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Does chicken broth contain gluten, milk, soy? Yes.
Posted By Alison On Jan 8, 2009 @ In Food Allergies,Gluten Intolerance,Products | 45 Comments
Over the holidays I was at a friend’s house, snooping in the pantry, when I decided to pick up a can of that good old-fashioned red-labeled Campbell’s Chicken Broth. I knew it was not gluten-free, but I couldn’t remember the exact details, so I turned it over to read the ingredients.
Yuck. How could anyone a) eat it, and b) think it is in any way close to real chicken broth? I’m not sure what put me off the most: the hydrolyzed wheat gluten, the monosodium glutamate (MSG), the corn oil, or the hydrolyzed soy and corn protein. Mmmm… just like homemade!
And so I began my own little research project on commercial chicken broth, stock and bouillon. I discovered a few things:
Unfortunately, many restaurants use packaged “chicken bases” to make stock or broth for soups, sauces and gravies, so you have to be really careful when eating out.
Here is a list of some major brands and ingredient information (and sometimes my opinion too), as of 1/06/09. Remember, ingredients can change at any time, so always check. If you have another brand you would like to list, please do so in the comments. A ** denotes brands I highly recommend.
BETTER THAN BOUILLON
Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base
Campbell’s Chicken Broth 14 oz. can
College Inn Chicken Broth 99% Fat Free, all sizes
College Inn Chicken Broth Light and Fat Free 50% Less Sodium, all sizes
College Inn Flavored Chicken Broths, all sizes
College Inn Turkey Broth, 18.5 oz. can
Herb Ox Sodium Free Chicken Granulated Bouillon
Herb Ox Chicken Instant Bouillon and Seasoning
Imagine Organic Free Range Chicken Broth, Organic Low Sodium Free Range Chicken Broth, Organic Chicken Cooking Stock
Kitchen Basics Chicken Broth, 32 oz. box
KNORR (this is a brand used in the foodservice industry)
Knorr Chicken Select Base (dry base)
Knorr Chicken No MSG Added (dry base)
Knorr Ultimate Chicken Base no MSG, Roasted Chicken, and Low Sodium
Knorr Ultimate Gourmet Edge Chicken Base
Knorr Chicken Bouillon
MINOR’S (this is a brand used in the foodservice industry)
Minor’s Chicken Base
Minor’s All Natural Chicken Base
Minor’s Chicken Base no added MSG, and Low Sodium no added MSG
Minor’s Chicken Broth Concentrate
Minor’s Roasted Chicken Broth Concentrate
Pacific Foods Natural Free Range Chicken Broth, Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Organic Free Range Chicken Broth
Progresso 100% Natural Chicken Broth and Reduced Sodium, 32 oz. box
Swanson’s Organic Free Range Chicken Broth, 32 oz. box
Swanson’s Chicken Broth 99% Fat Free, 14 oz. can
Swanson’s Natural Goodness Chicken Broth 100% Fat Free Less Sodium, 48 oz. box or 49 oz. can
Swanson’s Chicken Cooking Stock, 26 oz. broth
Safeway Chicken Broth
Safeway Chicken Broth Fat Free Reduced Sodium, various sizes
O Brand Organic Chicken Broth, 32 oz. box
Trader Joe’s Chicken Broth
Trader Joe’s Organic Free Range Chicken Broth and Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth
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