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So. Campbell's soup might be facing a class-action lawsuit now. They've marked some cans of tomato soup "Low Sodium," even writing on the can that it contains 25% less sodium. But then, after paying .39¢ more for the low sodium version, let's look at the nutrtional information. Not only do they contain the same amount of sodium, but the reduced sodium version has almost identical nutritional facts, except it contains less potassium (wat). Now, I don't know about you guys, but to me, this is the exact same thing as something mentioned in Upton Sinclair's classis, The Jungle.
In his masterpiece, Sinclair investigates the horrors that were the pre-regulatory meat packing industry. He writes: "All of their sausage came out of the same bowl, but when they came to wrap it they would stamp some of it "special," and for this they would charge two cents more a pound."
Hey. Campbell's. This is the exact same damn thing. Only instead of charging 2¢ more a pound, you're charging 39¢ more for 10 oz.
In defense, Campbell's claims that when they say "25% less sodium," they actually mean 25% less than their average soup. In that case, it makes perfect sense. In that case, you're just paying 39¢ for the bright green and yellow indication on the label, as well as the mysterious extraction of 330mg of potassium...