I saw a commercial the other night for a ubiquitous soup company. Among their marketing statements they said that their soup is “made with farm-grown ingredients.” It’s funny how nutritious and back-to-basics that sounds because when you really think about it, what else would their soup be made with? We’re not yet at the point where we’re growing carrots and chickens in petri dishes for mass consumption. Their soup can also help you achieve a healthy weight. You could probably say that about pretty much any food if you only consumed enough of it that you were ingesting fewer (or the same) calories than you were expending. Marketers are savvy. They know that we want to be thinner and that we want to know where are food comes from. So they provide us with the illusion that their product is the answer. This soup ad made it seem like it was the next best thing to growing, harvesting, and cooking the vegetables yourself. I decided to take a little peek at the nutrition facts for one of their “healthy” options. This particular soup had 480 mg of sodium per roughly one cup serving. I don’t know about you, but if I’m having soup for a meal I’m liable to eat more than that. Even if you do stick to the serving size on the label that’s still a large chunk of your daily sodium in one small bowl. You’d be much better off making a pot of soup yourself.