Many people today rely on diet food products in their attempt to lose weight and foods can be delivered directly to the dieter’s door. When choosing a diet plan it is easy to be tempted by some of the deliciously tempting low calorie foods on offer which are described in such glowing terms by the food companies. What dieter would not want to indulge in a bowl of scrumptious, soul satisfying creamy tomato soup, reminiscent of childhood but even richer than one remembers, as the Nutri system advertisement reads?
The cream of tomato soup which Medifast sells doesn’t come with such a delicious description, but it is has just 100 calories and only needs the addition of water. Maybe Medifast could not really boast about its flavor as dieters report it to taste of chalk and leave a nasty aftertaste. Both diets do claim that their products are healthy and natural and have all the requisite number of 23 synthetic vitamins added. Medifast products are just powdered sachets whilst Nutri System talks up their large choice of foods as chef inspired but not chef prepared.
However a search for the ingredients contained in these two rival tomato soups produced the following. This is the ingredients list for Nutri Systems delicious creamy soup:WATER, TOMATO PASTE, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), CANOLA OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, ONION POWDER, DEHYDRATED GARLIC, CREAM POWDER (HEAVY CREAM, NONFAT DRY MILK, TOCOPHEROLS, ASCORBYL PALMITATE), SPICES, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, CARAGEENAN, SODIUM CASEINATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, TOMATO POWDER, BUTTER FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVORS, INULIN, CARAMINE POWDER (MALTODEXTRIN, CARMINE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE), CITRIC ACID, ASCORBIC ACID, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, ISOLATED SOY PROTEIN, FLAVOR (SALT, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, LESS THAN 2% OF NATURAL FLAVORS), SUCRALOSE. CONTAINS MILK, SOY AND WHEAT.
Note that no actual tomatoes are used in the soup but it is enhanced with high fructose corn syrup which is a cheap sugar replacement, even though sugar isn’t the first ingredient which would spring to mind with tomato soup.Medifasts tomato soup lists these ingredients, bound to appeal to the health conscious dieter: Whey protein concentrate, tomato powder, calcium and sodium caseinate, oat fiber, citric acid, salt, calcium phosphate, xanthan gum, magnesium oxide, beet powder, monosodium glutamate, soy lecithin, molybdenum yeast, artificial flavor, ascorbic acid, chromium yeast, selenium yeast, acesulfame potassium (non-nutritive sweetener), gum arabic, vitamin E acetate, zinc oxide, niacinamide, vitamin A palmitate, reduced iron, disodium inosinate and guanylate, copper gluconate, d-calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, vitamin D3, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, potassium iodide, phytonadione, cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12). Again, not a single addition of fresh tomato but lots of artificial flavors and chemicals.
Here is an excellent tip for dieters who are interested in losing weight using natural ingredients bursting with natural flavours and absolutely guaranteed to be a winner with the taste buds. Home made tomato soup using simply fresh tomatoes, onions, fresh garlic, freshly ground pepper and basil leaves. Simple to prepare but unfortunately not as quick as pouring water into a sachet or waiting for the microwave to ping.
Sauté chopped onions and freshly crushed garlic in olive oil, add chopped tomatoes, ground pepper, and then cover with water and simmer. When the flavors are combined push the ingredients through a sieve to produce clear tomato soup and top it with basil leaves. It is fresh, natural and low in calories, contains no sugar or chemicals and would be a handy stand by for any dieter as a large pan of soup can be frozen in portions without the need for artificial preservatives.
It really could be a wake up call to dieters that wasting money on powdered and ready soups is not the way to sustain weight loss, but creating your own home made low calorie options gives you the opportunity to lose weight and keep it off afterwards without sacrificing taste.
Sources: Medifast and Nutrisystem