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Here’s the Skinny on Soup

Posted on May 28, 2009
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With news that American health remains in general decline and more than one-third of adults are obese, consider this a public service announcement: Soup is the secret weapon against fat. Scientists have confirmed that soup keeps you fuller longer than other food.


After you eat a meal, the pyloric sphincter valve at the bottom of your stomach holds food back so that the digestive juices can get to work.

Water, however, passes straight through the sphincter to your intestines, so drinking water does not contribute to “filling you up”.

When you eat the same meal as a soup, the whole mixture remains in the stomach, because the water and food are blended together. The scientists’ scans confirm that the stomach stays fuller for longer, staving off those hunger pangs.

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By Donald Dawson, May 30, 2009 at 6:20 am Link to this comment
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to purplewolf- The body will resist losing weight if it is too acidic, compounded with acidic fluid stored in the fat around the body. I would try the cabbage soup again, without the coffee and add something warming like ginger tea everyday to help circulate fluid due to it’s warming nature in the body.
There are books about the acid/alkaline balance that facilitate weight loss.

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By purplewolf, May 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm Link to this comment

This may work for some people, but not everyone, as everybody’s body chemistry is not the same, similar usually but not exactly the same. Even one of the best hospitals in the world came up with their heart healthy cabbage soup diet, which they guaranteed that by following it for 2 meals a day you, as much as you want to eat, you would definitely loose 7-10 lbs. per week. Funny, as this is almost identical to the recipe I have lived on most of my life, minus the salt, and it never kept the weight off even at an 8 oz. serving twice a day, and the other meal was 1-2 cups of coffee-no sugar.

Been there, done that, it doesn’t work.

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By SteveL, May 28, 2009 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment

With the current economy soup might become real popular.

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By Levon, May 28, 2009 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment
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That reminds me. Time for some gazpacho.

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By Folktruther, May 28, 2009 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

I, too, like to stay on terms of peaceful coexistence with my pyloric sphincter value.

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By NYCartist, May 28, 2009 at 10:16 am Link to this comment

I have never been a fan of BBC medical stories.  This one doesn’t mention that a lot of soups, such as chicken soup, have fat, sometimes floating on top.

Oy vey.

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