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
We read 39 nutrition labels and taste-tested 22 bean soups find these winners. These picks are incredibly hearty and meet our nutrition guidelines.
With the right balance of vegetables and spices, this black bean soup has classic flavor.
This soup has a perfect, toothsome texture and delightful tanginess. Plus, kale? Love!
Sweet corn flavor and a touch of chipotle give this soup kick.
No mushy beans here! And the millet's nuttiness pairs well with the herbs.
We had a hard time believing this savory soup was vegan. The secret: bay leaves.
This stew-like soup is our lowest sodium pick (410 mg), but doesn't taste like it.
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.
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.
Vegetarians take note: some bean soups are made with chicken broth, even if they don't include the meat.
(per 1-cup serving)
Sodium: <600 mg
Fiber: ≥5 g