SOUP: THE SPECIAL INGREDIENT
A major element of the diet is a ‘wonder soup’ prepared from a centuries-old recipe that Marie Antoinette ate every evening as part of her light supper at the palace of Versailles. It would have been prepared from left-over bones and fresh vegetables from the king’s kitchen.
Soup, says Wheeler, satisfies hunger faster than other foods. Feeling fuller for longer prevents the cells of the stomach wall releasing the hormone ghrelin that triggers hunger pangs.
The Marie Antoinette soup is prepared by boiling chicken, lamb or beef bones for a couple of hours or more, much as you would to make a flavoursome stock.
The long boiling time releases minerals from the bones – a process helped by adding a splash of vinegar or white wine. Some meat can be left on the bones to boost the soup’s protein content.
The stock yields compounds such as glucosamine, chondroitin and collagen, all vital for joint health.
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Vegetables such as onion, garlic, celery, kale, chard and carrots are added, as well as turmeric and herbs, and each bowl contains just 108 calories.
Advocates say the broth has healing powers in addition to weight-loss benefits.
In traditional Chinese medicine, bone broth is believed to be a powerful remedy for the kidneys and adrenal glands, as well as promoting strong teeth and bones.
There is scientific evidence to back such health claims. Studies at Kings College London established that broths made by boiling bones contain as much calcium as an equivalent serving of milk.
Chicken broth can also help recovery from colds and flu, according to research published in the American Journal Of Therapeutics in 2012.
As a bonus, the soup can be prepared in advance and frozen in batches that can be quickly reheated as an alternative to a quick unhealthy snack at the end of a busy day.
A warm bowl of soup can hit the spot on a cold day. It can also be a healthy way to start off a meal because it tends to be high in vegetables, filling and low in energy density. Homemade soup is a better choice than canned soup, however, because canned soup often contains the chemical BPA and is high in sodium.
Why is soup healthy for you?
– It Increases Vegetable Consumption
– It’s Filling
– It’s Low in Energy Density
Remember that choosing the right soup is essential to the overall Health benefits from drinking soup.
Original article written By EVE MCGOWAN
“Why is soup healthy” written by Jessica Bruso
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