Dear Campbell’s Soup Company,
I must admit…the naming of your “Healthy Request” line really makes me wonder, based on what I saw today in the store. What am I referring to? Well…
One may purchase a 10 3/4 oz. can of the traditional, stoic Campbell’s Tomato Soup for $0.49 at my local store - or, one can instead choose to purchase a 10 3/4 oz. can of your “Healthy Request” Tomato Soup for $0.83.
Wow…quite a price difference. Your “Healthy Request” version must be something special! But wait - uh oh, Federal Law mandates you list what is contained within your can. Very well, I will read the label with 'bated breath, to find out how much healthier I will be with my extra 34 cents.
(per can) Normal Tomato Soup "Healthy Request" Tomato Calories 200 225 Fat Calories 0 37.5 Total Fat 0g 4.5g Sat. Fat 0g 1.25g Polyunsat. Fat 0g 1.25g Cholesterol 0mg 0mg Carbs 47g 44g Protein 5g 2.5g Vitamin A 25% 20% Vitamin C 25% 25% Calcium 5% 0% Potassium 0% 17% Iron 10% 5% Sodium 75% 47%
So…let me see if I get this straight. “Healthy Request” Tomato Soup has more calories, more fat (yet advertises in bold lettering “98% Fat Free!”), less protein, less Vitamin A, less iron, and less calcium.
Ah…but here we see how “Healthy” it is. It has less sodium, and more potassium. Possibly because they are substituting potassium chloride for sodium chloride to give it a salty flavor.
And that’s it. Why they couldn’t take the ordinary Tomato Soup and do the same potassium-sodium switcheroo, I will never know. That’s the nearly doubling in price. So Gus at the Tomato Soup Zaibatsu can waddle over to the “Salt-O-Matic” every few batches, and switch from "Lot’s O Salt setting to “Sorta Less Salt”.
Thus, it does not appear to me like “Healthy Request” is really that healthy after all.
PS - I am not a crackpot.