breakfast. :)

      Thank you once again for the visit.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Oh yes I do. Only Billybuc could make a technical journal from a can of Chicken Noodle Soup. :-) You make me feel so drab.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Oh Billy I love these hubs, proving that our processed foods are the culprit of Americas sicknesses...I gave up cans along time ago...but was not easy so now I make my own noodle soup. Thank you for all the great information..we need to know! :)

      Sunnie

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I will only eat soup now that is homemade by me using organic ingredients. It tastes better and is safer. More and more I am buying organic or unprocessed products. But lets face it, everything we eat has something bad in it. I read something recently that just because something says natural or natural ingredients, doesn't mean it's good and healthy. Look it up and you'll really get grossed out. Thanks for a good laugh and a reminder to eat better.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I need you to be my publicist! I can't pay you anything but it will never be boring. LOL Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sunnie! it's been an eye-opener for me for sure! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lambservant, welcome my friend! There are some scary things out there, and I guess it's almost impossible to eat totally healthy, but we can come close, right?

      Beautiful weather in our neck of the woods, wouldn't you say?

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Bill, interesting read. I love Campbell but the content threw me away. But, these days all processed foods have some or the other chemical in it...what to escape n where to go?

      I feel bad for the younger generation 'cause they r developing n ingesting so many chemicals!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Sorry been missing a few of your recent works! This was another great example of ways to promote good old fashioned home cooking -

      Just read a Campbells soup label and all will become clear. What a list of ingredients - I have used the Chicken soup from Campbells as a sauce base for dishes and it is delicious . . . . Even though that is also probably full of "mechanically prepared chicken" and way too much sodium for my blood pressure!

      As always you make me laugh so much in these food labelling pearls of wisdom from the kitchen Bill, thanks for another classic and for taking the time to do some research for our benefit too!! Awesome and voted +++++++++ and shared!!

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Definitely BB. You should see the famous fall tree on the KP highway that is the first to turn colors every year. It's pretty bright and colorful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it lambservant; we have one street in Olympia where all the trees have already turned....just that street for some weird reason.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, you are correct, that practically all processed foods are unhealthy for us. Back to the garden for the only answer. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, nice to see you, and certainly no reason to apologize....you are as constant as they come at HP! I'm glad you laughed even though you probably wanted to cry. I'm happy to say our garden will be bigger next year, and Bev has me eating so many health foods I don't even recognize myself anymore. :) Thank you for the share and for just being you.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      Hi billybuc, I used to eat that same soup when I was a kid, and also when I was ill. There are a lot of funny sounding ingredients in the soup. I don't really like chicken that is formed to look like real chicken or ham. The ham that is formed doesn't seem like very good tasting ham. I really enjoyed your hub--it was great fun reading.

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      Ha! Another one bites the dust! I'll be honest, I don't eat noodles from a can because I don't like them squishy. Your ingredient Hubs are making me a little more conscious of what I put in my body. Presently, however, I do not care that my Snickers has partially hydrogenated soybean oil in it. Incidentally, when I was little I heard that Twinkies could last forever, so I embarked on a quest to eat as many of them as I could so I wouldn't die! Four hundred pounds later... ;)

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      mariexotoni 4 years ago

      lol this was great!

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      Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      LOL - No wonder I prefer my own home made soup made by boiling chicken feet..... as for " Republicans really care about the poor, or that Democrats really love large corporations" -- you and I both know that it is 118% true that if voting ever made any difference whatsoever $6 - they would make voting illegal.

      thanks for the chicken soup for the soul

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gail; I had fun writing it, except for those times when I got sick to my stomach. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Georgie....LMAO....good plan of yours. How'd that work out for ya? You crack me up young lady and I agree, the noodles are a bit too squishy for my taste too. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marie, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the visit!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Neil, my pleasure, and you are oh so right about that voting thing. It may come to that eventually. :) Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Times like these make me glad that I am a vegetarian(I think).

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Bill..great hub! I will continue to eat Campbell's chicken noodle soup...I feel obligated to since my last name is Campbell!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teacher....that's as good a reason as any! LOL Thank you for the visit!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I can't say that I blame you at all! Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hilarious but so true, Bill. Thank God, I don't eat canned stuff or I would have thrown up reading about all the crap that goes into the making of this stuff.!

