This weekend, we decided to buy some packaged chicken broth at the store. Being concerned about food additives, we decided to shop in the organic section of the supermarket. Here’s what we found:
- Might as well be water — the ingredients list started: Filtered water, Contains 2% or less of the following: Chicken stock
- The nutrition facts listed: Protein 0g (per cup). I believe there was some protein, because in the U.S., the nutrition facts can list 0 of something if it contains less than 1 unit. But still.
- This one was better. First ingredient, chicken stock.
- Protein, 2g.
- But wait! Keep reading the ingredient list, and there it is. Evaporated cane juice. A fancy name for sugar. Who needs sugar in their chicken broth?
- This one is very similar to broth #2, except it has 1 g of protein instead of 2. But that’s okay.
- But again, there’s evaporated cane juice. No good.
- This one is promising. Chicken broth is the first ingredient, and there’s 1g protein in the nutrition facts.
- And, there’s no sugar or sugar synonyms in the ingredients, either.
- This one goes into the cart.
I had to look at 4 different boxes of apparently identical (if made by different manufacturers) to find one that had no sugar and contained actual chicken broth. Why does chicken broth need sugar, anyway? It’s not meant for sweet dishes. Meat is meant to be a savory dish. No wonder Americans have problems with their weight.
- You Can Make Your Own Chicken Stock (dietforfoodies.wordpress.com)