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Superfood Sunday: Black Bean with Cactus Soup

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Welcome to the final post in Souperb’s Superfood Sunday Series, where we explore the benefits of functional ingredients in each of Souperb’s flavors. Almost every single ingredient in Souperb soups is a functional ingredient; meaning anytime you eat Souperb your body is getting antioxidant and anti inflammatory benefits! Today we’re focusing on one of Souperb’s newer flavors, Black Bean with Cactus. This protein-packed flavor has a robust, chunky texture and a delightful surprise of sautéed cactus. Souperb’s Black Bean with Cactus is delicious served hot, and it is also great served straight out of the fridge as a cold dip. You can top it with additional cactus or sliced avocado. Yum! Check out the nutrition label below for the full list of whole food, recognizable ingredients. 

Black Bean with Cactus Nutrition Label
Black Beans – Black Beans are delicious fiber-filled legumes that contain a surprisingly high amount of phytonutrients, which are powerful antioxidants that help prevent damage to cells throughout the body. They also magnesium, which supports maintenance of normal muscle and nerve function, immune health and bone health. Additionally, reduced risk of all of the following cardiovascular diseases has been associated with overall bean and legume intake: coronary heart disease, ischemic heart disease, hypercholesterolemia, and atherosclerosis. 

Onion – Onions are a great source of unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. They contain high amounts of the antioxidant quercetin; several studies have shown quercetin to have beneficial effects against many diseases and disorders including cardiovascular disease as well as breast, colon, ovarian, gastric, lung, and bladder cancers. Onions also help manage gut health due to the probiotic inulin, which promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract and reduces constipation.

Cactus – Aside from its unique, tart flavor, Cactus is known for its potential to reduce blood sugar levels and cholesterol, and is a great natural source of antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an anti-viral, and can help to protect nerve cells from damage. One of its biggest nutritional benefits is its hearty amount of dietary fiber.

Olive Oil – The functional highlights of this Mediterranean staple is its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular effects thanks to an extensive list of phenols and polyphenols. These phenols and polyphenols are nutrients responsible for reducing inflammatory processes within our blood vessels, which then reduces our risk of inflammation-related cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis.

Jalapeno – Are you surprised to see Jalapeno on this list of functional ingredients? Who knew that this delicious, spicy pepper would hold so many benefits for the body. Jalapenos contain capsaicin, which is a compound that has been shown in lab studies to kill over forty types of cancer cells. This powerful compound can help stop cancer cells from growing and dividing, can slow down the formation of blood vessels around tumors, and can even stop cancer from spreading to other parts of your body. Jalapenos are also an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, which we have previously discussed and neutralizes free radicals while bolstering cellular antioxidant defenses. Aside from its antioxidant benefits, jalapenos are rich in folate, vitamin K, and B vitamins.

Garlic – Garlic has long been touted for its nutritional benefits, and you may be aware of some of them. While garlic provides an excellent source of manganese and vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and calcium, it is the sulfur compounds in garlic that serve as its spotlight nutrients. This is because the sulfur-containing compounds in garlic have been shown to provide us with health advantages in a wide variety of body systems, including: our immune system, inflammatory system, digestive system, endocrine system, detoxification system and mostly our cardiovascular system. The sulfur itself specifically is critical to the health of our cellular detoxification system, the health of our joints and connective tissue, and oxygen-related metabolism

At Souperb, we believe in the power of food as medicine and are committed to using purposeful ingredients in our soups. If you’ve been following this series, we hope you’ve learned something new about functional ingredients. Souperb will continue to highlight their nutritional benefits in many posts to come. Make sure you catch up on our entire Superfood Sunday Series and use our Find Us tool to locate a store or delivery option near you. 