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, feel sorry for me....I love this stuff and have since I was a kid. Now I have to give up one of my favorite foods. LOL Life is not fair sometimes. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Bill! A hilarious take, but a good reminder that we really should watch what we are putting into our bodies. Now...I won't get Campbell's!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Funny and scary all at the same time. The things we ingest without even realizing it! I've heard Campbell's Soup is one of the worst foods as far as sodium and sugar. In fact, a doctor told a relative of mine with dangerously low blood pressure to start eating Campbell's Soup, because the salt intake would increase her blood pressure!

      As for who needs the warning about the sharp edges on the can, probably the same person who needs the warning that the coffee at McDonalds is hot and not to leave children unattended at changing stations in restaurant bathrooms!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank goodness I gave up canned food some time ago. When I was having my youngest I couldn't have any sodium because I had hobbit ankles. I started reading labels and couldn't believe how much sodium was in pre-packaged foods. Now you mention slime.. ewweee... I will never eat out of a can again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I'm more disappointed by this news than anyone. LOL Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyrstal, it's funny, but I never worried about the sodium....but I never knew about the meat processing. As for warning labels....people, unfortunately, will sue over any excuse.

      It's always good to see you; thank you!

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      crystaleyes 4 years ago from Earth

      I knew about the MSG.. but I had no clues regarding the other ingredients .. thanks for the info.. I think we all should opt for home cooked meals ... and only buy after reading the labels.. Voted up and useful

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nasty stuff for sure, Tammy, and I'm inclined to agree and not eat this stuff ever again. I don't know why I started this series but now I'm intrigued to find out more.

      Thank you as always!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, I agree completely. Writing this series has opened my eyes.

      Thank you for the visit!

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      TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

      Funny Bill...Thanks for sharing!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I warned you... keep reading those labels and you are going to run into "the one".

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      Ka'imi'loa 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

      Billy...Billy...Billy...Billy

      I hope you are not on some quest to actually ruin everything I grew up eating. As for portions of this soup being made in Taiwan and then processed her, would probably be an improvement, ever had freshly made in the streets Pho, that is some eats. However, Campbell's Chicken Noodle, with crushed Saltines, I can eat forever, regardless that there is 1cup of salt per can. The mere fact that we could be eating soup that has possibly been re-labeled from WWII intrigues me.

      I'm just hoping you do not write on a particular food item, I am praying you overlook. Awesome series, Americana: What Mom Really Feeds Us.

      Ka'imi'loa

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      haha! Bill, you crack me up! I kept picturing that pink slime that they make McNuggets out of.

      Voted up, funny and shared! Aloha brother!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      Your welcome.

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      krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

      I have a stockpile of Campbell's in the dry storage downstairs.... I'm going to save this for when the kids are really bad, serve the soup and then print out copies and watch them stare at me. Boy will they think they are being abused then. I love your descriptive writing. We make soup and grilled cheese sandwiches with Velveeta and I can sometimes hear arteries hardening right there at the table. Thanks for the 5:45 am laughter. -K

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      I missed the warning about the sharp edges. Cut some fingers or two! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tycoon, I'm glad you enjoyed my little fun! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, sometimes I just don't listen. LOL Thanks for the added warning.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Benisan.....great comment. You had me laughing at that one. I'll try to skip that one particular item that shall remain unmentioned. Believe me, I love this soup, as I mentioned in the hub....and quite frankly I may still eat it....with crackers of course. :)

      Thanks my new friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aloha, Chris, and thank you! Glad I could give you a laugh this morning. Have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, have a great day in Mason City!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      K....I just might be in love with you! LOL Grilled cheese with Velveeta??? Can I live at your house? Bev won't allow me to eat Velveeta any longer, and it's killing me!

      Thank you kind lady, and I hope those kids of yours behave!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Terrie, you have to be more careful! I think you should sue the company for not adequately warning you in bigger and bolder print. LOL

      Thank you my friend!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I have just about kicked the processed food habit and your hub underscores why. I make a mean homemade chicken noodle soup by the way, and if those hens of mine don't start laying soon, they may be in the next batch. : )

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb....LOL....if I were those chickens I would be straining just a bit harder this morning. Great fun; thanks for the laugh.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi billy, this had me laughing out loud! 'One of my childhood traditions has just been shot to hell' - so funny!

      I have made a mental note never to read a food tin label.....

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      oh yeah, VELVEETA! Bill, don't even go there...

      I have fond childhood memories of that stuff, so let's just ignore whatever processes lead up to that long, orangey-yellowey block of salty goodness... =)

      And trout love Velveeta too. I know this from personal experience.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Movie, yes, another childhood fantasy gone! LOL I'm so glad you enjoyed this!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris.....I am laughing very hard right now, because I have used Velveeta for bait and the fish love it!!!!

