Why You Should Be Eating Soup More Often Instead Of Just When You’re Sick

Why You Should Be Eating Soup More Often Instead Of Just When You’re Sick

There is nothing like the comfort of a piping hot bowl of soup when the air is crisp and the snow is flying. However, this nutrient-rich, delicious food choice is something you can enjoy year-round.

Do Your Body Good

When you were a child, you probably were encouraged by your mother to eat chicken soup when you weren’t feeling well. Like so many so-called old wives’ tales, Mom was telling the truth. It turns out that chicken soup contains an amino acid that is often prescribed for bronchitis. Furthermore, the garlic and pepper that are often added as seasonings are powerful decongestants. Finally, chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties. Any way that you can reduce this in your body is a bonus since inflammation can be linked to chronic diseases such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease.

Start Your Day Right

Although soup is not a staple of breakfast in the American culture, millions of people in Asia start their day with a hot bowl of rice or miso broth. It’s a great way to wake up your metabolism after it has been at rest for several hours while you slept.

Great Use of Leftovers

Soup is incredibly forgiving. All you need is a fortifying broth, and you can add virtually any bits of meat and veggies that are taking up space in your refrigerator. As a result, nothing goes to waste.

Get Your Veggies

If you are like many of us, you have a hard time eating the recommended amount of vegetable servings each day. You might also find it challenging to get excited about eating those especially nutritious but not always tasty dark leafy greens such as kale. With soup, you truly can throw even the strongest-tasting green in, let it simmer for a while and eventually end up with a pleasing amalgam of numerous flavors that is packed with the antioxidants and vitamins your body needs for optimal performance.

Save Time

Letting a big pot of soup simmer on the stove throughout a frigid winter day can make for an appealing meal and one of the best uses for soup. However, you can also quickly throw together a pot of pressure cooker chicken noodle soup or a wide variety of other recipes that can be cooked in a matter of minutes. Thanks to your pressure cooker, you can achieve the same long-simmered rich flavor in a fraction of the time. Better still, all of the nutrients remain locked in.

Cultures the world over all have their own unique versions of soup. Whether served hot or cold, mild or spicy, with meat or without, soup gives you the perfect way to feed your entire family with one of the most comforting and nourishing of food choices. Why not make a batch of your favorite soup tonight?

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