While soup makes a warming, convenient meal in winter, many varieties contain loads of salt. See just how much could be hiding in your favourite soup.
Soup is great for an easy lunch or dinner on a chilly day. While there are now many interesting and tasty varieties on offer, you need to choose wisely. On the upside, soup can be filling and provide you with a serve or two of vegies. However, on the downside they can hide an enormous amount of salt if you’re not careful.
It pays to read the label carefully and check the serving size, as some tins or sachets of soup can actually hold more than one serve – which will have a big impact on how much salt you’re eating. To compare different soups on the shelves, use the ‘per 100g’ column on the nutrition information panel. You’ll find salt listed as sodium. A good choice will have 200–400kJ, less than 3g fat and less than 300mg sodium per 100g.
We’ve compared some popular varieties of soups (based on servings recommended on the pack) so you can see just how much salt you could be eating without realising.