      Too funny my friend; great comment!

      Aloha!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      From the looks at this comment list you definitely provoked some people here. I quit eating this soup about a year ago when I heard Jamie Oliver discuss the list of ingredients. Wow I'm amazed. How can a company like Campbell's live with themselves knowing they are putting chemicals that are potentially dangerous into the majority of American households. I now read every label and stay away from products with ingredients I can't pronounce! Voted way UP and shared !!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, you bring up a great point. Campbell's is an American institution, and they have been around for years flourishing because of Americans supporting their product. Is there no social conscience? Give me someone with an IQ of 70, and I will show them the mechanically separated process, and they will say that is dangerous for human beings. How is it okay to do this?

      Now I'm ranting; thank you so much!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      The thought of rubbing fatty chicken soup on a rash made me laugh aloud! But seriously, I didn't know about white slime. I've heard of pink slime because of the beef controversy, but this sounds just as bad...and disgusting. I definitely won't be eating any more "mmm mmm good" Campbell's soup! Not that I have as of late, anyway. Thanks so much for raising social awareness in so many areas. Awesome and voted up!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Mechanically separated chicken? Well, I guess having Celiac disease isn't so bad after all...I can't eat anything with wheat in it and as you mentioned there's wheat flour in them there noodles!

      Home made Chicken soup is sounding better and better. Thanks for the tip Bill!

      Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, we have three cans of this stuff in the cupboard right now and we don't know what to do with it. LOL We don't have any enemies so that option is out! I agree....it's time to make some homemade soup and know we will survive the meal. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, thank you for the visit my friend. I hope things are well for you in the Southern parts of America! Suffice it to say I will not be eating this stuff every again....and if lucky I will not get a rash! :) Thank you!

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      Ajeet 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

      This did cause laughter and weeping -- simultaneously :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ajeet, I tried to warn you. :) Thank you!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Fun hub! Now I'm afraid to look at the labels in my pantry! I'm with you on restricting my digestive tract to three-syllable foods. You take Velveeta (there's a scary label!) and I'll take chocolate. Deal?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Marcy, it's a deal! Actually, Bev won't let me eat Velveeta any longer, so you and I can share the chocolate.

      Thank you Marcy!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Well this is just pitiful, you 'dun took away my chicken noodle soup, Is there nothing sacred anymore? Hee..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, believe me, I'm just sick over this news. I have eaten this for what, fifty odd years....and now I find out it has white slime in it!!!! LOL Thank you my friend!

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      There is so much salt in everything that with buy food wise, which is why I never add extra salt. I do not even put salt in pizza crust, and I add spicy peppers, which put more flavor in anyway. A good alternative to Cambell's is actually the store brand chicken noodle soup, which is usually cheaper, and has less salt. Even better yet take some chicken stock, noodles, and veggies, and make you own soup. I like the special select Cambell's soups that have way less sodium, and big chunks of vegetables, but the price is usually super high.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Cambell's Chicken Noodle Soup and Ranch Dressing!!! Say it's not so ---- you shot my childhood to . . . too. THANKS a lot ----LOL I figured just about everything we digest that is processed in some manner or another is just pure junk. I have just recently started a really healthy diet, with the "good" fats, i.e., salmon twice a week, tuna, using olive oil, and canola oil is okay too, but I prefer extra virgin olive oil, nuts, fruits with the high anti-oxidants . . . Very clever idea for a hub dear one.

      Enjoy your dinner.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith my dear, always a pleasure. I just left your site and your lovely letter to your grandchild.

      Yes, childhood dreams are disappearing right and left. LOL I, too, am eating a healthier diet now, although I confess, I will miss this particular item.

      love and peace,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sweetie, yes, we make our own soups now. We have three cans of this stuff in the cupboard and will now have to figure out what to do with it. :)

      Thank you for the visit!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ugh! What a can of "worms!" I used to eat these, now we make our own home-made version. Can't say I thank you for this post, I will never eat this again! Nevertheless, your warning is a worthy one!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I can't thank myself for this post either. LOL I love this soup; like you, it looks like I'll be making homemade from now on.

      Thank you and have a wonderful Friday!

