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Canned Soup and Us

Many people enjoy soup very much. What is more, we all feel blessed once we pour this magic liquid meal down our throat, especially in winter when soups give us warmth, comfort and beautiful taste, making us feel instantly better. This is why soup is usually an inevitable part of one's nutrition. Of course, there are many different types of soups which can be made, all residing on a principle of being one of the few meals which get all the healthy aspects of the vegetables being parts of them. Thus, by eating soups, we provide our body many necessary nutrients like minerals and vitamins, making these meals healthy to say the least. Speaking of healthy, we know that most of us lead unhealthy lives, hectically trying to find their place under the cruel sky of different social obligations we have created for ourselves. Then, in order to compensate for all we have lost, we eat on the run, and, as far as soups are concerned, we usually settle for canned ones. Sure, these products taste great. However, whether they are healthy or not is a completely different question. There are numerous additives being the basic parts of these soups, making us suspicious of these products, fearing the worst.

Healthy or Not?

First of all, many kinds of canned soups contain unacceptably high amounts of sodium. Apart from influencing the taste, high levels of salt increase the amount of time these products can remain unspoiled, waiting for their buyers on the shelves of your supermarket. However, we are only supposed to have 480mg of sodium per one serving in order to eat healthy. On the other hand, these canned soups offer us 800mg of this element and even more, potentially causing health problems in the long run.

Many brands of canned soup, as it is the case with other canned products, contain a chemical called BPA, which is harmful for us, since it is known to cause cancer, heart diseases, diabetes and many other serious health problems.

Finally, since these soups undergo a different kind of production, being exposed to many chemicals and other, unhealthy elements, they are far less nutritive than regular, homemade soups are. In fact, they contain much less vitamin C and vitamin B1 than the soup you make on your own. Thus, do it yourself is the best rule when it comes to soup consumption since canned ones can hardly meet your body's expectations and, at the same time can cause you harm.

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