If you’re in the mood for some healthy comfort food or just crave a warm meal, then soup may be precisely what you need.
We often limit soups to the cold-weather seasons, but they’re a great meal option any time of the year — especially when they’re rich in protein and keep you full for hours.
Health Benefits of Soups
A bowl of soup may be an easy, quick, and tasty way to add more nutrients to your diet. When prepared with the right ingredients, soup can be a truly healthy dish with multiple nutritional benefits.
- Soup is an easy and tasty way to increase your vegetable intake, associated with a reduced risk of weight gain, which is a risk factor for chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes.
- Soups can be made with almost anything you have available in your kitchen.
- They also deliver great flavour while keeping added fats and calories to a minimum.
- It may help you manage your weight. Studies show that daily calorie intake tends to be lower for people who eat soup.
- Eating soup may reduce hunger and increase fullness. This may be due, in part, to cognitive factors where people believe the soup will make them full.
- Eating soup can help you stay hydrated, as your total water intake may come from drinking water, water in beverages, or water in food — as is the case for soup, fruits, and vegetables.
What to beware of
Some ingredients used to improve texture or taste may produce an unhealthy dish that you might want to eat less frequently-
Thickening Agents: Some of the most popular ingredients used to thicken soups include full fat milk, heavy cream, coconut cream, cornstarch, bread, cheese, egg yolks, and roux — a mixture of butter and flour. These ingredients can be part of a healthy lifestyle in small amounts. Consuming them in large amounts may lead to weight gain.
Alternatives: Yogurt or mashed legumes such as beans, chickpeas, or lentils.
Sodium Content: High sodium intakes are associated with high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart and kidney disease, and stroke. Watch out for are instant and canned soups, which are often loaded with sodium.
Alternatives: Spices such as oregano, garlic, basil, or onion powders can upgrade your soup.
Bouillon Cubes: Monosodium glutamate, better known as MSG, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 are just three of the unsettling ingredients found in a typical bouillon cube.
Soup is generally an easy-to-make dish that may help you pack a whole lot of nutrients into your diet. When made with nutrient-rich ingredients, such as vegetables and lean proteins, soup may provide numerous health benefits.