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It's surprising that there are not more quality research studies about soup. We all think of chicken soup as being good for whatever ails you and there are a few studies that indicate that this may be the case (only a few, mind you, and not all that great quality).
In a study of the effect of chicken soup on white blood cells, Barbara Rennard and her colleagues showed a slowing of movement of the cells in test tubes containing broth. In Dr. Rennard's study the more soup applied to the white blood cells, the greater the response. It may be a leap of faith to assume that this works in real life. That said, white blood cells do contribute to inflammation and the theory is that the soup may help to reduce the inflammatory symptoms associated with colds and flu (Chest 2000; 118:1150–1157). Soup to the Rescue »
I loved Campbell's Bean with Bacon Soup when I was growing up. Thick and creamy, it had a great balance of sweet and savory flavors with a creamy bean broth. It is, however, not all that great for you.
The Nutrition Facts box shows that a half cup serving is 160 calories, 3 grams of fat and a whopping 860 mg of sodium. First off, a half cup? Really? No one eats a half cup of soup, so that is just silly. So a more realistic 1 cup of soup brings this in at 1,720 mg of sodium.
This can, of course, be made healthier very easily. It has good stuff. Beans and bacon. "Bacon?" you say. Yes, bacon. It takes very little for great flavor and adds the umami flavor with good saltiness too. The more realistic serving of 1 cup comes in at 263 calories and only 348 mg of sodium. Head to head with the Campbell's there is no comparison: homemade wins hands down.
The practical, daily guide to following a Mediterranean Diet at home. Recipes include Taco Salad, Red Beans and Rice, and Fettuccine Alfredo: familiar foods that your family will love and are great for you. Find out how these and other family favorites can help you be healthier! (And yes, you'll lose weight too!)