Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Day 2845 - Soup could well be the secret to slimming down

Is soup the ultimate diet tool?


Yesterday on the blog I wrote a letter to winter.  I guess it was a bit of a performance appraisal really.  Anyway, I thought I would keep the winter theme going by having a chat about soup.




For many many MANY years I could not eat soup.  Soup has a certain smell, especially when it's been cooped up in thermos or container for a few hours, and that smell would make me vomit.

Sorry, this won't all be about vomit, I promise. 

You see, something you don't know about me is that I had viral encephalitis as a child.  At around the age of 11 I got incredibly sick with inflammation of the brain and there were concerns I might end up with brain damage.  A number of EEGs and CAT scans showed some minor scarring but nothing too significant to suggest I've been permanently damaged (although some may question that at times).

What does this have to do with soup you ask?

Well, I was pretty sick with it all and I would throw up a lot.  I recall when I finally headed back to school it was winter and my mum would pack me a thermos of soup for lunch.  My health was still quite "shaky" and I would feel sick easily.  Taking off the lid and letting the soupy smells escape would send me straight into vomit mode and the smell of soup had the same trigger for the next 20 years. It's only recently I've managed to start eating it again.

Anywho, that's probably of no relevance to this post at all other than it being an interesting story.

Now that I'm back to making soups I find them a really great winter warmer and a handy tool for keeping my weight in check.

As it turns out scientists have discovered that soup is a great way to ward off hunger pains because of its high water content.  You see it's different to just drinking water because water passes straight through the stomach, so doesn't satisfy hunger for long.  Whereas when water is blended with other food it hangs around in the stomach for a whole lot longer, making us feel satisfied.  The satisfaction comes from the cells in our stomach muscles stretching from the food and releasing hormones that keep us feeling full.

How incredibly scientific.

So soup could well be the secret to slimming down.  Even without the whole smell and gag reflex.

Is soup the ultimate diet tool?

Who's been eating a lot of soup this winter?

Anyone else experienced an aversion to certain foods due to illness? 

You can find out more about the soupy science by checking out this article over at the BBC or by reading about it over at Fox News Health. 



10 comments :

  1. I'm not sure whether soup is the secret to being thin, because if that were true, I would surely be stick thin, because I eat a lot of soup (although I balance that out by eating a lot of cake!) I actually think soup has medicinal properties, especially my auntie Sandra's chicken soup - it's not called Jewish Penicillin for nothing :)

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  2. I have a bit of a weird relationship with soup too. The smell can turn me off also. I only really have my own homemade pumpkin or potato and chick pea soup. What a scary virus you had! Thank God you were okay.

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  3. I love soup mostly because it is super easy to make and I hate cooking and being in the kitchen too long. Making my zucchini soup this week. Cut, stir, simmer and blitz. Easy peasy

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  4. I love soup, although not sure it is a great diet tool. Remember the cabbage soup diet from years ago, I shudder to think of what that would smell like!

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  5. I did not know that. My partner snacks on soup when he diets, so maybe he knew that...

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  6. I guess it's the same principle as the people who tell you to drink a glass of water before eating. Not sure how proven it is but I guess as far as trying things goes, it probably can't hurt you!

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  7. Oh I love soups.... Any soup really . I have that smell when it comes to raw mince cooking... sends me into vomit mode asap #teamIBOT

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  8. Wow, that's really interesting. I love soup in winter, but I tend to like the creamy ones which tend to be the ones heavy in calories. LOL. But I do a mean winter soup which I love and my Maggie loves my pumpkin soup.

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  9. I remember the infamous cabbage soup diet- uggghhh

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  10. Veal is my gag thing, can not stand the smell of it cooking and it has nothing what so ever to do with it being baby cattle....just the smell is noxious! I'd forgotten the cabbage soup diet, Mum used to swear by it. She'd cram as many different varieties of vegies as she could into that soup pot and a huge spoon of Vegimite for taste. It would of been extremely full of nutrients...except that she'd cook the living daylights out of it!

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