Why is soup great?

There are several reasons why soups are a fantastic addition to your daily diet:

  • Soup is easy to make. You don’t need to be a top chef to throw in a few vegetables and blend them together. If you are finding your soup a bit bland, just add some spices.
  • You can consume a lot of nutrients with very few calories, especially with soups like asparagus soup, or carrot and coriander soup. Unlike other modes of cooking, soup allows you to retain all the nutrients because you are not disposing of any of the water.
  • Warm soup helps increase your core body temperature, allowing your frozen toes and nose to heat up, which is especially great for the wintery months.
  • Although grandmas tend to shove spoonfuls of hot soup down your throat when you are feeling ill, soups will not magically cure you. However, they do help common colds by reducing trapped mucus in your throat.
  • Studies have shown that toddlers who are exposed to lots of soup grow up to be more tolerant of vegetables than toddlers who do not eat soup.
  • Soup is convenient. It costs very little to make, as you usually use leftover vegetables. You can also make a huge batch of soup, split it into portions and freeze it, ready to be re-heated and used at any time.

Fresh Soups vs. Instant Soups: Who’s the Winner?

Pour the powder into a mug; add boiling water and you are ready to go. A lot of people opt for canned or packet soups since they are more convenient than fresh soups. The instant result in a mug means that it takes less time to prepare. However, there are some things to consider about those powders and cans:

Packet Soup
  • The vegetable powder is made from the cheapest vegetables available on the market. These are generally rotting vegetables.
  • Chicken soup might not be chicken at all. A closer look at the fine print on the label generally shows ‘chicken’ to be ‘chicken flavour’.
  • They have a lot of flavour enhancers like 621 and 635, which are addictive and cause obesity.
  • The average preserved soup contains half the daily sodium intake. Although sodium is an important mineral, an excessive amount of salt will lead to bloating, increased blood pressure, and a greater likelihood of strokes and heart disease.
  • These soups also contain a lot of fat, accounting for more than half the calories. The fat present is usually saturated fat that raises cholesterol levels, increasing the chances of heart disease.

The Winner? Definitely fresh soups. Get rid of those packets and start chopping vegetables. Watch this space as we will be guiding you on some delicious, innovative soups you can try, as well as keeping you updated on the health benefits of different kind of soups!