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

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…….

An American classic!

An American classic!

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.

Delicious!

Delicious!

For the health of your family, arm yourself with knowledge

Some More Bad News

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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This is me looking crestfallen

This is me looking crestfallen

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)

Comments

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 02, 2015:

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

Jeo220 on December 02, 2015:

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 :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 08, 2014:

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.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 07, 2014:

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.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 08, 2014:

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

Jazmin on July 08, 2014:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 29, 2014:

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

TaylorA on April 29, 2014:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 28, 2012:

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!

Nina L James from chicago, Illinois on October 28, 2012:

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.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 18, 2012:

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!

Karla Iverson from Oregon on October 18, 2012:

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. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 18, 2012:

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

C E Clark from North Texas on October 18, 2012:

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.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 15, 2012:

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! :)

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on October 14, 2012:

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. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 14, 2012:

Theresa, a personal favor for you. :)

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on October 14, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 14, 2012:

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.

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on October 14, 2012:

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. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 11, 2012:

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!

Rfordin from Florida on October 11, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 09, 2012:

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

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 09, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 09, 2012:

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

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 09, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 08, 2012:

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.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on October 08, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 08, 2012:

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

Trinity M on October 08, 2012:

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.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 06, 2012:

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

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on October 06, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 06, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 06, 2012:

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?

toknowinfo on October 06, 2012:

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.

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on October 05, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 05, 2012:

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!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 05, 2012:

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.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 05, 2012:

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

peachpower from Florida on October 05, 2012:

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 :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 05, 2012:

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. :)

peachpower from Florida on October 05, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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!

Dianna Mendez on October 04, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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

Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 04, 2012:

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

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on October 04, 2012:

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.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 04, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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!

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on October 04, 2012:

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?

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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

Ajeet from Mumbai, India on October 04, 2012:

This did cause laughter and weeping -- simultaneously :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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!

Mary Craig from New York on October 04, 2012:

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.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on October 04, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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!

kelleyward on October 04, 2012:

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 !!!!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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

chrisinhawaii on October 04, 2012:

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.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on October 04, 2012:

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.....

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on October 04, 2012:

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. : )

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

Gail, have a great day in Mason City!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

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

summerberrie on October 04, 2012:

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

Kristi Sharp from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on October 04, 2012:

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

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on October 04, 2012:

Your welcome.

chrisinhawaii on October 04, 2012:

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!

Ka'imi'loa from Tucson, AZ. on October 04, 2012:

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

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 03, 2012:

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

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on October 03, 2012:

Funny Bill...Thanks for sharing!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2012:

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

Thank you for the visit!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2012:

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!

crystaleyes from Earth on October 03, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2012:

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

Tammy from North Carolina on October 03, 2012:

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.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 03, 2012:

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!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 03, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2012:

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!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 03, 2012:

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.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2012:

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

LaDena Campbell from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... on October 03, 2012:

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

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on October 03, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2012:

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

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2012:

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

Neil Sperling from Port Dover Ontario Canada on October 03, 2012:

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

mariexotoni on October 03, 2012:

lol this was great!