Drinking a cup of vegetable soup before a meal can help you feel more full and reduce your calorie intake by about 30%, according to new research. The hot temperature of the soup stimulates the brain’s “satiety point,” which reduces hunger. Additionally, the fiber in the soup helps you feel fuller for longer periods, while the liquids in the soup fill up your stomach and make you less hungry.
If you don’t want to spend time making vegetable soup, there’s an easy alternative. Mixing half a cup of crushed tomatoes with half a cup of boiling water and adding ingredients such as garlic, sucralose, dill, and onion chips can give you a tasty pre-meal soup. This study found that participants who ate vegetable soup before their meals consumed 120 fewer calories than those who didn’t have any soup. So adding this simple ingredient to your diet can be a healthy way to reduce your calorie intake and improve your overall health.