Southern_Charm wrote:...sometimes when you are standing in the grocery store reading labels you begin to question yourself.
Charmie, I was laughing at myself when I read that part. I'll have to tell you about a really stupid mistake I made a few weeks ago.
I don't have high blood pressure, but I've also been trying to pay more attention to my sodium intake lately.
I like to keep chicken, beef and vegetable bouillon/soup base in my pantry. As I've said, I'm culinarily challenged, and don't really like cooking, so I find those come in very handy. I can broil half a chicken breast and, while that's cooking, toss some veggies and a little baggie of (pre-cooked) beans from the freezer in a pot with some "stock." When the chicken is done, I cut it into bit sized pieces, toss it into the pot with the veggies and beans, and have a fast and easy, yet healthy, soup. I know the stores have "stock" in cartons, but the problem with those is that -- once opened -- they usually spoil before I've used them up. So the dried or paste versions work better for me. But so many of those are essentially just glorified salt-water.
So I was standing in the grocery store aisle, looking at the array of bouillons and soup-bases. And my eye was drawn to a package of "Herb Ox Sodium Free Chicken Bouillon." Well, now, that was just what I was looking for, right????
When I got it home, I actually looked closely at the ingredients label. And nowhere on the entire list was the word "chicken." What was
there was: Sugar
, Potassium Chloride, Onion Powder, Maltodextrin, Monoammonium Glutamate, Gelatin, Dextrose, Turmeric Color, Dehydrated Parsley, Flavoring, Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate, Silicon Dioxide (Anticaking Agent).
It never even made it into the cupboard. It went right from my hand into the kitchen garbage.