Why Soup Is Super
A cup of soup is a comforting choice for a chilly winter’s day. But having soup as an appetizer or main course does more than warm you from the inside out. It can also help you:
Reduce calories. Broth-based soup is considered a low-energy-density food, which means it contains a low number of calories per gram. You can eat a satisfying amount without consuming too many calories, and that’s beneficial for managing your weight.
Eat more veggies. Vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients—substances in plant foods that promote healthy aging and help prevent chronic diseases. From garden vegetable and tomato to potato-kale and butternut squash, many varieties of soup are outstanding sources of vegetables.
Stay hydrated. Water is essential for many bodily functions, such as maintaining a normal temperature, lubricating joints, digesting food, absorbing nutrients, and eliminating waste. Eating broth-based soup contributes to good hydration.
When you soup up your diet, it’s important to choose wisely. Soups that come off a supermarket shelf or restaurant menu are often high in sodium. Consuming excessive sodium increases your risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. The American Heart Association recommends getting a maximum of 2,300 mg of sodium daily, with an ideal goal of 1,500 mg per day for most adults, including those with high blood pressure.