 

References

Onion and Garlic Intake and Breast Cancer, a Case-Control Study

Olive Oil – Health Benefits 

Anti-Oxidative and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ginger in Health

A comprehensive review of the carcinogenic and anticarcinogenic potential of capsaicin

Nopal cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) as a source of bioactive compounds for nutrition, health and disease

Cactus: A Review on its Antioxidants Properties and Potential Pharmacological Use in Chronic Diseases

Black Beans – Health Benefits 

Black Beans – Daily Nutrition Values

Superfood Sunday: Curry Cauliflower Soup

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Here at Souperb, we believe in the power of food as medicine and are committed to using purposeful ingredients in our soups. That’s why we’re continuing our series of posts where we explore the benefits of functional ingredients in each of Souperb’s flavors. Functional foods, beyond their basic nutritional functions, can decrease the risk of many chronic diseases and have a range of physiological benefits. Most include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Almost every single ingredient in Souperb soups is a functional ingredient! Today we’re focusing on Souperb’s flavorful Curry Cauliflower. The curry flavor is not hot and beautifully compliments the creamy cauliflower texture of this savory soup. Check out the nutrition label below for the full list of whole food, recognizable ingredients. 

Cauliflower – Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable with a unique combination of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and pro-detoxification components, which make it a unique food in terms of cancer prevention. High intake of cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower has been associated with lower risk of lung and colorectal cancer in some epidemiological studies. Do you think of citrus when you think of Vitamin C? Well, Cauliflower is also an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is crucial for our bodies. This chart from Harvest2U is a great visual to understand the Vitamin C content of Cauliflower, as well as alternative sources.


Onion – Onions are a great source of unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. They contain high amounts of the antioxidant quercetin; several studies have shown quercetin to have beneficial effects against many diseases and disorders including cardiovascular disease as well as breast, colon, ovarian, gastric, lung, and bladder cancers. Onions also help manage gut health due to the probiotic inulin, which promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract and reduces constipation.

Olive Oil – The functional highlights of this Mediterranean staple is its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular effects thanks to an extensive list of phenols and polyphenols. These phenols and polyphenols are nutrients responsible for reducing inflammatory processes within our blood vessels, which then reduces our risk of inflammation-related cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis.

Jalapeno – Are you surprised to see Jalapeno on this list of functional ingredients? Who knew that this delicious, spicy pepper would hold so many benefits for the body. Jalapenos contain capsaicin, which is a compound that has been shown in lab studies to kill over forty types of cancer cells. This powerful compound can help stop cancer cells from growing and dividing, can slow down the formation of blood vessels around tumors, and can even stop cancer from spreading to other parts of your body. Jalapenos are also an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, which we have previously discussed and neutralizes free radicals while bolstering cellular antioxidant defenses. Aside from its antioxidant benefits, jalapenos are rich in folate, vitamin K, and B vitamins.

Ginger – Ginger is  likely one of the functional foods you’ve heard mentioned before, and that is because it offers so many benefits! Ginger has potential for treating a number of ailments including degenerative disorders (arthritis and rheumatism), digestive health (indigestion, constipation and ulcer), cardiovascular disorders (atherosclerosis and hypertension), vomiting, diabetes mellitus, and cancer. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties for controlling the process of aging. Wow! 

Garlic – Garlic has long been touted for its nutritional benefits, and you may be aware of some of them. While garlic provides an excellent source of manganese and vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and calcium, it is the sulfur compounds in garlic that serve as its spotlight nutrients. This is because the sulfur-containing compounds in garlic have been shown to provide us with health advantages in a wide variety of body systems, including: our immune system, inflammatory system, digestive system, endocrine system, detoxification system and mostly our cardiovascular system. The sulfur itself specifically is critical to the health of our cellular detoxification system, the health of our joints and connective tissue, and oxygen-related metabolism

Souperb’s Curry Cauliflower is a favorite among customers that are seeking Indian inspired flavors with vegetables, herbs and spices that pack a powerful nutritional punch. Want to try it for yourself? Use our Locator tool to find a delivery/pickup option near you. Interested in using this flavor in a simple and delicious One Pot recipe? Head over to our recent blog post, which features a nutritious One Pot Curry Cauliflower Noodles recipe

 

References

Cruciferous Vegetable Intake and Cancer Prevention

Cruciferous vegetables and human cancer risk: epidemiologic evidence and mechanistic basis

