One of my favorite things to make these days is a big pot roast on Sunday. First, its incredibly easy to make because I can throw all the ingredients into a pan or crockpot and let it cook. Second, I can use the leftovers to make meals for the rest of the week. One of the steps to my pot roast is using a package of Onion Soup mix. It’s an easy and convenient way to add flavor to the roast. Until I looked at the ingredients. BLECH.
What is in the store bought Soup Mix?
The ingredients listed here is the Mrs. Grass Onion Soup mix manufactured by H.J. Heinz Co. Here is a breakdown of the ingredients, if it’s any good or not, and whether or not there is a possible GMO correlation as well.
GMO is thought to be in approximately 70-90% of our corn and soybean supply. GMO’s are known to cause health issues such as organ damage, immune disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. In addition, every single country except the US and Canada require GMO labeling (3rd world countries are getting more truth that we are!). If this topic interest you, check out The Future of Food for more information. Here are other reasons why you should consider the issue of labeling GMO foods. Good God, if zombies could ever actually run over our planet, it will probably be linked back to GMO foods or too many crazy chemicals in the food.
|Ingredient||Is it any Good?||GMO?|
|Modified Corn Starch||Ok||YES|
|Hydrogenated Soybean Oil||GROSS||YES|
|Hydrolyzed Torula and Brewers Yeast Protein||Ok*||Unk|
|Hydrolyzed Soy Protein||GROSS||YES|
|Hydrolyzed Corn Protein||GROSS||YES|
|Autolyzed Yeast Extract||GROSS||No|
|Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil||GROSS||YES|
Active Yeast Ingredients
I had a painful bout of thrush while I was breastfeeding that lasted over two months due to overgrowth of yeast in my gut. Normal medicatin could not get rid of it, so I placed myself on a strict Candidia removal diet (essentially organic meats, low glycemic vegetables, no sugar, no fruit, no bread or grains, and good fats). These days, I try to avoid the yeast and sugar as much as I can, but some days, it’s tough.
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil: Also a main ingredient in paints, varnishes, lacquers, and inks. This solid fat is also used in soap manufacturing, rubber substitutes, plastics, and even feeds.
Hydrolyzed Soy Protein: The process of hydrogenation creates “trans fatty acids” (TFAs), which are toxic entities that enter cell membranes, block utilization of essential fatty acids (EFAs) and impede cell functionality. TFAs also cause a rise in blood cholesterol. These substances are not present in natural oils.
Monosodium Glutamate: Consuming MSG Is not a health hazard to the individual, but some may exhibit allergic reactions due to hypersensitivity.
Hydrolyzed Corn Protein: Hydrolyzed corn protein is the produced by boiling the corn in hydrochloric acid and neutralizing it with sodium hydroxide.
Caramel Color: Form of burnt sugar; caramel color may or may not contain gluten depending on how it is manufactured.
Autolyzed Yeast Extract: Also called Yeast Autolysate, autolyzed yeast extract is the result from the water-soluble components of the yeast cell breaking down proteins under acidic and cold environments. It contains free glutamic acid, the source of the flavor enhancing properties of the yeast extract. The product is used as a flavor enhancer and can be found as a liquid, paste, powder, or granular form. See Monosodium Glutamate.
Natural Flavor: Under the Code of Federal Regulation, natural flavor is defined as the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating, enzymolysis (biochemical decomposition of a substance), which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs , dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.
Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil: Partially hydrogenated is when hydrogen gas is pumped into the oil to fill in the unsaturated fat (good fats) bonds. However, through partial hydrogenation, the soybean oil takes a stiffer texture and the natural omega-3 fatty acids levels seen in natural soybean oil are lowered. This version of oil is therefore unhealthier to the consumer because of its unnatural use of hydrogenation which forms trans-fats that the body cannot breakdown. Trans-fats are solid fats produced from oil by unnatural methods and interfere with metabolic processes such as increasing LDL or bad cholesterol.
*The information in Gross Ingredients source at FoodFacts.com
When I started searching on the Internet, I found something that I had never heard of: Nutritional Yeast. At first, I was leery of it, but after I did my research, I found that it is really good for you, high in vitamens & minerals, is low fat, is ‘deactivated’ meaning that it is neutral, and so much more. If you don’t live near a health sotre that offers it, you can purchase Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning – 4.5 oz – Flake
*For the beef bouillion in this recipe, you can make your own now, or for future use.[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:9]