Why You Should Start Your Meal with Soup or Salad

By EatingWell Editors, "The EatingWell Diet: Tips for a New You," March/April 2008

Fill up first on soups and salads—and eat fewer calories later.

"Calories are not the only consideration for "eating well" (as this website is titled). Eating salad after the main course, as many place in the world do, can help aid digestion with fiber intake but also preventing the diluting of stomach...

Filling up on fiber- and water-rich foods first can help prevent you from overdoing high-calorie fare later. Research out of Penn State shows that eating a first-course salad can reduce overall calorie intake at a meal by up to 12 percent. And in a study in Appetite last November, people who started lunch with vegetable soup ended up eating 20 percent less than those who skipped the soup.

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