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Some of our recipes require food starches, and others do not. However, many of our products are made without gluten-containing ingredients but are manufactured on shared equipment that have not been tested for the presence of gluten. These products may be suitable for people looking to reduce gluten but not for those who may have celiac disease. These products can be identified by the lack of gluten-containing ingredients on the label, even though the labels does not make a gluten-free claim.
Although we have significantly reduced our use of the ingredient in recent years, we do use high fructose corn syrup when it is right for the recipe, mostly to help deliver a smoother texture than other sugars can provide, or to keep the cost of a product affordable.
Many people have told us they would prefer to avoid high fructose corn syrup, which is why we will continue to move away from using it in new products we launch and explore opportunities to remove it from certain existing products.
More than 80% of the products we offer for retail sale in the United States do not contain high fructose corn syrup including Campbell’s Sauces, Campbell’s Homestyle soup, Swanson broth, Prego Italian sauces and Slow Kettle Style soups.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of a common amino acid. MSG occurs naturally in many foods, such as tomatoes and cheeses. It has been used safely as a seasoning in cooking for more than 100 years. It adds a savory or umami flavor and when used in conjunction with salt it creates a clean savory taste.
MSG is lower in sodium compared with table salt (sodium chloride). It contains only 13% sodium compared to 39% sodium in table salt. This means a small amount of MSG can be used instead of salt to create an appealing savory flavor. This is particularly useful when making great tasting foods which have reduced sodium and fat.
For people looking to avoid MSG, we make nearly 600 different product varieties that don’t contain added MSG. These include soups, broths, salsas, cooking sauces, canned pastas and others in our Meals & Beverages portfolio and crackers, chips, pretzels, popcorn, nuts, and other savory snacks in our Snacks portfolio.
One way we reduced sodium across our portfolio is by using alternative ingredients such as potassium salt. Potassium salt can replace a portion of the sodium, provide a savory flavor to foods and help consumers incorporate more of this essential mineral into their diet. Eating foods with potassium can help maintain a healthy blood pressure, which contributes to heart health. Potassium can help blunt the effects of sodium on blood pressure. Current Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 4,700 mg of potassium and no more than 2,300 mg of sodium daily.
If you want to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet, we offer more than 500 products across our Snacks and Meals & Beverages divisions that meet FDA’s strict criteria for being called “healthy,” which includes a limit on sodium per serving. In our Meals & Beverages division, we offer lower sodium varieties of Campbell’s soup, Swanson stock and broth, and V8 beverages to help consumers meet their unique dietary needs. Our Snacks division also offers consumers lower sodium options with products like Cape Cod Lightly Salted chips, Kettle Brand Unsalted Chips, Snyder’s of Hanover Unsalted Mini Pretzels, Emerald Natural Almonds and Walnuts, and more.
To learn more about how we view sodium in our products, review our Position on Sodium.
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