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T. Lopez

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Many people are confused whether they would use the word stew or soup when they want to say they are eating a warm dish with stock. To easily differentiate the two, soup is a dish that contains more liquid volume compared to stew. This is noticeable when someone is sick, and they are given soup to give warmth to their stomach without filling them with solid food immediately.

Usually, sick people have a hard time chewing their food; that is why they are given soup so they can easily sip it or drink it to make them full. Stew has chunkier ingredients such as slices of meat and vegetables as it is often served as the main dish while the soup is always an appetizer due to its lightness.

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Soup is often recommended by doctors when a patient is sick. There are many reasons why they do so. One reason is when someone is having trouble eating or keeping food down like if they have had dental surgery or have a stomach flu, soup will go down and stay down easier than solid food, especially if it is broth soup. Another reasons that doctors recommend soup is because it is healthy and if a patient is ill, they can maximize their nutrient intake by way of soup because it compacts and condenses the vitamins and minerals.


Soup has been recommended by doctors throughout the years. It is nothing new because it's a old fact that soup is ver nutritious and that it works well to help sick people get better. It is advisable, doctors are learning now, to make homemade rather than store bought, canned soup. It is also recommended to not pour a lot of salt in or put starchy ingredients in it.

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Soup first goes in through your mouth where the taste is picked up from the tastebuds on your tongue as well as the sense of smell you have in your nose. Together, the taste bud and smell signals go to your brain. Signals are send from your brain to say if you like the taste or not and various other things regarding the soup.

The soup travels into your digestion system where it meets up with all sorts of organs that do their part to filter out the digestible and the waste and to turn it into energy and nutrients for your body to use. What is not used or needed comes out in the flush. How soup is digested also depends on what type of soup it is as some are clear liquids that are easier and faster for your body to digest than a soup with meat or hearty vegetables.

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The most popular soup recipe has to be chicken soup. It is loved by many and is very healthy for you. It is also quite good for those who are sick with a cold or flu because it is packed with nutrients. Chicken soup is probably the most popular soup so it is the most popular recipe too.
Recipes for chicken soup can vary greatly. You can make chicken soup out of a boullion broth where it is almost clear in color and is a little watery but tasty too. You can also make it in a cream sauce using milk or cream as the base and it has more of a velvety textrure and a milky taste to it.


There are many other variations as well like adding potatoes or carrots or even rice. Some are made with noodles and some with barley. You can add in onions, corn, and practically anything else you'd like to add to it. Some even add bacon to make it rich or spices to snazz it up a bit. Chicken soup is definately the one to go with if you are making soup...at least according to popular opinion.

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The first soup on record was made in 6000 BC and was made of...hippopotomus. It might seem disgusting but that is what they ate so why not make a soup of it. That is the legacy of soup. Whatever it is the people were doing or needing, soup accomodated. In the 18th century, portable soup was invented.


Why? It was needed in the fields and wherever the people were working or walking. They needed nutrition and soup provided it. They needed it to be transported and so...it was. It was actually prepared by boiling seasoned meat until it became thick and there was a resinous syrup left behind that could be stored after drying. That helped many pioneers overcome starvation during extremely cold or very dry months.


From hippo soup to Cambells soup, soup has evolved as man has. Now you can find it in a can or package or you can even make it the old fashioned way - homemade. You can also find it frozen. Soup can be very processed or organic in nature. It can be added to recipes like green bean casserole or it can be a meal in itself. Soup is amazing.

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Soup almost always tastes better the next day and there's a reason. The ingredients are allowed to marinate for longer and they compliment one another. The pepper used penetrates into the meat and vegetables and the milk sauce becomes thicker and more pronounced. The meat and the vegetables also grow more tender. Spices blossom overnight.


Soup can be prepared a day ahead before eating. Simple chill overnight and reheat the next day. Or, you can always have soup a second time because no one seems to mind that. When cooking soup for company, it is nice to have it already made. Not only will it taste better, it will take some stress out of having to have everything cooked and ready for your guests. Plus, you'll get a do over if you mess it up.

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Some soup is made to be eaten hot and others can be eaten cold too. Some are actually made for being eaten cold. When you eat tomato soup, if it gets cold it usually isn't a problem because it still tastes good while chicken noodle tends to get soggy when it is cold. Aspic soups are made with gelatin and are actually made to be eaten cold.


Tomato aspic soup is quite popular. It wouldn't be very good warm and would go against the geletin effect. There are plenty of varieties of aspic soups, designed to be eaten cold. They can be made with some meat or broth in them or simply with vegetables. There are even soups made from fruit that are delicious cold. Cold soups are awesome in the summer time when no one is really in the mood for a hot soup.

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Those who drink soup on a daily basis will probably become healthier. It is loaded with nutrients and it is easy to digest too. That is, if the right ingredients are put into the soup like vegetables and perhaps some good spices and maybe meat as well.


To eat only soup might cause medial issues, however. Although some have had to do so because of a problem such as digestive issues or bad teeth, it is not recommended for a person to only have soup for an extended amount of time because it is limited and a person needs more of a rounded, balanced diet than just soup.

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There are a nujmber of types of soups, too many to name actually. But there are some basic types, two in particular. There are thick soups and puree soups. The thick soups usually contain some form of thickening agent like cornstarch or even a noodle that is starchy. They can consist of milk or cream. Puree soups are more watery, like a tomatoe soup for instance. There are many, many variations of these two types though like a bisque which is basically thin but has some form of substance food in it like some tomatoe.


There are stews, chowders, soups made with beef, some with vegetables and broth which is a liquid of perhaps chicken or beef. There are fish soups, hot soups, cold soups, and even very spicy soups. Most cultures have versions of their own types of soups like the Chinese have theirs, wonton and other varieties and Mexicans have spicey types. Soups have been with us through the ages...through thick and through...thin.

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Soup can be extremely healthy but it depends on what it is made of. If you are talking about a cream based soup that also has starchy noodles in it and is loaded with salt and preservatives, no...it's not very healthy at all. But soup made from boiling bones for broth is making a splash today. It is being discovered how many nutrients boil from the bone into the stock. If it is accompanied by some fresh meat and vegetables, then it would indeed be healthy.


If soup is healthy definitely depends on what it is made of as all things are determined by such. It is important to read the labels of any that you plan to eat so you will know if it is health for you or not. Don't assume it is just because it's soup. Furthermore, there are great concerns about eating out of cans lately so you might consider getting the type that is in a carton or even freeze dried soup. Then again, watch out for preservatives in the freeze dried varieties.

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