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Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 7:11 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has anyone had any reactions from Imagine Organic Soups? I ate their Creamy Butternut Squash soup last night - though very little, and had the worst msg reaction I've ever had in my life. I am not certain it was the soup alone...could have been a gradual build-up of glutamates in my system as I'd been experimenting with some organic pasta (ate once a week ago) and bread (only a few slices over a weeks time). The reaction came about 6 hours after eating the soup.

Here are the ingredients:
Filtered Water
Organic Butternut Squash
Organic Onions
Organic Rice Syrup
Organic expeller pressed safflower oil, and/or sunflower oil, and/or canola oil
Organic Rice Flour
Organic Spice
Sea Salt
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 5:55 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)


I suspect the "organic spice". That term would have had me put it back on the grocery store shelf. The term "spices" is bad enough, but if it was only one they could have easily listed it.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 1:56 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I also wonder about "rice syrup". Sometimes when safe things are processed and condensed- say to make a make syrup- and we don't know how it is done- that could be suspect. Generally speaking I don't think canned soups of any kind are really safe.
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Posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 4:05 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks RP and jj...yes, the "spice" also had me wondering, though I merely assumed it was normal spices one would find in a butternut squash soup like cinnamon and nutmeg or such - though one should always be suspect if they can't even list what the spices are exactly.

The rice syrup to me seems the most likely culprit and come to think of it, I believe I've had it on my avoid list in the past but just forgot since it's been sooooo long since I've eaten anything like this.

I typically avoid all soups for obvious reasons but this one seemed so innocent - that'll teach me, huh? Guess I'll go back to using organic canned pumpkin or squash and simply add water and salt, heat it and call it soup. :P
Deb A.
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Posted on Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 3:22 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They are now adding a lot of organic autolyzed yeast as their new proprietary blend of ingredients, which is high in free glutamate. I do fine with their No Chicken Chicken broth. The store orders it for me by the case. Yes, rice syrup is refined and can contain glutamate residues from the rice. Though rice contains less natural glutamate than wheat or corn, it still has some.
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Posted on Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 2:34 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Deb, do you think the autolyzed yeast is part of what they list as "organic spices" on the labels? The soup I had didn't have auto yeast listed as I know to avoid that ingredient with a 20 mile pole, so I am wondering if they aren't disclosing that in their ingredient lists. No matter, I am going to have to avoid their products - even tho you say you are fine with the no chicken one, I am too scared to try any of their products at this point unfortunately.

I bought a can of Farmers Organic Butternut Squash and heated it in a sauce pan with filtered water, ghee, and organic spices - it worked out rather well and I seemed to do fine with that one. :-)
Deb A.
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Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 8:38 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Glad you found one you could eat. It's hard to say if autolyzed yeast was the culprit, but I sure see it in a lot of so called natural soups now...even in ones that advertise on TV as not containing MSG. They sure are sneaky. Every soup producer knows what MSG can do for their soups, and if they can find an alternative that the public can't identify as MSG, then they will use it. Remember, it's very easy to roast a butternut squash till tender. Let cool and remove skin from each half(seeded). Cut in chunks and freeze what you don't need for another day. I puree the chunks with 1/2 onion, a garlic clove, some nutmeg, ginger and cayenne, and some milk or water. It should be thick when you pour it in the pot. You can dilute with No Chicken broth from Imagine or just more water, cream or milk. Salt, pepper, and season to taste. Cook on low for a few minutes. You can do the same with broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes.

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