a slimming diet. The best types of soup

If you’re in the mood for some healthy comfort food or just fancy a hot meal, soup might be for you. Enjoying a bowl of soup can be an easy, quick, and flavorful way to add nutrients to your diet. While it’s a very versatile and flavorful dish, not all soups are as healthy as you might think. Here’s what makes soup healthy, the health benefits of eating soup, and a few different types in detail.

What makes soup healthy?

Prepared with the right ingredients, a soup can be a truly healthy dish with multiple nutritional benefits. For example, soups made with bone, vegetable, or meat broths provide vitamins, minerals, and nutrients like collagen. They are also very tasty while limiting added fats and calories. Plus, eating soup is an easy and tasty way to increase your vegetable intake.

High vegetable consumption is linked to a reduced risk of weight gain, which is a risk factor for chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. In addition, vegetables offer many health benefits due to their high content of vitamins, minerals, fiber and plant compounds. Plus, soups can be made with just about anything you have in your kitchen. That said, there are some ingredients to watch out for, like thickeners and spices, that can increase the caloric and sodium content of your soup and make it a pretty unhealthy meal.

The Health Benefits of Soup

Aside from helping you increase your vegetable intake, eating soup has other potential health benefits. For starters, it can help you control your weight. Studies show that daily caloric intake tends to be lower in people who eat soup. For example, one observational study showed that people who ate soup regularly had lower body weight and waist circumference than people who didn’t. The study also found that these people had higher quality diets characterized by lower fat and increased protein and fiber intake.

Studies have also shown that eating soup can reduce hunger and increase feelings of fullness. Fiber is known to increase satiety by delaying gastric emptying (the rate at which your stomach empties after eating) and increase stomach volume by absorbing water and swelling after consumption. By delaying stomach emptying and increasing stomach volume, your stomach will feel full longer, resulting in less hunger.

Finally, eating soup can help you stay hydrated. Water is essential to your health, and your total water intake can come from drinking water, water from beverages, or water from foods like soup, fruits, and vegetables.

Be careful, thickeners can ruin everything

Some of the most popular ingredients used to thicken soups are whole milk, cream, coconut cream, bread, cheese, and egg yolks. In small amounts, these ingredients can be part of a healthy lifestyle, but it’s the amounts used in cream soups that you need to be careful with.

Most thickeners are high-energy foods: foods that provide a high number of calories per gram. Eating large amounts of high-energy foods can mean consuming more calories than your body needs, which can lead to weight gain.

Additionally, some of these ingredients tend to be high in saturated fats (SFAs). While some research suggests that SFAs are not a risk factor for heart disease, other evidence suggests they are a risk factor when consumed in large amounts.

While it’s okay to have a creamy soup with these ingredients every once in a while, mostly choose the healthier varieties, especially if you eat soup often. If you want to improve the texture of your soup without resorting to high-calorie thickeners, you can add yogurt or pureed legumes like beans, chickpeas, or lentils. This further improves the nutritional profile of your soup.

Sodium content (salt)

Instant soups and canned soups are other types of soups to be careful with, as they are often loaded with sodium. High sodium intake is linked to high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart and kidney disease and stroke. While adding salt is the most common way to improve the flavor of a dish, you can also rely on spices like oregano, garlic, basil, or onion powder to enhance your flavor while keeping it at healthier levels.

2 popular types of healthy soups

The health benefits of soups vary depending on the type of soup and the ingredients used.

Here are some types of soup kitchens and their health benefits.

tomatosoup

The health benefits of tomato soup come primarily from lycopene, the antioxidant pigment that gives tomatoes their red color. Lycopene is an antioxidant that helps fight the negative effects of free radicals in your body. High levels of free radicals have been linked to the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Research also suggests it may help boost your immune system, improve male fertility and heart health, and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Although there are many ready-to-eat tomato soups on the market, some may contain undesirable ingredients such as thickeners, added fats, and sugar.

Preparing a homemade version of your favorite tomato soup is easy and allows you to eliminate those ingredients, most likely improving the nutritional quality.

Bone broth soups

Bone broth has regained popularity due to its highly nutritious nature. It’s made by boiling bones, creating a broth that’s packed with bone nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and collagen (the most abundant protein in your body). Because bone broth is rich in collagen, it can improve joint, bone, and skin health. While bone broth is already used as a base for many soups, it can also be enjoyed on its own.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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