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Pain in the glass.

It looks so inviting, so homemade. It's even got a snazzy new jar. But the latest incarnation of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup is anything but Old Faithful dressed up in new packaging.

A cup of Campbell's canned Home Cookin' Cream of Mushroom Soup has 13 grams of fat. A reconstituted cup of Campbell's condensed canned Cream of Mushroom has seven grams.

But a cup of the new "Cream of Mushroom Under Glass" has (hold your fungi, folks) 23 grams of fat -- which includes a quarter of your day's quota of artery-clogging saturated fat.

The sodium got a boost, too. From 870 milligrams (condensed) or 970 mg (Home Cookin') to 1, 130 mg. That's for just one cup.

Many cooks keep cream of mushroom in the cupboard for emergencies -- to pour over some baked chicken breasts or to use in a quick-fix skillet supper.

If that's you, grab a can of Healthy Choice, Healthy Choice Recipe Creations, or Campbell's Healthy Request or Creative Chef cream of mushroom. Each cup has less than three grams of fat, though the sodium (450 to 480 mg) is high.

But before you pop the top, pick up the phone. Let Campbell know that putting its soups in nice-looking jars is no excuse for pumping up their fat and sodium.
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Title Annotation:Campbell's Cream of Mushroom packaged in jars is not nutritional
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Sep 1, 1997
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