Tag Archives: commercials

still seeing MSG

I saw a commercial yesterday for Campbell’s that said there is no msg in over one hundred (and twenty? eighty? I don’t remember) soups of theirs.

I don’t know if they just didn’t include the soups that I have in that commercial, or if the soups that I have are old, and they switched their recipe.

Either way, I think “less than 2% msg” still counts as msg.

I’ve seen the glowing light of MSG

I saw this commercial yesterday for some canned soup. Not sure of the brand, and I don’t want to falsely advertise. (Based on this and the previous post, one would think I’m watching a lot of television. o_O)

The commercial was playing, but I wasn’t really paying attention until they mentioned “no msg” in their ingredients. I thought, why would you advertise something as obvious as that? Who uses msg in their products other than Asian foods?

Well that just goes to show how oblivious I am, because lo and behold, after the commercial ended, I got up and checked the Campbell’s soups I had, and yup there it was, monosodium glutamate.

There was a study I found once, I don’t know where, that rats who were fed large amounts of msg went blind. (I guess it was this study cited in Wikipedia.) But the amounts they were fed were much greater than any amount that humans would eat, so it wasn’t really a health risk.

I don’t really worry about msg in my food, mostly because I was going on the assumption that it’s only found in products sold at Mitsuwa or other Asian foods in the grocery store. I just keep my intake of those items to a minimum. Maybe no more than once or twice a week.

The soups that I have here (Campbell’s Chunky salisbury steak, condensed homestyle chicken noodle and condensed minestrone) all say “contains less than 2% of … monosodium glutamate.” The Chunky one actually says 1% and not 2%, but it also has disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate. (Although I don’t really know what they do, health-wise or chemical-wise. I just don’t consider them all that natural or healthy.)

The condensed split pea with ham & bacon soup does not have msg, although it says “flavoring” (and not “natural,” hmm…) which is sort of ambiguous, and “natural smoke flavoring.” What the heck is natural smoke flavoring?! Did they pump smoke into the soup through little tubes??? (Sorry, I just thought it was funny.)

I don’t eat soups often anyway, because of all the sodium (my soups here range from 1780 to 2400 mg of sodium for the whole can), but knowing that there’s msg as well will make me think twice if I’ve eaten a lot of Asian food recently. :3

my new favorite commercial

I just saw this commercial on tv. It was about reading and using your imagination to go places! Omigosh! Love!

Apparently the Library of Congress started an ad campaign to get kids reading, called Lifelong Literacy.

The commercials start out at a train station crowded full of kids. (Harry Potter!) They’re looking at arrival/departure boards for places like Atlantis, Wonderland, and Narnia. They’re all holding books XD and some other shots, and other stuff happens.

The one I saw was the Oz version. You can view it on Youtube here.

I don’t know, I guess it’s just the mixture of childhood and reading and getting away that appeals to me so much. I just love it!

Happy cows?

Awwies, PETA’s a bunch of meanies. Blegh.

How green is their valley? Do they even have a valley? A lawsuit filed on Wednesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals challenges whether the California dairy industry’s award-winning ad campaign featuring “Happy Cows” frolicking in verdant pastures is false advertising. The suit, filed in San Francisco, asks a Superior Court judge to order the California Milk Advisory Board to permanently suspend its two-year-old television and print advertising campaign.

I mean, they have a point. But I never thought that all the cows wandered in green valleys. ^_^;; I mean, how many green valleys are there in California? All I can think of is the San Fernando Valley and that’s not green at all. And the one by Noelle’s house, if that is a valley … I’m not sure … it looks like a desert.

But those commercials are so cuuute! XD “Foot massage! Ahhhhh! *earthquake goes by* … Darn, those never last long enough.” Heehee. ^_^