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A Soup Calorie Ranking from Lowest to Highest

Written by Daisy Whitbread, MScN
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A Soup Calorie Ranking from Lowest to Highest

Soups often enter weight loss diet plans, but not all soups are created equal. Which soup to choose? According to the ranking below it is best to choose water-based soups which are lower in fat and calories than cream based soups.

The serving sizes presented below are per 8oz cup, which is the standard cup use in baking and cooking. Most people will consume 1-2 cups of soup per serving.

Below is a ranking of soups by calorie from lowest to highest. Soup broths have the fewest calories, as they also have the fewest ingredients. Other soups low in calories include chicken noodle, egg drop soup, vegetable soup, and wonton soup. Different recipes affect the caloric content of any of these soups. Any high calorie foods added to these soups will increase the caloric content. Pay attention to ingredients.

In general, the more water a soup contains the fewer calories it will have. For more diet ideas see the article on low-calorie foods.


List of Low Calorie Soups

SoupCalories
Per 8oz Cup
Percent Water
#1 Soup Broth11 calories
(1% DV)
98%
#2 Chicken Broth15 calories
(1% DV)
98%
#3 Beef Broth31 calories
(2% DV)
96%
#4 Fish Broth39 calories
(2% DV)
96%
#5 Chicken Noodle Soup62 calories
(3% DV)
94%
#6 Egg Drop Soup65 calories
(3% DV)
93%
#7 Vegetable Soup67 calories
(3% DV)
92%
#8 Wonton Soup71 calories
(4% DV)
91%
#9 Turkey Vegetable Soup72 calories
(4% DV)
93%
#10 Beef Mushroom Soup73 calories
(4% DV)
93%
#11 Cream of Potato73 calories
(4% DV)
92%
#12 Mushroom Barley Soup73 calories
(4% DV)
92%
#13 Tomato Soup74 calories
(4% DV)
91%
#14 Manhattan Clam Chowder75 calories
(4% DV)
92%
#15 Minestrone82 calories
(4% DV)
91%
#16 Beef Noodle Soup83 calories
(4% DV)
92%
#17 Vegetable Chicken Soup84 calories
(4% DV)
92%
#18 New England Clam Chowder87 calories
(4% DV)
91%
#19 Chicken and Rice Soup89 calories
(4% DV)
90%
#20 Hot and Sour Soup91 calories
(5% DV)
91%
#21 Cream Of Mushroom Soup97 calories
(5% DV)
92%

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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.
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