Onion and Garlic Intake and Breast Cancer, a Case-Control Study

Olive Oil – Health Benefits 

Anti-Oxidative and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ginger in Health

A comprehensive review of the carcinogenic and anticarcinogenic potential of capsaicin

Superfood Sunday: Butternut Squash with Cumin Soup

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Here at Souperb, we believe in the power of food as medicine and are committed to using purposeful ingredients in our soups. That’s why we’re continuing our series of posts where we explore the benefits of functional ingredients in each of Souperb’s flavors. Functional foods, beyond their basic nutritional functions, can decrease the risk of many chronic diseases and have a range of physiological benefits. Most include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Almost every single ingredient in Souperb soups is a functional ingredient! Today we’re focusing on Butternut Squash with Cumin, which pairs the savory notes of cumin with the sweetness of the squash. Check out the nutrition label below for the full list of whole food, recognizable ingredients.

Butternut Squash – The buttery, sweet squash in this soup are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. Butternut Squash is especially high in many different kinds of carotenoids; from this Superfood Sunday series, we’ve learned that carotenoids are important antioxidants that help your body combat damage from oxidative stress. Due to this, carotenoids help reduce risk of age-related disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease. This includes high levels of the carotenoid beta-carotene, which we have mentioned previously in our Superfood Sunday posts. Butternut Squash contains a healthy amount of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats that can help with pain reduction. Looking for Vitamin A? Butternut Squash is an amazing source of Vitamin A, which helps keep your skin, eyes and organs functioning healthily. Here’s a helpful chart displaying some great nutritional information about this functional superfood:

Cumin – Cumin is rich in antioxidants and contains high amounts of monounsaturated fat, protein, and dietary fiber, vitamins B and E and several dietary minerals, especially iron. Iron is essential for human growth and development, and does the critical function of bringing oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Cumin has been found to aid in digestion and also relieve effects of gastrointestinal disorders like bloating, and other symptoms of IBS. 

Onion – Onions are a great source of unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. They contain high amounts of the antioxidant quercetin; several studies have shown quercetin to have beneficial effects against many diseases and disorders including cardiovascular disease as well as breast, colon, ovarian, gastric, lung, and bladder cancers. Onions also help manage gut health due to the probiotic inulin, which promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract and reduces constipation.

Olive Oil – The functional highlights of this Mediterranean staple is its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular effects thanks to an extensive list of phenols and polyphenols. These phenols and polyphenols are nutrients responsible for reducing inflammatory processes within our blood vessels, which then reduces our risk of inflammation-related cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis.

Souperb’s Butternut Squash with Cumin is a fan favorite for a reason! This buttery, velvety blend of delicious and nutritious vegetables is truly a delight to sip on. Want to try it for yourself? Use our Locator tool to find a delivery/pickup option near you

References 

Onion and Garlic Intake and Breast Cancer, a Case-Control Study

Olive Oil – Health Benefits 

The Nutrition Source – Winter Squash

Content and in-vitro accessibility of pro-vitamin A carotenoids

Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) and black cumin (Nigella sativa) seeds: traditional uses, chemical constituents, and nutraceutical effects

Cumin Extract for Symptom Control in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Case Series

Superfood Sunday: Broccoli with Almond Soup

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Here at Souperb, we believe in the power of food as medicine and are committed to using purposeful ingredients in our soups. That’s why we’re continuing our series of posts where we explore the benefits of functional ingredients in each of Souperb’s flavors. Functional foods, beyond their basic nutritional functions, can decrease the risk of many chronic diseases and have a range of physiological benefits. Most include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Almost every single ingredient in Souperb soups is a functional ingredient! Today we’re focusing on Broccoli with Almond, a delicious velvety blend of veggie goodness with a subtle note of almond flavor. Check out the nutrition label below for the full ingredients list – no artificial or unrecognizable ingredients here! broccoli_nutrition_souperb

Broccoli – Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable with a unique combination of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and pro-detoxification components, which make it a unique food in terms of cancer prevention. Research shows decreased risk of prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, and ovarian cancer. Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium and folate. Impressed? Broccoli is also a very good source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, vitamin A, potassium, copper, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium. WOW! 

