The Benefits of Soup
Soup is an excellent food for anyone trying to lose weight or eat more healthfully. Here are a few reasons why:
- Eating soup helps cut your intake of food. By having a bowl of low-calorie soup prior to a meal, you can cut your total mealtime intake of amount of food and calories. According to Penn State researchers, diners consumed 20 percent fewer calories when they had both the soup and entree compared to when they did not have soup. The authors cautioned people to pick low-calorie, broth-based soups that are about 100 to 150 calories per serving.
- Soups are great for diets. Many soups are low calorie, low fat, high fiber, vegetarian, and delicious! According to The Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 97% of people who ate soup as part of a low-calorie diet thought soup was a valuable part of their weight loss plan. Also, since broth-based soups have a lot of water and relatively few calories per portion, it has lower energy density than other foods. By increasing the water content of your foods and decreasing the fat content, you lower your food’s energy density. If a food has low energy density, you can eat more of it. Also, broth-based, vegetarian or lean meat soups that are water rich and low calorie actually encourage weight loss.
- Soups are healthy. Well, most of them. Not necessarily the crab bisque with the heavy cream and sherry, but most. Many soups use beans, low sodium and low fat vegetable or chicken broth, lean meats, brown rice, barley, and of course, vegetables. There’s something special about taking a bunch of healthy foods, adding water or broth, and heating it up. Plus, soups are just satisfying to eat. In addition, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that eating soup (like a chicken and rice soup) reduced calorie intake of subsequent meals more effectively than eating the ingredients (chicken and rice) separately followed by a glass of water.
- Making soup is easy. And the best way to prove that is to follow some of the recipes on soup.co.uk! Bon appetite!