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Minestrone Soup Breakdown

Chillier weather always makes me crave a warm bowl of savory soup. I don't always have time to make a big pot, so canned soups can come in handy. Minestrone is one of my favorites, and I wanted to see how all the different brands of canned soup compare.

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1 cup of soup Calories Total Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Protein (g)
Amy's Organic 90 1.5 580 17 3 3
Amy's Light in Sodium 90 2 290 17 3 3
Campbell's Condensed 90 1 960 17 3 4
Campbell's Healthy Request 80 .5 480 15 3 3
Campbell's Select Harvest 110 1 480 20 3 5
Healthy Choice Microwaveable Bowls 200 2 470 40 5 7
Progresso 110 2 980 19 4 4
Progresso Minestrone with Chicken 110 3 880 16 3 6
Progresso Microwaveable Bowl 90 1.5 930 17 4 4
Progresso Reduced Sodium 120 2 470 23 4 5
Trader Joe's Chunky Low-fat 110 2.5 890 19 2 3
Wolfgang Puck Organic 110 3.5 660 17 2 2

These soups are low in calories and fat, but you've got to watch out for the sodium content. Especially since one serving is only half a can. Most people end up eating the full can — I know I do — which adds up to two servings and a considerable amount of sodium. Since the RDI of sodium is 2,300 mg a day, if you're going eat the entire can, choose a soup that has 600 mg of sodium or less.

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marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I used to eat canned soup all the time. I make my own chicken stock now and my own soups. A much easier way to control my sodium intake and I know exactly what is in it. My homemade minestrone always seems to be missing something...maybe its all that salt!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I love minestrone. One of my favs...
Mehaul Mehaul 8 years
It's hard to believe Nearly 1000 mg of sodium in some of these soups.
minhoca minhoca 8 years
i just ate the progresso and lo and behold.. the can says "50 percent less sodium"! and has a serving (1 cup) at 470mg sodium
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I have a half a can of the Healthy Choice Minestrone in my fridge right now, it's going to be my lunch! Minocha, they still sell the mexican tortilla variety, it's just called Mexian Style Chicken Tortilla. YUM!!!
danni2009 danni2009 8 years
I think it's really gross to eat food out of a can, I find it so unappetising.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I eat the Healthy Choice Minestrone all the time. It's always on sale and it's so easy to microwave at work.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Man, I love minestrone... mmmm
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm a big fan of any soups that don't have meat but are hearty - and minestrone typically is one of those. i used to fear it since i wasn't much of a 'legume' person, but now i really am drawn to it.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 8 years
I love Trader Joe's minestrone. I only have 1 serving (the can is ginormous) every once in a while bc there is just so much sodium in it. But it's very tasty!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
I hadn't eaten canned soup for a while 'cause I'd been making my own and then I grabbed a can of Progresso Minestrone and was grossed out by how salty it tasted! I like to make a big crockpot full of it and put it in the fridge in portions - makes it easier and yummier and cheaper for that matter, but I don't always have time to do that either.
hihowareya hihowareya 8 years
Gosh, some of those soups are nearly half your daily sodium intake! That's scary!
minhoca minhoca 8 years
i just bought that progresso minestrone for the first time this weekend. looks like i'll be eating half of it with a salad or something. i miss the southwest chicken and tortilla soup from campbell's healthy request... they keep morphing their brand name and way of marketing and its just lost me.
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