Onion – Onions are a great source of unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. They contain high amounts of the antioxidant quercetin; several studies have shown quercetin to have beneficial effects against many diseases and disorders including cardiovascular disease as well as breast, colon, ovarian, gastric, lung, and bladder cancers. Onions also help manage gut health due to the probiotic inulin, which promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract and reduces constipation.

Almond – Almonds contain a hearty amount of magnesium, which can help regulate blood pressure by improving the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Due to their health-promoting monounsaturated fats, almonds have been suggested to lower total and LDL cholesterol, thus reducing risk of heart disease. Almonds, specifically their skins, provide major anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Additionally, Almonds are a very good source of vitamin E, vitamin B12, manganese, biotin, copper and phosphorus. Are you nuts for more nutritional information? Check out this interesting chart below from the USDA Nutrient Laboratory Database:

Olive Oil – The functional highlights of this Mediterranean staple is its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular effects thanks to an extensive list of phenols and polyphenols. These phenols and polyphenols are nutrients responsible for reducing inflammatory processes within our blood vessels, which then reduces our risk of inflammation-related cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis.

Soup is an easy and delicious way to get your daily servings of veggies. This spin on a classic broccoli soup will definitely leave you wanting more. Want to find Souperb’s Broccoli with Almond in your area for pickup or delivery? Enter your zipcode on our Find Us page. Stay tuned to the blog for a simple, nutritious recipe using our Broccoli with Almond soup!

 

References

Cruciferous Vegetable Intake and Cancer Prevention

New Metrics of Affordable Nutrition: Which Vegetables Provide Most Nutrients for Least Cost?

Onion and Garlic Intake and Breast Cancer, a Case-Control Study

Olive Oil – Health Benefits 

The Nutrition Source – Almonds

 

Superfood Sunday: Tomato with Fennel Seeds Soup

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Here at Souperb, we believe in the power of food as medicine and are committed to using purposeful ingredients in our soups. That’s why we’re continuing our series of posts where we explore the benefits of functional ingredients in each of Souperb’s flavors. Functional foods, beyond their basic nutritional functions, can decrease the risk of many chronic diseases and have a range of physiological benefits. Most include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Almost every single ingredient in Souperb soups is a functional ingredient! Today we’re focusing on the perfect Summer flavor, Tomato with Fennel Seeds. Check out the nutrition label below for the full ingredients list – no artificial or unrecognizable ingredients here! 

Tomato with Fennel Seeds Nutrition Label

Tomatoes – Consuming tomatoes provides a combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, including vitamins C, E and A. Tomatoes contain the powerful antioxidant Lycopene. Higher blood levels of lycopene have been associated with reductions in cardiovascular disease risk. For example, intake of Lycopene has been shown to result in decreased total cholesterol – mainly decreased LDL cholesterol, which can contribute to the formation of plaque buildup in the arteries. In addition to Lycopene, tomatoes are chock full of heart-healthy potassium; the flow of potassium in and out of heart cells helps regulate your heartbeat.

Onions – Onions are a great source of unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. They contain high amounts of the antioxidant quercetin; several studies have shown quercetin to have beneficial effects against many diseases and disorders including cardiovascular disease as well as breast, colon, ovarian, gastric, lung, and bladder cancers. Onions also help manage gut health due to the probiotic inulin, which promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract and reduces constipation.

Carrots – Carrots contain valuable amounts of antioxidant nutrients, which are essential to protect our cells from damage. This includes traditional antioxidants like vitamin C, in addition to phytonutrient antioxidants like beta-carotene. There is an association between high levels of beta-carotene consumption and a decrease in strokes and cardiovascular disease. Carrots are one of the best natural sources for the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been proven to reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including cataracts.

Olive Oil – The functional highlights of this Mediterranean staple is its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular effects thanks to an extensive list of phenols and polyphenols. These phenols and polyphenols are nutrients responsible for reducing inflammatory processes within our blood vessels, which then reduces our risk of inflammation-related cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis.

