Consuming vegetable soup before a meal can lead to increased feelings of fullness and reduced calorie consumption, making it a beneficial addition to a healthy diet. A study found that participants who ate vegetable soup before a meal consumed 120 fewer calories than those who didn’t eat soup.
The hot temperature of the soup heats the brain’s “satiety point,” reducing appetite, while the dietary fiber in the soup contributes to feelings of fullness in the stomach and intestines, leading to prolonged satiety. Additionally, the liquids in the soup fill the stomach, reducing food consumption.
If you don’t feel like making vegetable soup from scratch, you can easily make a satisfying pre-meal soup by mixing half a cup of crushed tomatoes with half a cup of boiling water, adding ingredients such as garlic, sucralose, dill, and onion chips, and heating the mixture in the microwave. This simple alternative is just as effective at increasing feelings of fullness and reducing calorie consumption as traditional vegetable soup.