The Health Benefits of Soup? (Plus a Tasty Soup Recipe)

Rainy Days, Cold Nights, Tickling Nose and Sneezing - It's Time to Take Out the Big Pot and Make Some Soup.

Grandmother has always said chicken soup is as effective and good as penicillin, at least, and many studies now show that there seems to be something to it. 

We have collected all the health benefits of soup (and this does not take into account the wonderful smell, which pervades the whole house during cooking).

The Health Benefits of Soup
The Health Benefits of Soup

Soup for the vitamins.

Soups (especially vegetable based soups) have a very high concentration of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B, K, C, dietary fiber, antioxidants and more. All these vitamins are concentrated in one bowl, low in calories.
  • Starting a meal with a bowl of low-calorie soup makes the amount of calories eaten at the same meal fall by about 20%. Is there a better way to maintain a healthy body weight?
  • Soup in order to prevent a feeling of swelling, Salts in the body absorb water and cause a feeling of swelling. Vegetables such as onions, celery, leeks and more are rich in potassium, which binds to salts and helps to remove excess fluid from the body.
  • Soup for calming hunger, The first pot must be worked on and prepared, but soup is kept for long days in the refrigerator (and even longer in the freezer), and it is easy to heat a serving as an afternoon snack.

  • Adding chicken, meat, legumes or fish to soup turns the soup into a full meal. The vegetables are added to the protein, and together with a carbohydrate supplement (preferably whole grains) such as noodles, rice or couscous, turn the bowl into a nutritious, satisfying and healthy meal.

Health benefits.

Already in the 12th century, doctors recommended chicken soup, also known as the "Jewish Pancillan." Since then, modern science has confirmed their intuition:
  • An amino-powerful chicken called cystine, which dilutes the phlegm and makes it easier to release.
  • Edible chicken broth is effective in removing nasal mucus.
  • The carrot in the soup is a good source of vitamin A, which helps fight infections.
  • Onion, garlic and ginger strengthen the immune system, anti-inflammatory, stimulate blood circulation and make it a natural antibiotic. It is recommended to put a generous amount into the soup pot.
  • Chicken soup with vegetables slows down the movement of cells that concentrate in the lung area, thus alleviating the symptoms of colds
  • The body is constantly fluctuating and trying to regulate itself. The hot soup immediately injects warmth into the body and helps us warm up

A delicious, healthy and nutritious mushroom and barley soup recipe.

A combination of barley, which is rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, and the vitamins and antioxidants in mushrooms, and of course the health benefits of other vegetables, makes this soup bowl a healthy and warming addition, as a first dish or an intermediate dish.

Ingredients for 6 servings: 

1/4 cup olive oil
1 chopped onion
2 chopped carrots, cut into small pieces
2 celery's
1 potato, peeled and spread
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 mushroom baskets (any type you like). Spread the mushrooms.
3/4 cup of barley
A liter and a half of water
Soup powder (Allow chicken soup \ mushrooms \ onions or convert the water + soup powder half a liter of prepared axis)
Salt and pepper to taste.
A little chopped parsley for decoration


In a large soup pot, heat olive oil and add the onion, garlic, carrot and celery. Let the vegetables soften a little until the onion becomes transparent. Add the mushrooms and simmer for another 2-3 minutes. 

Add the stock \ water + soup powder and the barley and bring to a boil. After the water is boiling, cover the pot and turn the flame down, cock for an hour.

Enjoy your Soup!