Garlic – Garlic has long been touted for its nutritional benefits, and you may be aware of some of them. While garlic provides an excellent source of manganese and vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and calcium, it is the sulfur compounds in garlic that serve as its spotlight nutrients. This is because the sulfur-containing compounds in garlic have been shown to provide us with health advantages in a wide variety of body systems, including: our immune system, inflammatory system, digestive system, endocrine system, detoxification system and mostly our cardiovascular system. The sulfur itself specifically is critical to the health of our cellular detoxification system, the health of our joints and connective tissue, and oxygen-related metabolism. 

Fennel Seed – Fennel has strong antioxidant activity and is also incredibly high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential as the body’s primary water-soluble antioxidant, able to neutralize free radicals in all aqueous environments of the body. Fennel also contains fiber, folate and potassium which are beneficial to cardiovascular and colon health.

Thyme – If you feel a cold coming on, thyme can help get you back in good health. In natural medicine, thyme has been used for years to aid chest and respiratory issues. Thyme also contains a variety of flavonoids, which increase thyme’s antioxidant capacity, and combined with its status as a good source of manganese, give thyme a high standing on the list of antioxidant foods. Another health benefit of thyme: It’s a good source of copper, fiber and iron.

Curious to try this spin on an American classic? Click here to find out where Souperb is available in your area.

 

References: 

Onion and Garlic Intake and Breast Cancer, a Case-Control Study

Olive Oil – Health Benefits 

How Phytochemicals Work 

Carrots – Health Benefits 

Are we getting enough sulfur in our diet? 

Garlic as a Potential Anticarcinogenic Agent Against Major Digestive Cancers

Food for health: a nutrition encyclopedia 

Fennel – Health Benefits 

Health Benefits of Thyme

 

Superfood Sunday: Red Pepper Corn Soup

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Here at Souperb, we believe in the power of food as medicine and are committed to using purposeful ingredients in our soups. That’s why we’re continuing our series of posts where we explore the benefits of functional ingredients in each of Souperb’s flavors. Functional foods, beyond their basic nutritional functions, can decrease the risk of many chronic diseases and have a range of physiological benefits. Most include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Almost every single ingredient in Souperb soups is a functional ingredient! Today we’re focusing on one of Souperb’s delicious summer flavors, Red Pepper Corn. Check out the nutrition label below for the full ingredients list – no artificial or unrecognizable ingredients here!

Corn – The star of the show in this flavor is the sweet, fresh corn. Corn contains two key antioxidants: lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids have been proven to reduce the risk of chronic eye disease. Corn is also a hearty source of fiber, and intake of soluble fiber has long been linked to cardiovascular benefits, including helpful changes in blood fat levels and composition. Additionally, corn is a good source of pantothenic acid, phosphorus, niacin, manganese and vitamin B6.

Onions – Onions are a great source of unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. They contain high amounts of the antioxidant quercetin; several studies have shown quercetin to have beneficial effects against many diseases and disorders including cardiovascular disease as well as breast, colon, ovarian, gastric, lung, and bladder cancers. Onions also help manage gut health due to the probiotic inulin, which promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract and reduces constipation.

Red Pepper – Did you know that red pepper has over double the amount of vitamin C as an orange? Red peppers and bell peppers in general are an underrated source of nutrients. There are more than 30 different carotenoids being provided by this nutritious vegetable. Included in these carotenoids are alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin. These powerful antioxidants reduce risk for numerous chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diseases related to regulation of blood sugar. Besides its incredible amount of vitamin C, Bell peppers are a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, folate, molybdenum, vitamin E, dietary fiber, vitamin B2, pantothenic acid, niacin, potassium, vitamin K, manganese, vitamin B1, phosphorus and magnesium. Wow!

Olive Oil – The functional highlights of this Mediterranean staple is its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular effects thanks to an extensive list of phenols and polyphenols. These phenols and polyphenols are nutrients responsible for reducing inflammatory processes within our blood vessels, which then reduces our risk of inflammation-related cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis.

