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5 Popular Soups That Will Spoil Your Diet

Soups are often considered a staple for dieting. After all, liquids have less calories, right? Yet, not all soups are healthy: In fact, some of them might actually cause your dieting attempts to backfire. Here are 5 soups to watch out for.

1. New England Clam Chowder

Tasty as it may be, clam chowder doesn’t skimp on cream, making it chock full of saturated fat and calories. And as an added downside, clam chowder is often served in a bread bowl, which ramps up your carbohydrate intake as well.

2. Chicken Soup

The perfect comfort food when you’re sick, and good for the soul… but not so much for your health. While homemade chicken soup is usually healthy, store–bought chicken soup is often high in sodium, which increases the risk of developing health conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

3. Leek and Potato Soup

Tasty, filling, and made with vegetables. Sounds like a good combination, right? Unfortunately, this rich soup contains plenty of cream and butter, making it high in calories. In addition, with potatoes as a main ingredient, this soup is heavy on carbohydrates as well.

4. Lobster Bisque

While this soup is deliciously flavourful, it’s a double whammy: Aside from being heavy on cream, lobster bisque uses pureed seafood, giving you a large dose of cholesterol as well.

5. Cream of Mushroom Soup

Probably one of the most well–known soups around, cream of mushroom is a staple at almost any restaurant with a soup menu. However, with “cream” in the name, it’s no surprise that this soup is high in calories, which cancels out the potential health benefits that the mushrooms might provide.

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