Soup eaters have smaller waistlines

A study reports that soup consumers display a diet of better nutritional quality, which could help explain the inverse relationship often found between soup consumption and weight.

Epidemiological data report that soup consumption is associated with a lower risk of obesity. However, this does not establish a causal link, and the mechanisms likely to explain a possible link remain unclear.

Researchers from the University of Iowa in the United States conducted a study aimed at clarifying the relationships between soup consumption and daily energy intake, dietary energy density, nutrient intake and food quality. food. They compared the data collected from 1,291 soup eaters aged 19 to 64, with those of 9,307 non-consumers of the same age acting as controls.

Soup: a lower waistline

The results indicate that soup eaters displayed significantly smaller waist circumference and tended to have lower energy intakes than non-eaters. Soup consumption is also associated with a lower energy density, whether with or without taking into account the intake of drinks or water.

The “Healthy eating Index 2005” used to assess the quality of food was also significantly better among soup drinkers. The study further highlights that soup consumers have a diet that is lower in fat and higher in protein, carbohydrates and fiber, as well as several vitamins and minerals. However, the authors draw attention to the problem of salt in soups, calling for preference for less salty products.

Zhu Y, Holls H. BJ Nutrition

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