When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

A major milestone in cancer research, the Third Expert Report analyzes and synthesizes the evidence gathered in CUP reports and serves as a vital resource for anyone interested in preventing cancer.

AICR has pushed research to new heights, and has helped thousands of communities better understand the intersection of lifestyle, nutrition, and cancer.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

We bring a detailed policy framework to our advocacy efforts, and provide lawmakers with the scientific evidence they need to achieve our objectives.

AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

AICR’s resources can help you navigate questions about nutrition and lifestyle, and empower you to advocate for your health.

AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

February 2, 2015 | 2 minute read

Does soup really help you lose weight?

Q: Does soup really help you lose weight?

, Does soup really help you lose weight?

A: Some research suggests that starting a meal with soup may help fill you up enough to reduce the calories you consume at the rest of the meal without setting you up to overeat later. For this to work, the soup needs to be broth- or vegetable-based, not a high-calorie cheesy or creamy soup. You are more likely to be successful with this strategy if the foods you eat following the soup are served in smaller portions than your usual amounts, because often overeating is not due to unsatisfied hunger, but a response to big portions.

You can also use soup as a weight-loss aid by making soup your whole meal. Be sure to include beans, chicken, fish or other lean protein along with a bevy of low-calorie vegetables, and perhaps a whole grain like brown rice, farro or whole-wheat pasta.

For overall health, keep in mind that commercial soup can be very high in sodium, often with 500 to 900 milligrams (mg) per one-cup serving. That’s a lot of sodium in just one food, since the suggested maximum is 1500 to 2300 mg of sodium for a whole day. Reduced-sodium versions are lower than a “standard” product, but they often contain at least 400 to 600 mg per cup, which is definitely not low-sodium.

Instead, you can purchase soups labeled “low sodium:” these have no more than 140 mg of sodium per one-cup serving. You can also make your own soup, using commercial low-sodium broth, no-added-salt tomatoes or water as a convenient shortcut. Smart use of soup can help you eat more nutrient-rich vegetables and cut calories without going hungry; make it a three-way win by also taking steps to avoid sodium overload.

Try our Health e-Recipe for Sweet Potato Bean Soup.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More From the Blog

Close