Reading the Label – Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni

Food or filler – You be the judge…

Food energizes the body and makes you feel good. Filler fools the body into believing it has been fed, is difficult to digest and promotes weight gain.



Tomatoes (tomato puree, water)

Enriched pasta (semolina wheat flour, wheat protein isolate (wheat gluten phosphate, lactic acid), niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vitamin B2), folic acid),


Less than 2% of:  cheese (enzyme modified cheddar, pasteurized processed cheddar, blue cheddar, granular and semisoft (pasteurized milk cultures, salt and enzymes), water, sodium phosphate, salt, milkfat, Apo-carotenal and Vitamin A palmitate (colors)

Modified corn starch

Margarine (partially hydrogenated soybean oil, liquid soybean oil, water, salt, whey, soybean lecithin, mono and diglycerides, sodium benzoate (a preservative)

Artificial flavor, beta carotene and Vitamin A palmitate (colors), high fructose corn syrup, sweet cream, salt, sea salt, non-fat milk

Sugar, tomato powder, sodium caseinate, flavorings, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid,whey, butter (cream, salt), milk protein concentrate, sodium diacetate, artificial color (yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40)

Beet powder, lactic acid, wheat flour, vinegar, oleoresin paprika, salt 

Recognizable Ingredients




Corn starch


Tomato powder


Beet powder

Wheat flour


Salt (listed 7 times; sodium is listed 4 times)

Non-food Terms ??? Additives???

Wheat protein isolate

Wheat gluten phosphate

Lactic acid

Pasteurized milk cultures


Sodium phosphate


Sodium benzoate

Artificial color (yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40)

No Clue What This Might Be

Enzyme modified cheddar

Pasteurized processed cheddar

Blue cheddar

Granular and semisoft


Vitamin A palmitate

Artificial flavor

Sodium caseinate

Autolyzed yeast extract

Milk protein concentrate

Sodium diacetate

Oleoresin paprika