Chicken soup is highly nutritious and good for health. This article provides information on the health benefits of the same.
Chicken soup has been proclaimed to work great for just about every ailment, from common cold to a nasty scrape on the elbow, because the soup (when prepared properly) is packed with nutrients like proteins and calcium.
Generally, carrots and onions are added to the soup along with the chicken pieces. Carrots are the best source of beta-carotene, whereas onions contain a powerful antioxidant quercetin. Various other vegetables and flavorings can also be added to it, depending upon your own liking. For instance, celery, black peppers, ginger, garlic, broccoli, etc. Chicken soup, generally, is a combination of clear broth and small pieces of chicken or vegetables with or without noodles, dumplings, or grains like rice and barley. It is difficult to quote the exact calories in the soup, as everyone prepares it using different ingredients. The quantity of the ingredients is also not fixed as such. It can vary depending upon the person’s choice. The numbers in the following table should be considered as guidelines.
|Homemade Soup||1 Bowl||152|
|Chicken Broth||1 Cup (240 g)||38|
|Soup with Noodles||1 Cup (240 g)||60|
|Chicken Rice Soup||1 Cup (240 g)||88|
|Chicken Vegetable Soup||1 Cup (240 g)||75|
|Chicken Broth Canned Low Sodium||1 Cup (240 g)||17.5|
|Chicken Gumbo Soup||1 Cup (240 g)||56.12|
Following values are for 1 cup of Campbell’s cream of chicken soup.
- Calories: 160
- Calories from fat: 48
- Total fat: 3 g (5%)
- Saturated fat: 1.5 g (8%)
- Sodium: 860 mg (36%)
- Calcium: 6%
- Iron: 10%
- Vitamin A: 10%
- Protein: 8 g (16%)
- Dietary fiber: 8 g (32%)
- Sugars: 4 g
- Total carbohydrates: 25 g (8%)
- Estimated percentage of calories from: Fat – 16.9%, Carbs – 62.5%, Proteins – 20%
- Studies show that the soup helps control the white blood cells, that are responsible for the inflammatory response. The anti-inflammatory properties of the soup play an important role in inhibiting neutrophils, which are extremely active during a cold or flu. The unnecessary movement of neutrophils leads to the production of the mucous, that irritates the nasal passages, the sinuses, and the throat.
- Oats or barley are often added to this soup, to make it more healthy. They contain beta-glucan, that has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties in it. Beta-glucan helps in speeding up healing of wounds, and boosts immunity. Garlic and onions, added to the soup also help increase the immune-boosting quality of the soup.
- Though it is not scientifically proved that this soup cures cold, it is commonly observed to alleviate some of the annoying symptoms of common cold and flu. It is said that the soup contains an amino acid called cysteine, that is similar to a drug used to treat some respiratory infections. The soup surely provides a hot, comforting meal and rehydrates the body well.
- Beta-carotene from carrots is converted into vitamin A by the body. Vitamin A boosts the actions of white blood cells that destroy harmful bacteria and viruses. Thus it prevents and fights off infections.
- Some studies suggest that the soup works great for congestion, as it helps ease the flow of nasal secretions.
- The powerful antioxidant quercetin from onions works as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory agent.
You can always include this soup in your diet as it definitely is a delicious, comforting meal that helps keep your body hydrated. The soup is beneficial for kids as well. The calories obtained from the soup are helpful, as the growing kids need a lot of energy.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.