WHAT'S IN O, THAT'S GOOD! CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP?
CLOSEST TO HOMEMADE - BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUPS
Oprah has partnered with KraftHeinz to create a line of food products called O, That’s Good! The premise of this line is to add “a nutritious twist” to some of Oprah’s favorite comfort foods like Frozen Pizza and Mashed Potatoes.
One of the items in the O, That’s Good! product line is a refrigerated plastic container labeled Creamy Butternut Squash Soup. According to Stop & Shop’s Peapod Web site 9/22/18, a 16 oz. tub costs $6.19.
CREAMY SOUP DESIGNATION: Does “creamy soup” mean the soup has cream or dairy in it OR does it mean that the texture of the soup is creamy? It can mean both. As such, a “creamy” soup may or may not have dairy in it.
HOMEMADE CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP: For reference, we’ll look at what would be in Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with cream if we made it at home from scratch.
A basic recipe for Creamy Butternut Squash Soup calls for butternut squash, onions, chicken stock or water, cream, butter, salt + pepper. Since butternut squash is naturally sweet, recipes for this soup do not generally have added sweeteners.
Let’s take a look at KraftHeinz’s O, That’s Good! Creamy Butternut Squash Soup. Any ingredient not in our kitchens at home to make this soup is identified as Not In Kitchen™.
The “nutritious twist” for this product is, “We’ve replaced some cream with sweet potato and carrot puree.”
But the O, That’s Good! soup does not have any cream at all to begin with, so how can you “replace some cream”?
O, THAT’S GOOD! CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP CONTAINS NINE INGREDIENTS NOT IN KITCHEN™. These ingredients include Sugar (x2), Corn Oil, Potato Flour, Carrot Powder, Cheese Culture, Gum(s) as Stabilizers, Carrageenan (thickener), and Nisin Preparation (to protect quality). Source for ingredients: O, That’s Good Web site 9/22/18.
The KraftHeinz Oprah product contains dairy so their use of “creamy” = presence of dairy.
To note, however, the KraftHeinz “creamy” soup does not contain cream but milk, cultured milk and skim milk.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH IS NOT LISTED AS AN INGREDIENT IN THE O, THAT’S GOOD! CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP. Ingredients are always listed in descending order of amount >> there is the most of the ingredient listed first and the least of the ingredient listed last. Squash is the first ingredient and then water and Sweet Potatoes. Butternut Squash is not specifically listed as an ingredient (although it could be contained within the squash component).
HOW CAN IT BE CALLED CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP IF WE DON’T SEE BUTTERNUT SQUASH IN THE INGREDIENTS?
When we look at other Butternut Squash soups, like Imagine brand from Hain Celestial, we see that Butternut Squash is indeed listed as an ingredient.
HAIN CELESTIAL ORGANIC IMAGINE BUTTERNUT SQUASH CREAMY SOUP CONTAINS THREE INGREDIENTS NOT IN KITCHEN™. There is an added sweetener in the form of Organic Rice Syrup, Organic Rice Flour as a thickening agent and added Organic oil(s). (Source for ingredients: Imagine Foods Web site 9/22/18). This Imagine product does not have added dairy, the “creamy” in the product name refers to the smooth texture.
THERE IS CONFLICTING INFORMATION ON THE KRAFTHEINZ O, THAT’S GOOD! BRAND WEB SITE REGARDING THE USE OF PRESERVATIVES. On the O, That’s Good! Web site 9/22/18, we see the statement that their products have “no artificial flavors and dyes”. This is on the page featuring the Creamy Butternut Squash Soup. Immediately after that is another statement, “Made with no artificial flavors, dyes or preservatives”. (We see the inclusion of preservatives in the statement as a third point whereas it was previously just the two items).
The last ingredient in O, That’s Good! Creamy Butternut Squash Soup, Nisin Preparation, is indeed a preservative. According to Wikipedia, “Nisin is used during production to extend shelf life by suppressing spoilage.” Even KraftHeinz notes in parentheses that the Nisin Preparation is “to protect quality” >> in other words, it’s a preservative.
GENERAL MILLS’ PROGRESSO CANNED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP CONTAINS FIVE INGREDIENTS NOT IN KITCHEN™. These NIK™ ingredients include added Sugar, Thickeners in the form of Corn Starch and Modified Food Starch, added Flavoring and added Coloring. (Source for ingredients: Progresso Web site 9/22/18)
REFRIGERATED SQUASH SOUP COMPARISON.
Let’s compare Oprah’s product to Autumn Squash Soup from Boulder Organic.
The Boulder Organic soup is organic, non-GMO Project Verified and gluten-free. It is made with ingredients like Organic Butternut Squash, Organic Heavy Cream, Sea Salt and Organic Sugars. (Source: Boulder Organic Web site 9/22/18)
SUGAR COMPARISON: The Boulder Organic Autumn Squash soup above has 7 grams of sugar per serving vs. 11 grams of sugar per serving for the O, That’s Good! Creamy Butternut Squash soup.
CLOSEST TO HOMEMADE™: One of the Closest To Homemade™ Butternut Squash soups is refrigerated Jùs by Julie. To note, it does contain added sugar.