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Eating soup can save you calories!

February 14th, 2014 | no comments

No, it’s not some sort of whacky soup diet…soup consumption really IS linked to eating fewer calories. What’s more, recent studies have revealed that soup consumption is associated with a lower risk of obesity and aids in body weight management.

There’s only one problem however– soup (especially if it’s canned) tends to be pretty high in sodium. Some canned soups on the market today have upwards of 1000 milligrams of sodium per serving. I won’t even mention the hidden sodium in restaurant soups! OK…maybe just one example: A bowl of chicken noodle soup at your neighborhood Panera Bread will cost you a whopping 1380 milligrams of sodium! If you want to keep your heart in tiptop shape, you should really strive to eat under 2300 milligrams of sodium per day.

So what should you be looking for on a food label? The goal is to aim for less than 500 milligrams of sodium per serving. Don’t worry, there are plenty of tasty, reduced sodium soups out there. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Amy’s Organic Light in Sodium Soups (Cream of Tomato, Butternut Squash, Lentil Vegetable, Split Pea, Spicy Chili and Minestrone). Less than 350 milligrams of sodium per serving.
  • Pacific Organic Soups (Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato, Creamy Butternut Squash, Creamy Tomato). Less than 400 milligrams of sodium per serving.

NOTE: Most soups contain two servings per container! Eating the entire can means you’ll be downing double the sodium.

Of course if you really want to control your soup sodium, homemade is always your best bet. Click here for a few delicious recipes to try out!

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