Soups are one of my favorite foods – I eat them year round no matter what the weather. In the winter though I eat more because it is so nice to warm up with a bowl of hearty soup. Today I was reading the Dole Nutrition Institute January E-newsletter and the Soup Paradox story jumped out at me – this part in particular:
Surprising research from the University of Texas found that when calories were held equal, fat trumped protein as the “less fattening” soup component, insofar as dieters ate less later on. The study involved 12 lean and 12 obese subjects who were served two different kinds of soup on different occasions. All the soup servings had 160 calories — but one (chicken broth and veggies) had significant fat, while the other (egg drop soup) had mostly protein. Afterwards, all volunteers were given access to an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet. The higher protein soup group ended up consuming 20% more calories than the higher fat soup group. That said, opt for healthy fat sources — olive oil, nuts, avocado (think stress-relieving gazpacho) — over those high in saturated fat, since the latter may increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.
I love this! Now if I could only find out that the crackers I eat with many soups are good for me too! Ha – that is doubtful, but I’m working on that.
My favorite homemade soup is Beefy Barley and Mushroom Soup, at Joe’s Crab Shack I love their clam chowder, Bricktops has fabulous lobster bisque, favorite canned soup is Campbell’s Chicken & Stars, Panera Bread Co has great French onion soup – those are just a few of mine.
What are your favorite soups?
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