Studies have shown that there is still too much salt in many brands of soup. Although salt levels in recent years has improved due to health campaigns by various organizations, many diners and producers of tinned soup are still using far too much salt in each portion.
We are recommended to not exceed 6g of salt per day, and some health organizations suggest that this is too high. Salt causes high blood pressure, and this is often linked to heart disease, stroke and some forms of cancer.
Many soups bought on the high street contain the daily recommended allowance of 6g, which is a staggering amount of salt in one meal. There is often more salt in a bowl of soup than in 3 larger burgers with fries, or a large portion of chips.
Soup is a great meal to help lose weight though. Studies have shown that people that consume soup for lunch are more likely to lose weight, as they feel more full after eating. Soup fills the digestive system better than a dry meal with water. This keeps us feeling full longer. Soup can also be very nutritious.
One of the best ways to reduce the amount of salt in soup is to make your own. Soup is extremely easy to make, and can be frozen in portions for use later. A large pot of broth is an excellent winter warmer. And you do not have to eat just cabbage soup to lose weight either. Any soup helps you to lose weight, if it is part of a healthy, well balanced diet.