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Jan 21, 2009 05:44 PM

natures promise?

any info on this stop and shop supermarket brand? just by reading the label, sounds too good to be true.

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  1. What label on what product?

    We've gotten some at our local Giant supermarkets (I think the same parent company as Stop n Shop) and they've been fine. I don't think we've had anything that we've run back out to get more of but we've had things that we were happy to get again when we were back in a Giant.

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    1. re: ccbweb

      so much of the labels seem to be "organic" and "no hormones, antibiotic free" . iwas wondering if this was purely marketing or if it had any truth to it.

      1. re: winebarb

        There are laws against such "marketing" so I'd say it was reliable; but then again it doesn't mean the product's any healthier. You can probably get "no hormone, antibiotic free" Cheetos (and I'd bet even money that we'll be seeing a label like that soon enough).

        1. re: winebarb

          Within the context that it's all marketing.

          Labeling something "organic" has particular legal and regulatory requirements. Insofar as the products meet those requirements, it's accurate and not "just marketing." (Whether something being organic makes it better for you is a different question, but if they're labeled organic you can be fairly certain it meets the requirements laid out.)

          For some things, like say beef, "no hormones, antibiotic free" is a pretty good to very good thing and is also not something they're likely to lie about as it comes with legal requirements. For things like chicken or turkey, the federal government prohibits the use of antibiotics and hormones in growing chickens so while the labels are accurate they're also redundant because none of the chicken in the grocery store has been treated with those things.

          On the whole, the labels are as accurate as any other random label in the supermarket. The claims they make in those specific areas are very likely true so far as they go. None of it is going to make you healthy overnight. And organic potato chips are still potato chips. But it's not "too good to be true" level stuff in my mind. It's yet another option and the brand, overall, seems a decent to good one so far.

          1. re: ccbweb

            ccbweb, thanks. interesting thing you mentioned about the chicken. this might be a stupid question and forgive me if it is but, the "oven stuffer" variety, how do they get them so much bigger?

            1. re: winebarb

              This is a commercial breed (usually Cornish) that is indolent, even when free-ranged, and bred to have huge breasts. (These birds can barely walk.) Pretty tasteless, but they have lots of white meat, which most Americans prefer.

              1. re: pikawicca

                thank god for you "chows"! it is amazing what i have learned on this site-thanks again for the info

              2. re: winebarb

                i think the oven stuffers are older, too. i get that impression from the meat texture, too.

                1. re: winebarb

                  the organic milk is okay, but i don't think it lasts as long as safeway's organic (very good) or nationally-advertised brands, like horizon.

          2. I use their low sodium chicken broth a lot. Their regular (not low sodium) kind has less sodium than the mainstream; their low sodium has next to none, but flavor like my mom's chix broth (not that that's the very highest of accolades, but it means functional to me.)

            1. My husband likes the tortilla chips and the cinnamon pita chips are pretty good too. I've bought other stuff from the label (don't remember what) and it was all good. The prices aren't much higher than the regular stop and shop branded items.

              1. I picked up a package of Nature's Promise "Natural Chocolate Chip Cookies" and I have to say they're pretty good. The front label quote: "We use no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives because you deserve only the best, *cookie*." (they italicize the word "cookie")

                The ingredient list is close to what you'd have in any good home-baked cookie with only a few items not usually found in home kitchens: Semi-sweet chocolate*, enriched unbleached wheat flour*, butter, evaporated cane juice, whole eggs, pure vanilla extract with other natural flavors, baking soda, salt. That's it.

                *These ingredients had their own sub lists, but nothing that would contradict the claim on the front of the package.

                They were crunchy, tasty, and...they're gone. :)

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                1. re: mcsheridan

                  note: "natural flavors" This is a similar trick as other companies using "fragrances" in their ingredient list to hide things that they don't want you to know about, esp. if they claim that it's their "secret" ingredient. this leaves room for ... anything possible!

                  Side note: One well done documentary on food we buy in stores, it is a must watch for all food lovers: