2. Packed with nutrients - Soups made with beans and lean meats such as fish provide lean protein. Beans also give you fiber. Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant that may help reduce the risk of cancer, particularly prostate cancer, according to Penn State University. Vegetables in soup contain many vitamins, such as A and C. Cream soups supply calcium and vitamin D.
3. Fewer calories - Most soups, if made with lean meat, are low in fat, making them a good choice for anyone concerned about fat in his diet. Use fat-free broths and lean meat to reduce the fat content of soups. Use skim instead of whole milk for cream soups; or, replace milk with pureed white beans to thicken soup. To further reduce the fat content of your soup without sacrificing flavor, chill it and skim off the fat before reheating and serving.
4. Filling - Because soup contains so much water it fills you up with fewer calories. When *Barbara Rolls, Ph.D., conducted research at Penn State University, she discovered that students who ate chicken and rice soup instead of a chicken and rice casserole, consumed fewer calories yet reported being equally satisfied.
5. Cools you down on a hot day - Studies has shown that drinking a hot beverage on a hot day actually can cool you down.As you might imagine, consuming a hot drink does add heat to your body, but that heat actually increases the rate at which you sweat, which can help cool you off. Scientists believe that thermosensors lining the throat and mouth might be what triggers the sweating response.
* Author of the book "The Volumetrics Weight Control Plan" which explains how eating soup and other high-volume, low-calorie foods can help you lose weight.