The Best Canned & Boxed Bean Soups to Buy

By: Julia Westbrook

Here's how to buy a better bean soup for when you need a fiber- and protein-rich meal in minutes.

We're all for making healthy homemade soup (and stocking up our freezer), but sometimes you need soup in a pinch. Enter canned (and boxed) soup from the store. Research shows that soup can help you improve your diet, cut calories without knowing it and lose weight. And bean soup has the added benefit of being full of protein and fiber. See our favorite healthy canned soups and the tough nutrition and tasting criteria to choose

Recipes to Try: Healthy Bean Soup Recipes

Best Healthy Canned & Boxed Bean Soups

We read 39 nutrition labels and taste-tested 22 bean soups find these winners. These picks are incredibly hearty and meet our nutrition guidelines.

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1. Dr. McDougall's Black Bean Vegan

With the right balance of vegetables and spices, this black bean soup has classic flavor.

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2. Pacific Spicy Black Bean & Kale

This soup has a perfect, toothsome texture and delightful tanginess. Plus, kale? Love!

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3. Progresso Southwest Style Black Bean & Vegetable

Sweet corn flavor and a touch of chipotle give this soup kick.

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4. Back to Nature Tuscan 3-Bean with Kale & Millet

No mushy beans here! And the millet's nuttiness pairs well with the herbs.

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5. Amy's Organic Soups Lentil

We had a hard time believing this savory soup was vegan. The secret: bay leaves.

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6. Campbell's Chunky Healthy Request Split Pea & Ham

This stew-like soup is our lowest sodium pick (410 mg), but doesn't taste like it.

How Much Salt Is in Your Soup?

Store-bought soups—bean or otherwise—are usually very high in sodium. (We found one with 850 mg sodium per serving!) But it's hard to find lower-sodium soups that are also tasty. We set the bar at 600 mg per serving, a level that's fairly low for the category (but still delicious!). That said, you still need to be careful if you want to stay under the recommended limit of 2,300 mg per day.

Keep the sodium in check by pairing your soup with a salad made with one of these low-sodium salad dressings.

What Is a Serving of Soup?

For most soups, keep in mind that a serving is often only a half of the can, so if you eat the whole thing, it's double trouble for sodium.

Is Bean Soup Vegetarian?

Vegetarians take note: some bean soups are made with chicken broth, even if they don't include the meat.

Numbers to Look for

(per 1-cup serving)

Sodium: <600 mg

Fiber: ≥5 g

Watch: 3 Healthy Low-Cal Lunch Ideas

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