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Canned Chicken Noodle Soup - Bad for Baby?

ok sorry for the dumb question. My 11 month old is very picky, and also can't eat dairy yet, so it is a challenge to expand her food options. One thing she LOVES is campbells chicken noodle soup. I gave her a bit of mine one time and she loved it and she will SHOVEL it into her mouth by the handful. So my question is, how bad is it for her? If I get the low sodium canned soup, is it still too high in sodium? If I attempt to make my own (I'm not much of a cook), and I use low sodium chicken broth, is that enough to make it healthy enough for her to eat? I had my mom make some homemade and she wouldn't touch it. probably not enough salt for her taste haha.

How about a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, already cooked. Too high in sodium?

Am I worrying too much about the sodium thing?

Thanks!

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More than anything, it's the BPA lined cans that pose the most health risk when it comes to soup, not sodium. There's lots of debate out there about it causing hormone problems and more in children. Next concern would be sodium and additives.

Try homemade, or glass jarred soups or organic dry soups and see if she likes those as much as the Campbell's if you're concerned about the quality of the soup.

For more on BPA canned goods see:

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/decem...

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/bpa-dangers-pantry/story...

For BPA free canned goods see:

http://blogs.mercola.com/sites/vitalvotes/archive/2010/03...

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I love it too, but it so so bad for you (and baby) nutritionally. I make a big homemade batch and freeze in in small sections, so it is easy to serve whenever you get the craving. This is the perfect time to get her used to less salt. And, you can make it even more nutritious by adding in more veggies.

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I love it too, but it so so bad for you (and baby) nutritionally. I make a big homemade batch and freeze in in small sections, so it is easy to serve whenever you get the craving. This is the perfect time to get her used to less salt. And, you can make it even more nutritious by adding in more veggies.

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More than anything, it's the BPA lined cans that pose the most health risk when it comes to soup, not sodium. There's lots of debate out there about it causing hormone problems and more in children. Next concern would be sodium and additives.

Try homemade, or glass jarred soups or organic dry soups and see if she likes those as much as the Campbell's if you're concerned about the quality of the soup.

For more on BPA canned goods see:

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/decem...

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/bpa-dangers-pantry/story...

For BPA free canned goods see:

http://blogs.mercola.com/sites/vitalvotes/archive/2010/03...

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No it's NOT good for anyone...except in moderation. EVERY child should have a "low sodium" diet. Even the low sodium kinds have too much sodium in them. Especially, for a baby. I'm sorry, but canned soup is not healthy. I'm not sure how people could be duped into thinking that!! http://www.foodfacts.com/NutritionFacts/Chicken-Based/Cam...

http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/saltinbabyfood.htm

Do you have a crock pot? Making soup in a crock pot is SO easy. You can find tons of recipes just by searching google.

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I would be more concerned about the BPA in the cans then the sodium. But I think in moderation it should be OK. We cannot avoid all chemicals in life. Campbell’s does not use MSG in their soups (I just checked the can we have and it is not listed). I don’t think this company uses it.
My daughter loves these too, she likes the shapes Dora, Disney Princesses etc. My mom gave this to us when we were kids, just not every day. Homemade would be better, but Campbell’s is more convenient.

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Chicken soup - too much sodium. (And the salt is probably why she likes it so much! My meat-averse toddler loves salty bacon.) Try sprinkling some salt on the homemade soup right before she eats it. That should make it taste salty, but it will still have less sodium than canned.

Rotisserie chicken - probably fine.

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Sodium is a huge concern. Both for the health issues and because you are shaping her tastes still (which feeds into the health issues in the long run). I agree with other posters about the bpa concerns as well. One thing to look into is getting some real sea salt (not what most of them are in the supermarket, as they can really call anything sea salt) to use. It generally comes coarse, so you might want to grind it up, and it's grey or pink in color (at least the ones I have encountered). These are not processed and just straight sodium; they actually have minerals that are beneficial. Also, asian markets sell liquid aminos that you can substitute for salt in cooking and they work pretty well. You've clearly got good intuition, being concerned, so follow your gut!

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Oh god, it's fine! If it's good for you (which it is), it's fine for her, too.
Draining cans of soup was one of my most reliable tricks for getting meat and veggies into my kids at that age. They were always squishy enough for the "no teeth" crowd, and the different types gave them some variety.

Good thinking mama!

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It is really high in sodium (even the 'reduced' sodium). Way healthier to make your own - throw a chicken (or just left over bones and parts) in a pot with an onion, carrot and some celery (to make the stock). Cover with water and simmer for an hour - skim any froth. To make the soup, just take the broth, add some chopped carrots, any other veggies you want and some whole grain noodles (cooked) or brown rice and cook a little bit. Homemade stock freezes well - if you freeze as ice cubes you can just defrost what you need. Even if you salt to taste, you will almost certainly find you add way less than in a canned soup.

Salt is a fairly addictive flavor (to all ages) so you want your daughter to get hooked on the homemade stuff now, not the high salt stuff.
The comment on canned veggies generally being high in salt is correct. BUT frozen veggies are no higher than fresh and generally much tastier than canned.

When my son was that age, what we did was feed him what we ate. Does your daughter show interest in what you are eating? Let her try it. There is no reason at all to restrict her to 'kid friendly' food - after all do you eat like that? I don't, nor did I actually know anyone who did until having a child.

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