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      peachpower 4 years ago from Florida

      Soooooo awesome(ly gross)!! I loved this Hub, and truth be told, I have a hell of a time forcing some of this canned stuff that's so readily available down my throat... It just closes- think anaphylaxis- and I can't swallow. Thank goodness. Hilarious Hub, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peach, thank you, and thank you for the follow! I'm glad you enjoyed my sarcastic humor; I actually was p.o'd when I read the label, and instead of doing a rant I decided to make it funny. I think people get tired of rants but they never get tired of humor, and the point is still taken. :)

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      peachpower 4 years ago from Florida

      I understand completely about getting ticked when we actually read the label. Turns my dang stomach over... esp when revisiting the horror of 'pink slime'. Ughhhhhh shudder etc etc etc :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peach, I'm going to enjoy following you; you are a kick! Have a great weekend and watch out for pink slime!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      OK I am over the laughing pain. Headache and rash? Good thing I have a short memory since I have so much of this put back for winter. What if I water it down and boil it real good? How about those green bean stems they don't warn you about? Sheee. How many times I almost choked on those! I would prefer a cut from the can! Velveeta? You better look that one up, I gain 5 lbs if I look at it too long!

      Fun hub. Up and share.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, great comment....I laughed more at your comment than at my hub! Bev won't let me eat Velveeta anymore; another childhood dream shattered! LOL I'm just sick about this; I love this soup!!!

      Have a great weekend my friend and again, wonderful poem!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy.... I often watch people label watching in the stores today. I funny part is I have begun the same. A good rule if you can not read an ingredient or understand what it is maybe but it back until you do.

      We have a great Organic store in Calgary and they offer products which are free of any additives. A bit more expensive... otherwise it is grow it yourself and know what you are eating...

      Great article and yes stay away from Velveeta, it looks, feels and tastes much like recycled Tupperware anyway.

      Hugs Bro

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Oy Vey! It sounds like Jewish chicken soup is the best solution. These food labels seem like they were created by people who have a masters degree in marketing. Companies are very savvy at making us desire something that we otherwise would turn away from. Looking forward to your next installment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, great line...recycled Tupperware.....but still makes the best grilled cheese sandwich known in civilization. LOL

      Thank you buddy, and hugs back atcha! How close to Calgary are you? Great hockey town, yes?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rhonda, you are exactly correct....it is all about marketing strategies, and if you aren't paying close attention they can get you to eat just about anything and make it sound great in the process.

      Thank you my dear; have a great weekend!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Great humor once again! Get a rash eating the chicken fat, rub the remaining chicken fat on the skin to rid yourself of the rash! This is a gem of a hub and I expected nothing less. And like you, a wonderful bowl of Campbell's chicken soup has successfully been flushed! Along with the chocolate pudding I loved until my brother put a grub in it!

      I think you are enjoying this!

      Thanks for the much needed laugh!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, you are welcome for the laugh but I'm sorry for exposing a soup most of us love. :) Such is life my friend!

      Thank you as always; I hope your weekend is a good one.

      hugs,

      bill

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      LOL! Ok Bill I am totally grossed out now and I haven’t had a can of Cambell’s Chicken Noodle Soup in my life; although I’m pretty sure I’ve had the equivalent at some time and I don’t even want to think about what is in that!!!

      I think I’ll go check my cupboards now and ten go plant some carrots or something! :))) Hugs and love to you always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity my dear, yes, get rid of the canned foods. Seriously nasty stuff in those cans.

      Have fun planting carrots; best wishes to your father and of course, love and hugs to you.

      bill

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is hilarious Bill. And I mean your writing and descriptions. What goes into these canned foods is really not funny at all. And there is no knowing how all this stuff we are putting into our bodies is interacting with other stuff we put into our bodies. Doesn't bear thinking about.

      We eat very little canned food, usually only baked beans (which more than likely have the same or similar ingredients) and we never eat canned soup. Not when it is so easy to make a good soup ourselves and know what we are putting into it.

      No doubt sales of Campbells chicken noodle soup are plummiting as I type. Lol.

      Hugs

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, thank you so much! I honestly didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I wrote this....I love this soup....but oh well, we'll just start making our own.

      Glad you enjoyed it, and hugs to you as well.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Silly man! The only good ingredient in Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup is the monounsaturated fat! Those are the good fats found in olive oil, nuts, fish, etc. It might behoove you to make your own chicken soup next time you get the hankering. At least that way you'll know what's in it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'll keep that in mind, but man oh man, I love Campbell's. LOL Thanks my friend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Just think of those pulverized skeletal parts next time you find yourself reaching for the can! ha ha. That'll cure you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, believe me, that image is permanently implanted in my brain. LOL

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      Hey billybuc,

      Just this evening my girlfriend who is battling a cold had chicken soup (although not campbells). My little ones DO always opt for the Campbells variety although they prefer the "chicken & stars" option. Ya know this new mini-series of food lables while informative (and always entertaining) is a little hard to swallow (pun inteneded). Voted funny and useful. Thanks for sharing.

