Can a long-life soup really be good for you? As sales soar by 35million, a dietician assesses manufacturers’ health claims 

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  • We asked dietitian Ruth Kander of Fleet Street Clinic to assess some soups
  • Sales jumped more than 35 million last year, fueled by health benefits claims
  • As more and more of us buy tinned and longer life soups, we decided to rate them

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As more of us buy tinned and longer-lasting soups—sales increased by more than 35 million last year—it’s probably no surprise that manufacturers are launching products that offer added health benefits. Promise profit. We asked dietitian Ruth Kander of Fleet Street Clinic in London to assess some. Then we evaluated them.

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Heinz Plant Proteins Coconut Curry and Jackfruit

high in plant protein

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Heinz Plant Protein Coconut Curry and Jackfruit, 400g, £1.50, morrisons.com (available from 1 November)

Per 100 grams: Calories, 59; saturated fat, 0.7 g; protein, 3.6 g; fiber, 1.4 g; sugar, 1.7 g; salt, 0.39g

The claim: ‘Provides plant protein. source of fiber. Two out of your five-days.’

Expert’s verdict: It provides 14 grams of muscle-building protein from beans, chickpeas and pea protein (dried and powdered split peas). Pea protein contains a useful mix of essential amino acids, which are important for tissue repair and nutrient absorption. This soup would make for quite a satisfying light meal on its own; Serve with a slice of wholemeal bread or quinoa if you feel hungry. 8/10

Taste: Slightly spicy baby food. 5/10

Baxter's Super Good Tomato, Orange and Ginger

Baxter’s Super Good Tomato, Orange and Ginger

anti-inflammatory

Baxter’s Super Good Tomato, Orange and Ginger, 400g, £1.35, sainsburys.co.uk

Per 100 grams: Calories, 70; saturated fat, 0.5 g; protein, 1.1 g; fiber, <0.5g; sugar, 7.3 g; salt, 0.34g

Claim: ‘With cleansing ginger. One of your five-days. low fat. gluten free.’

The expert’s verdict: Brightly colored fruits and vegetables provide your five-a-day serving and are a good source of carotenoids — plant pigments with protective antioxidant properties. Gingerol, the plant compound in ginger, has anti-inflammatory properties—but refined sugar, like the one in the preserved ginger here, promotes inflammation, so there’s little conflict. 4/10

Taste: Sweet and velvety, with warm ginger and citrus. 8/10

Find Coppola Balance!  Soup with Peas, Leeks and Ginger

Find Coppola Balance! Soup with Peas, Leeks and Ginger

rich in fiber

Find Coppola Balance! Soup with Peas, Leeks and Ginger, 6x350g, £20, amazon.co.uk

Per 100 grams: Calories, 63; saturated fat, 0.6 g; protein, 1.6 g; fiber, 2.5 g; sugar, 1.5 g; salt, 0.42g

The claim: ‘The diet contains fiber. Three out of your five-days.

Expert’s verdict: It provides 8.8 grams of filling, gut-friendly fiber—29 percent of your daily recommendation, and the most of all the soups here. Dietary fiber can help keep blood sugar levels stable. It has also been linked to lower blood cholesterol and good gut health. No added sugar and a nice, short list of natural ingredients. 9/10

Taste: ‘Healthy’, like a green smoothie, but bland. 4/10

Fodmapped for you!  Italian vegetable and pasta soup

Fodmapped for you! Italian vegetable and pasta soup

IBS Friendly

Fodmapped for you! minestrone, 500g, £6.75, ocado.com

Per 100 grams: Calories, 39; saturated fat, 0.1 g; protein, 1.2 g; fiber, 1.3 g; sugar, 4.5 g; salt, 0.4g

Claim: ‘Less FODMAP’ [fermentable oligo-, di, mono-saccharides and polyols, carbohydrates that some people find hard to digest]. Gluten and dairy free. A source of fiber.’

The Expert’s Verdict: The low-FODMAP diet may help ease IBS symptoms for some people. This below-average 250-gram half-pack serving provides only 98 calories and 3 grams (the equivalent of half an egg) protein, as well as 3.3 grams of fiber — about one-tenth of your daily needs. It would be a great substitute for tea or coffee, but it won’t fill you up for long unless you add some FODMAP-friendly cereal, whole grain rice or quinoa for a boost of fiber. 6/10

Taste: Spicy tomato flavor. 6/10

Ocean's Halo Miso Broth

Ocean’s Halo Miso Broth

Increases Vitamin D

Ocean’s Halo Miso Broth, 946ml, £3.99, ocado.com

Per 100 grams: Calories, 16; saturated fat, 0 g; protein, 1.2 g; fiber, 0.8 g; sugar, 0 g; salt, 0.7g

The claim: ‘An excellent source of vitamin D and iodine.’

The Expert’s Verdict: Miso, made from fermented soybeans, contains probiotic bacteria that may be beneficial to the gut, though it’s hard to tell how many live bacteria will be preserved in this long-life carton. Kelp extract will provide about 20 percent of your daily iodine needs — iodine is important for thyroid function. Mushroom powder supplies useful vitamin D. 7/10

Taste: Deep savory taste – warm and comforting. 8/10

Morrison's Counting Carrot and Coriander Soup

Morrison’s Counting Carrot and Coriander Soup

for weight loss

Morrisons Counted Carrot and Coriander Soup, 400g, 60p, morrisons.com

Per 100 grams: Calories, 42; saturated fat, 0.4 g; protein, 1.8 g; fiber, 1.5 g; sugar, 2.5 g; salt, 0.38 g

The claim: ‘Calorie controlled. One of your five-days. low fat.’

Expert’s verdict: Soup can be a useful meal for people trying to lose weight; As well as being quite low in calories and full of healthy vegetables, they fill up quickly, reducing hunger pangs. The recommended small portion of 200 ml – half a can – will provide only 85 calories. You’ll get one in your five-a-day and lentils provide fiber and protein but little to keep you full for longer. 6/10

Taste: Sweet taste; Hearty lentil texture. 7/10

Tesco Low Fat Tomato Soup

Tesco Low Fat Tomato Soup

low fat

Tesco Low Fat Tomato Soup, 400g, 45p,

Per 100 grams: Calories, 31; saturated fat, 0.1 g; protein, 0.6 g; fiber, 0.8 g; sugar, 3.9 g; salt, 0.3g

The claim: ‘Low fat. Half a can serving provides one of your five-a-days.’

The Expert’s Verdict: Most soups, including the typical tinned tomato soup, fall into the low-fat category—but this can almost count as ‘fat-free’, as it has less than 0.5 grams per 100 grams. Here is a short and simple ingredients list. Half a can is a very small recommended serving—you’re more likely to eat the whole tin, which will give you three teaspoons of sugar, plus some added sugar from the tomatoes. If you want to fill yourself up you’ll need to eat a lean protein-filled sandwich or roll with it. 5/10

Taste: Classic tomato flavor full of water. 7/10

germino fish bone broth

germino fish bone broth

rich in nutrients

Germino Fish Bone Broth, 6x 350ml…

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