WHAT'S IN NESTLE'S LEAN CUISINE FIVE CHEESE LASAGNA?
Lean Cuisine was originally created by Stouffer’s who is today owned by Nestlé. Nestlé is the third largest food company in the US/Canada market. (Source: Food Processing 2018)
Lean Cuisine is a decades old frozen product line whose core position was once anchored in dieting. Today, the Lean Cuisine brand offerings are more extensive and the elasticity of the brand has been stretched in an attempt to stabilize a declining business.
LEAN CUISINE LASAGANA: One of the offerings in Nestlé’s Lean Cuisine Favorites line is Classic Five Cheese Lasagna. Let’s look at the ingredients in this product. (Source for ingredients: Lean Cuisine Web site 11/6/18)
NESTLE’S LEAN CUISINE LASAGNA IS FAR FROM HOMEMADE™: Nestlé’s Five Cheese Lasagna contains 70 ingredient points including six instances of water and 11 instances of salt. The Lean Cuisine Lasagna includes numerous items Not In Kitchen™ >> items we would not use in our kitchens at home if we were making lasagna from scratch. Ingredients such as Modified Corn Starch in 3 instances, Calcium Chloride, Carrageenan, Bleached Wheat Flour, Phosphoric Acid, Yeast Extract, Natural Smoke Flavor, Xanthan Gum in two instances, Potassium Chloride, Soybean Oil, Flavors.
Viewed through another lens, Nestlé’s Five Cheese Lasagna contains Water (6 times), Preservatives, Thickeners, Flavors, Sweeteners, Stabilizers, Sugar (2 times), Salt (11 times), Wheat Gluten and Soy in the form of Soybean Oil.
Q: Have you ever purchased Soybean Oil for your home kitchen? Do you want Soybean Oil in your “lean cuisine” lasagna?
The Lean Cuisine Web site says, “Ingredients with a Purpose. Each LEAN CUISINE recipe is developed with women’s needs in mind. Our nutritionists work alongside our culinary team to create delicious frozen entrées with added nutrition.”
One serving of Lean Cuisine Lasagna has 14 grams of sugar including added sugar twice in the “recipe developed with women’s needs in mind.”
Q: Do you expect to find added sugar in a product positioned around dieting and then healthy eating?
The front of Nestlé’s Lean Cuisine Lasagna package states, “No Preservatives” >> but the product contains Citric Acid which, according to the FDA 2018, is a preservative.
Q: How can it say “No Preservatives” on the package of Nestlé’s Lean Cuisine Lasagna when it contains a preservative recognized by the FDA?
THERE IS ERRONEOUS AND MISLEADING INFORMATION ON THE NESTLE’S LEAN CUISINE WEB SITE. The Web site states, “No Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives. However, the ingredients include items which are Artificial Flavors (‘Flavors’ and ‘Cheese Flavor’) and Yeast Extract which the FDA identifies as a flavor enhancer. In addition, the Nestlé’s Lean Cuisine Lasagna contains Citric Acid which is a preservative.
FROZEN CHEESE LASAGNA COMPARISON
Let’s compare Nestlé’s Lean Cuisine Five Cheese Lasagna to Amy’s Cheese Lasagna. (Source: Amy’s Web site 11/6/18)
The Lean Cuisine has 70 ingredients listed with 14 grams of sugars while Amy’s has 27 ingredients listed with 9 grams of sugars. Amy’s Lasagna is made with Organic Pasta, Organic Tomato Purée, Organic Monterey Jack and Organic White Cheddar Cheese.