      ~Becky

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rfordin, you'll notice I haven't done one since this one.....I'm in mourning over my Campbell's. LOL I am my own worst enemy in this case.

      Believe me, I feel as bad as you do. :)

      Thank you and have a great weekend!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      There are a quite few things we have to mourn over once we know what is in them. Great Hub. Lucky for me I never cared for Campbell's Chicken Noodle...now Bean with Bacon...that was my go to when I was feeling under the weather. And, no thank you, I do not want to know what is in it. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, I promise you, out of respect for you, I will not do a hub about Bean with Bacon. LOL Thank you my friend and I hope you are well.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you Billy. I appreciate that and I am quite sure I don't want to know what is in my beloved childhood soup. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, a personal favor for you. :)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow...so that is what white slime is...Thanks for sharing: interesting, informative, and funny. Thank goodness I don't have any left in my cupboard, however, like you I grew up on the stuff in between mom's homemade soup. Rated up! I"m linking it to my homemade chicken soup hub. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise! I'll get over and link to yours as soon as I sort out my day. God I love this stuff; too bad! :)

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Excellent hub! If only people knew how our convenience and fast foods were processed, half of all U.S. adults would not be obese.

      Voted up, interesting, and useful. Will share.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Au fait, you are absolutely correct in that assessment! Thank you so much for the visit and comment. :)...and the share!

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      Karla Iverson 4 years ago from Oregon

      Great hub! Billybuc, you forgot the can lining - bisphenol A. That's a whole hormone stew in itself.

      Maybe the next hub you could do is on hamburger. Then you could follow up white slime with pink slime - that may be the processed foods equivalent of following white meat with red meat. Just a thought. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthy, if I keep doing these I won't have anything left to eat. lol....seriously, I love this soup, and I wrote this hub and then gave four cans of it away. I will take your suggestion under advisement, but I'm afraid to do it. :)

      Thank you!

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      nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      I cannot stop laughing at your description of our beloved "Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup"!!!!!!! I've been eating this soup since I was a little girl. Who knew that this soup contains ingredients that I can't even pronounce? Let alone the process in which these foods are made. I'm pretty sure that there are other foods that I've eaten with funny sounding ingredients....guess what? I'm still here. Thanks for the laughs. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nina, I gotta admit, I love this soup, and we actually had some two days ago. I'm glad I made you laugh, although in truth, this is some seriously nasty stuff that is used to produce this soup. Sigh! How could something so delicious be so bad? :) Thank you!

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      TaylorA 3 years ago

      I had been buying and eating different types of Cambells soup for lunch. Each time I ate them, I got sick that same afternoon. Like doubled over in pain, vomiting, the works. I have no idea why their soup would make me so sick, now I know!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Taylor, there is some nasty stuff in our favorite soup. Believe me, this pains me, because I love their chicken noodle soup.

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      Jazmin 2 years ago

      Unfortunately I read this while eating the soup. I think I'm going to go throw up now.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jazmin, I can't help it, you made me laugh. :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, my stomach is turning, the sound of MSG is bringing back the migraine I had Monday-Wednesday and my BP is going through the roof from the thought of eating my favorite soup ever again. The same thing happened when I heard the song "The Cat is in the Kettle" It took me six months to even eat salad in a Chinese restaurant after that song.

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8zEfYbsrr0

      Blessings to you dear friend.

      Now I will go and read the label on the Tums bottle.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, I'm so sorry. I had a similar reaction because I love this soup. Sigh! Well, now we make it from scratch, and it tastes better, so there is good news in our household. :)

      Thank you my friend, and have a blessed week.

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      Jeo220 18 months ago

      This soup has SAVED my life in the last few days after a wicked stomach flu and at that point I probably needed anything that would stay down chemicals and all. It's a go-to when I'm sick and although it may not be the healthiest, I have psychologically allowed myself to accept this as a treatment. Forget all this...finding out about Santa after Jim Beam is hysterical and really? It should have been Jack Daniels :)

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeo, I'm with you. Knowing all that's in it, I still eat it when I am sick. Go figure!

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