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Taking stock.

No-fat chicken broth is the secret ingredient in "Skinny Mashed Potatoes" and fat-free sauces and other dishes, imply the ads for Swanson Chicken Broth. But they don't say a peep about the secret ingredient's secret ingredients: MSG, salt, and sugar.

Just one cup of Swanson Chicken Broth contains 1,000 milligrams of sodium -- almost half your daily limit. Campbell's Healthy Request (480 mg) and Swanson Natural Goodness (560 mg) are better.

Campbell's Ready to Serve Low Sodium Chicken Broth (140 mg) and Health Valley No Salt Added Chicken Broth (75 mg) sound even more promising. Too bad they didn't keep the chicken in the pot a little longer. They have all the taste of something that came out of the hot water tap.

That's why Health Valle Fat-Free Chicken Broth Soup is such a find -- rich chicken flavor to spare and only 170 mg of sodium per cup.

Why make such a fuss over Health Valley? Because you could go nuts trying to find a low-fat recipe these days that doesn't call for chicken broth.

If you're a vegetarian, you'll have a tougher time. Hain Healthy Naturals Vegetable Broth (35 mg of sodium) doesn't offer much in the flavor department. And Arrowhead Mills (590 mg) and Swanson (1,000 mg) are too salty.

We're still looking.
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Title Annotation:nutritional value of chicken broths
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Sep 1, 1997
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