Tuesday, February 26, 2013
If you're on this site chances are, like me, you have been paying more attention to your nutrition labels. I had been getting these boxes for dinner, they come with almost everything in them for a main dish. The meat and some sauce comes in a can. Quick, tastes okay and I can go easy if the calories are too high.
So as I'm making this Cheesy Chicken dish tonight, I start reading the label. I opened the can with the chicken in it and it looked like the chicken was in a milk-like liquid. Out of curiosity, I looked at the ingredients.
The creamy soup with chicken: chicken broth, cooked white chicken meat (which itself contains white chicken meat, water, modified food starch, soy protein isolate, salt, sodium phosphate), modified corn starch, soybean oil, soy protein concentrate, butter, sugar, sodium phosphate, salt, DATEM.
That last item looks like an emulsifier that is made from ingredients like soybean oil. So this made me feel a little gross. There is no milk in that milky substance. I scratched my head and thought, "do I really want to eat this? Do I really want to feed this to my family?" I started measuring water, then went to get the milk and someone (probably me), left the lid off the container of milk.
So I (not unhappily) threw away the whole mess and started over to make chicken fettuccine. I looked at the ingredients in THAT sauce and it seemed far less offensive.
What is clear is that I must start doing some actual cooking, even if it means I have to cook ahead of time. Some of the packaged food I've been buying, while tasty, is not healthy. I'll handle a little extra work if it means feeling good about the whole process.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go see how the chicken is coming along.