Restaurant dining: Comparing soups| Herbalife Advice
Learn how to check your calorie counts when ordering soup at a restaurant.
Do you think of soup as a low calorie option? When looking at restaurant menus, the names of soups don’t always tell you the full story. That’s why it’s important to know how to check your calorie counts when ordering soup at a restaurant.
Nutrition expert, Susan Bowerman breaks down three soups with different calorie counts and provides tips on how to make a healthy soup choice.
The chicken tortilla soup was described on the menu as “creamy white cheddar, roasted pasilla, tortilla strips, pico de gallo, avocado, cilantro and coriander.” One bowl of the chicken tortilla soup adds up to 900 calories, 65g of fat, and 2,560 milligrams of sodium. That equals to more fat and calories than you would get from eating 5 hot dogs and a bag of potato chips!
A bowl of New England chowder with chopped clams and potatoes sounds like rich soup, however, a bowl of this soup would only amount to 360 calories, 22g of fat, and 980 milligrams of sodium. That’s still a high amount of sodium but less than half of what you get from the chicken tortilla soup.
A tomato bisque soudns like a healthy option because you think it’s just vegetables. However, a bowl of tomato bisque is about 460 calories, 37g of fat, and 1,600 milligrams of sodium. That is more calories, fat and sodium than the clam chowder.
If you see the words creamy, cheesy, or loaded used to describe soups in menus, there’s a good chance that they’re going to have a lot of calories, fat, and sodium. To ensure you make the best choice when ordering soup at a restaurant, it’s probably best to check your calorie counts before you go, or ask your server about the ingredients in the soup.
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