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The #1 Worst Soup Habit for Weight Loss, Says Dietitian

It's important to read the label when you choose your next soup.

For many, it will be months before any sign of warm weather again. So in the meantime, cozy up with all the delicious soup you can find!

If you're a lover of soup but are also trying to stick to your weight loss goals this season, eating something like a vegetable soup with bone broth and ginger can be a comforting and healthy treat. You can also try soup combinations like carrot and ginger, miso and seaweed, and black bean and kale for some nutritious options.

While there are plenty of healthy soup choices out there, there are also tons of unhealthy options that have the potential to derail your weight loss goals.

For example, according to Janet Coleman, RD with The Consumer Mag, one of the worst soup habits for weight loss is choosing creamy soups that are high in saturated fat.

"It's so easy to make a cup of soup when you're looking for something healthy to nosh on," says Coleman. "But unfortunately, not all soups are created equal. Make sure you check the nutrition label before you boil up your next bowl of soup, as some varieties can pack in a ton of calories, sodium, and fat."

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While creamy soups like broccoli cheddar, potato, or clam chowder are comforting and delicious, they can really pack on the calories from fat-and more specifically, saturated fat.

"There is a high saturated fat content in most creamy soups that use heavy cream, butter, and cheese to achieve their smooth texture and creamy taste," says Coleman.

So is saturated fat bad? The answer is a bit complex because saturated fat—found in most whole-milk dairy products and red meat—is not inherently bad. However, it has been found to increase cholesterol and potentially lead to weight gain if it's consumed in large quantities.

There is also some research that supports a connection between higher consumptions of saturated fat and the potential risk for heart disease, which is why the American Heart Association recommends only getting about 5% to 6% of your daily calories from saturated fat.

So when you're choosing your next bowl of soup for a cozy winter night, you may want to choose one that uses vegetable or bone broth as a base. If you're still craving the creaminess of a thicker soup, you can opt for lower-fat milk options and avoid adding on too many fat-heavy toppings like bacon, cheese, or sour cream.

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