Product Review: Gluten Free Cafe Chicken Noodle Soup - Celiac Disease
May 27 2010

Product Review: Gluten Free Cafe Chicken Noodle Soup

While growing up and even during my young adult years, I loved chicken noodle soup. I had an affinity for Campbell’s Double Noodle and loved only adding a touch of water to maximize the noodles per bite. Imagine my excitement when I learned that Gluten Free Cafe had a Chicken Noodle Soup!

Gluten Free Cafe’s Chicken Noodle Soup has 90 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein & 2 grams of fiber per serving. It is higher in sodium than I would like at 760mg/serving. One of the best things about Gluten Free Cafe is their fortified products. One serving of this soup contains the following:

  • Vitamin A 30% RDA
  • Calcium 25% RDA
  • Vitamin D 20% RDA
  • Riboflavin 20% RDA
  • Folic Acid 20% RDA
  • Iron 25% RDA
  • Thiamin 20% RDA
  • Niacin 20% RDA

Gluten Free Cafe is certified “Gluten-free” by The Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Their foods are also fortified to help improve health. Many people suffering from Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance are also deficient in some vitamins & minerals. Here is some more information from Gluten Free Cafe on fortified foods:

Fortified 3 Ways for Your Health

Gluten Free Café offers the only line of all natural frozen foods, snacks and soups that are certified gluten free—and fortified with essential nutrients to address vitamin, mineral, and fiber deficiencies that commonly affect those following gluten-free diets.

1. B Vitamins & Iron The absence of enriched wheat flour or whole wheat flour in gluten free food products results in a loss of valuable dietary nutrients, including B Vitamins and Iron. Our Gluten Free Café items are enriched according to the FDA’s nutritional requirements for enriched flour and provide a good source of Iron and B Vitamins Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Folic Acid.

2. Fiber Since the gluten-free diet relies on the replacement of fiber-rich wheat flours with other “digestive-friendly” grains, it’s common to experience some dietary fiber loss. But not with Gluten Free Café products! We’ve taken care to ensure that you don’t lose the all-important benefits of fiber. All Gluten Free Café snack bars, entrees and soups are fortified with soluble fiber, a non-digestible carbohydrate. We formulate most of our products with inulin which has a prebiotic effect by promoting the growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract. Our Chicken Noodle soup is fortified with acacia gum to help balance the environment of the intestines. Both inulin and acacia gum are plant-derived, all-natural fibers that help you to maintain a healthy digestive system.

3. Vitamin D and Calcium If you have gluten intolerance or celiac disease, there’s a 30% chance that you are also lactose intolerant…which means you may not be getting sufficient Vitamin D and Calcium in your diet. Deficiencies can also be caused by poor nutrient absorption, a common effect of your condition. Due to these factors, it is generally recommended that patients with gluten intolerance be screened for osteoporosis. To help ensure against deficiencies, we’ve fortified each of our Gluten Free Café products with Vitamin D and Calcium…in amounts equivalent to those found in an 8-ounce glass of whole milk!

I had a bowl of this soup yesterday for lunch. I was impressed upon opening the can that it smelled much like the chicken noodle soup I remember eating when I was younger. There were plenty of noodles, chicken, carrots and celery. I heated the soup up on the stove and could not wait to dive right in. I was thrilled with this soup! The taste was fantastic! The noodles did not get soggy – they were perfect. The soup broth is a little thicker than some of the soups I remember, but there is nothing wrong with that.

I don’t eat a lot of canned soups, but I would definitely purchase this soup again. It is so nice to have tasty, gluten-free options available for times when traveling or visiting friends and family.

Gluten Free Cafe products are available in many stores across the US. They have a variety of entrees, 4 soups and 3 different snack bars in their gluten-free line. Gluten Free Cafe is a part of The Hain Celestial Group.

**Many thanks to Mambo Sprouts for the complimentary sample of soup.

Article Written by:

Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!


  1. Tiffany Janes says:

    This soup has been at Return to Eden for a while (I think) and after reading your review, I’m definitely going to pick some up. They are also sold on Amazon or will be soon. People can sign up to be notified when they’re available.

    The Hain Celestial rep. I spoke to about the new soups a while back said it would be helpful for us to ask our health food stores to bring these in.

  2. Thanks for the info about Amazon and to ask the health food stores to carry this. 🙂

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