During the cold, wintery months, few things beat a comforting bowl of soup. But warming you up is only one of the things this dish is good for. “Soup can and should be a part of your healthy diet. It can also be a weight watcher’s best friend,” says Christine Palumbo, RD, who is based in Chicago.
That’s thanks in part to the fact that soup can be high in nutrients while generally low in calories, says Shilpi Agarwal, MD, a family physician based in Washington, DC. To make a weight-friendly soup, you simply need the right ingredients.
Veggies are one of them, Palumbo says. “The vast majority of soups contain at least some vegetables, which can be challenging for some people to otherwise bring into their diet,” she explains. Noshing on veggies may help lower your risk for heart disease and stroke, keep certain cancers at bay, and stabilize blood sugar levels, which may help curb your appetite, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Excerpted from Everyday Health