Soup Ingredients to Avoid on the Paleo Diet

By Kellyann Petrucci, Melissa Joulwan, Patrick Flynn, Adriana Harlan

You’re giving yourself more of what you need if you use Paleo soup recipes instead of buying ready-to-eat soups or broths at the grocery store. But if you find yourself in a situation where you have to buy ready-made soup or broth, you can still ensure that you’re getting the best ingredients and none of the bad stuff.

Most canned soups contain gluten, preservatives, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and high sodium levels. Be extra careful to check labels and watch for sneaky names for wheat/gluten or MSG that often find their way into the broths:

  • Sneaky names for wheat and gluten: If the following ingredients appear on a label, the food may contain wheat and/or gluten:

    • Artificial flavoring

    • Bleached flour

    • Caramel color

    • Dextrin

    • Flavorings

    • Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP)

    • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)

    • Hydrolyzed wheat protein

    • Hydrolyzed wheat starch

    • Malt

    • Maltodextrin

    • Modified food starch

    • Natural flavoring

    • Seasonings

    • Soy sauce

    • Vegetable protein

    • Vegetable starch

    • Wheat germ oil

    • Wheat grass

    • Wheat protein

    • Wheat starch

  • Sneaky names for MSG: If the following ingredients appear on a label, the food contains MSG:

    • Any “flavors” or “flavoring”

    • Any hydrolyzed protein

    • Anything hydrolyzed

    • Anything ultra-pasteurized

    • Autolyzed yeast

    • Barley malt

    • Calcium caseinate

    • Calcium glutamate

    • Carrageenan

    • Citrate

    • Citric acid

    • Gelatin

    • Glutamate

    • Glutamic acid

    • Magnesium glutamate

    • Malt extract

    • Maltodextrin

    • Monoammonium glutamate

    • Monopotassium glutamate

    • Monosodium glutamate

    • Natrium glutamate

    • Pectin

    • Protease

    • Sodium caseinate

    • Soy protein

    • Soy protein concentrate

    • Soy protein isolate

    • Soy sauce

    • Soy sauce extract

    • Textured protein

    • Whey protein

    • Whey protein isolate

    • Yeast extract

    • Yeast food

    • Yeast nutrient