“Healthy” Foods Not Necessarily Healthier Than Their Regular Counterparts

“Healthy” Foods Not Necessarily Healthier Than Their Regular Counterparts

ABC7 News compared “healthy” (and more expensive) Campbell’s tomato soup with their regular offering and discovered some very misleading health claims. It’s a good reminder to read food label fine print to make sure you get what you pay for.

The news channel’s investigation discovered that the “low sodium” and standard versions of Campbell’s tomato soup contain exactly the same levels of sodium – 480mg. The nutritional value of the “healthy” and standard versions of tomato soup were likewise exactly the same except the “healthy” soup contains more fat.

In fact, the only discernible difference between regular Campbell’s tomato soup and the ones being touted as better for you was the price – you’ll pay a 50 per cent markup for the healthy soups.

It’s a lame move by Campbell’s, but it also serves as a good reminder to compare food labels and read the fine print before assuming that the healthier version of the foods you love are, in fact, better for you. In some cases they may not be, and you’ll just be burning money without the health benefits. To get the nutritional scoop on food before you even get to the store, check out previously mentioned Foodsel.

Have you ever run into food labelled as “healthy” when it really wasn’t after all? Tell us about it in the comments.

Soup Label Connundrum: Less is Sometimes More [ABC7News via The Consumerist]


  • Fat-free yoghurts are one of the worst in this category. The fat is replaced almost entirely by sugar. Those little single serving pots will often have 28g or more (that’s over an ounce in the old money) of sugar.

    A lot of them end up taste revolting as well. Once all the natural fats are taken out, they end up injecting so much crap in to give them the same consistency as the product they’re copying, that you may as well be eating cardboard.

    • Noticed the same thing just yesterday, with Kraft ‘Light’ peanut butter. The overall diference in energy consumed was only around 15%, and the fat removed was replaced by sugar, so not only did it make little difference, it was so sweet that it tasted revolting

  • Wholemeal bread often has more sugar than white bread, probably added in an unsuccessful attempt to mask the fact that wholemeal bread tastes crap.

    I go for multigrain bread instead.

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