Salt in Food: Avoid these Overly Salty Campbell Soups

“Everything good takes time,” says the label on Campbell’s Tomato & Sweet Basil Bisque Slow Kettle Style Soup. “Like slow-cooked soups with high quality ingredients and delicious flavor combinations that deliver an experience you will want to slow down and savor.”


Well, if you read the Tomato & Sweet Basil Bisque’s Nutrition Facts panel and end up thinking that the soup has 260 calories and 8 grams of saturated fat seasoned with 750 milligrams of sodium, you haven’t slowed down enough.

Under “Serv. Size 1 cup,” the label says “Servings about 2.” That’s your only clue that the entire container—which looks like a single serving—has 520 calories, 16 grams of saturated fat, and 1,500 mg of sodium.

So slow w-a-a-a-y down when you savor the Tomato & Sweet Basil Bisque, because by the time you’re done, you’ll have polished off a quarter of a day’s calories, three-quarters of a day’s saturated fat (thanks largely to the soup’s cream), and an entire day’s sodium.

The Portobello Mushroom & Madeira Bisque isn’t any better. The container packs 500 calories, 18 grams of saturated fat, and 1,540 mg of sodium. It’s essentially a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in a bowl.

A whole container of the other Slow Kettle Style Soups—not Campbell’s bogus 1 cup serving—is lower in calories (300 to 400) and sat fat (1 to 3 grams), but each still hits a day’s sodium.

That’s Honest Style labeling if we ever saw it.

Contact Campbell at (800) 257-8443 to let them know what you think about their excessively salty soups.

Campbell's Soup

Other relevant links:

• Our soup recommendations. See: What to Eat: The Best Soups You Can Buy

• Try this delicious and healthy soup recipe. See: Healthy Recipes: Roasted Red Pepper Soup

• “Light” soups aren’t always lower in sodium. See: Keep in Mind: Calories vs. Sodium in Soup

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