Clam chowder contains both clams and broth. It is a thick soup which can keep you satiated for a long period of time. The following article provides information about the calories present in this soup and its various benefits.
Chowder is a type of thick stew. It contains clams, broth, diced potatoes, and butter. It is garnished with small carrot strips, parsley, or bay leaves which add to the flavor. It may contain onions which are fried in a little fat. The calories present various types of clam chowder may vary, according to the ingredients and method of preparation.
The New England clam chowder is a traditional milk or cream-based chowder, which consists of layers of crackers and other typical ingredients. Traditionally, sea biscuits or hardtack crackers (not flour) were used for thickening. These days, it contains clams, potatoes, onions, bacon or salt pork, flour, or hardtack crackers. It may also contain tomato.
Rhode Island clam chowder has clear broth, which might be red due to the presence of tomatoes. But, it does not contain tomato chunks and other vegetables like carrots or beans. It mainly contains quahogs, broth, potatoes, onions, and bacon. Use of low-fat butter can reduce the calories in clam chowder.
Manhattan clam chowder comes with clear broth. Tomatoes impart attractive red color and nice flavor to it. Here, tomatoes are used in place of milk. This soup may contain chunks of tomatoes. It is often served with clam cakes. Boston, Minorcan, Outer banks, and Delaware clam chowder are some other popular types.
|New England clam chowder soup||1 cup (248 g)||151|
|Manhattan clam chowder soup||1 cup (8 fl. oz. or 251 g)||153|
|New England clam chowder, prepared with milk||1 cup (8 fl.oz. or 251 g)||164|
1 cup (8 fl. oz. or 240 g) of canned, chunky, and ready to serve Manhattan style clam chowder soup contains:
|Name of the Nutrient||Quantity|
|Calories from carbohydrate||76.4|
|Calories from fat||30.5|
|Calories from protein||27.5|
|Total fat||3.4 g|
|Saturated fat||2.1 g|
|Monounsaturated fat||1.0 g|
|Polyunsaturated fat||0.1 g|
|Total carbohydrates||18.8 g|
|Omega-3 fatty acids||48.0 mg|
|Omega-6 fatty acids||72.0 mg|
|Vitamin A||3216 IU|
|Vitamin E||1.6 mg|
|Vitamin B6||0.3 mg|
|Pantothenic acid||0.2 mg|
|Vitamin B12||7.9 mcg|
|Vitamin C||12.2 mg|
|Dietary fiber||2.9 g|
|Vitamin K||7.9 mcg|
It is a good source of vitamin C, choline, and folate. It is also high in minerals like zinc, iron, and magnesium. The antioxidant elements like selenium make it a healthy food. But, it is very high in sodium which is not good for health. So, it should be consumed in a limited quantity.
It may be served as an appetizer or a main dish. There are several varieties of this soup and they all come with different ingredients and tastes. The soup is generally served with crackers, bread, or biscuits.