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Sugar May Be an Ingredient in Your Vegetable Broth

I've Been Cooking With This Ingredient For Years and Just Found Out It Contains Sugar!

With colder temps and pumpkin spice everything, Fall means it's officially soup season. I was picking up some veggie broth to make sweet potato, butternut squash, and white bean soup soup when I overheard an older woman saying to her spouse, "There's sugar in this, too!" I had just placed a container of organic vegetable broth in my cart, but I picked it up, quickly scanned the ingredients, and was shocked to see "organic cane sugar."

This was the store brand of organic vegetable broth, and I couldn't believe it contained sugar! Veggies and spices I'd expect, but not sugar. I checked a few other well-known brands, and they had sugar as well; even the jar of bouillon I use had cane sugar. I always look for dairy, but didn't think I'd have to check for sugar.

I've had a history with sugar upsetting my stomach, so I try to avoid it, and I especially wouldn't put it in a savory dinner recipe. If I'm going to have sugar, I want it to be chocolate, vegan ice cream, or a homemade banana chocolate muffin!

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So check your labels if avoiding sugar is important to you (or if you're following Whole30, keto, or a paleo diet), not only in broths and stocks, but also in packaged and canned soups. You'll be happy to know that Trader Joe's Organic Vegetable Stock is sugar-free, as well as both the Pacific brand and Imagine Organic Vegetable Broth.

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