Garlic – Garlic has long been touted for its nutritional benefits, and you may be aware of some of them. While garlic provides an excellent source of manganese and vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and calcium, it is the sulfur compounds in garlic that serve as its spotlight nutrients. This is because the sulfur-containing compounds in garlic have been shown to provide us with health advantages in a wide variety of body systems, including: our immune system, inflammatory system, digestive system, endocrine system, detoxification system and mostly our cardiovascular system. The sulfur itself specifically is critical to the health of our cellular detoxification system, the health of our joints and connective tissue, and oxygen-related metabolism.

Fennel Seed – Fennel has strong antioxidant activity and is also incredibly high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential as the body’s primary water-soluble antioxidant, able to neutralize free radicals in all aqueous environments of the body. Fennel also contains fiber, folate and potassium which are beneficial to cardiovascular and colon health.

Thyme – If you feel a cold coming on, thyme can help get you back in good health. In natural medicine, thyme has been used for years to aid chest and respiratory issues. Thyme also contains a variety of flavonoids, which increase thyme’s antioxidant capacity, and combined with its status as a good source of manganese, give thyme a high standing on the list of antioxidant foods. Another health benefit of thyme: It’s a good source of copper, fiber and iron.

Ready to try this perfect summertime soup for yourself? Click here to find out where Souperb is sold in your area.

References: 

Onion and Garlic Intake and Breast Cancer, a Case-Control Study

Olive Oil – Health Benefits 

Corn Products as Sources of Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Corn – Health Benefits 

How Phytochemicals Work 

Bell and Chili Peppers 

Are we getting enough sulfur in our diet? 

Garlic as a Potential Anticarcinogenic Agent Against Major Digestive Cancers

Food for health: a nutrition encyclopedia 

Fennel – Health Benefits 

Health Benefits of Thyme

Superfood Sunday: Carrot Pistachio and Tarragon Soup

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Here at Souperb, we believe in the power of food as medicine and are committed to using purposeful ingredients in our soups. That’s why we’re starting a short series of posts where we explore the benefits of functional ingredients in each of Souperb’s flavors. 

First, you may be asking, what are functional foods? Functional foods, beyond their basic nutritional functions, can decrease the risk of many chronic diseases and have a range of physiological benefits. Most include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Almost every single ingredient in Souperb soups is a functional ingredient! You may be familiar with popular functional benefits, such as turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects or the antioxidant power of Green Tea. We aim to provide a brief insight on some functional benefits you may not have been aware of before. Here we’re focusing on one of Souperb’s most popular flavors and its functional ingredients, Carrot Pistachio Soup. Check out the nutrition label below for the full ingredients list – no artificial or unrecognizable ingredients here!

Carrots – Carrots contain valuable amounts of antioxidant nutrients, which are essential to protect our cells from damage. This includes traditional antioxidants like vitamin C, in addition to phytonutrient antioxidants like beta-carotene. There is an association between high levels of beta-carotene consumption and a decrease in strokes and cardiovascular disease. Carrots are one of the best natural sources for the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been proven to reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including cataracts. They weren’t kidding when they told you to eat carrots for good eyesight! 

Onions – Onions are a great source of unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. They contain high amounts of the antioxidant quercetin; several studies have shown quercetin to have beneficial effects against many diseases and disorders including cardiovascular disease as well as breast, colon, ovarian, gastric, lung, and bladder cancers. Onions also help manage gut health due to the probiotic inulin, which promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract and reduces constipation.

Pistachios – The pistachio is a nutrient-dense nut with a heart-healthy fatty-acid profile as well as protein, dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin K  and a number of phytochemicals. Impressive, right? But did you know that Pistachios have recently been found to be a complete protein, which means it contains ALL essential amino acids. Check out the infographic below: 

Olive Oil – The functional highlights of this Mediterranean staple is its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular effects thanks to an extensive list of phenols and polyphenols. These phenols and polyphenols are nutrients responsible for reducing inflammatory processes within our blood vessels, which then reduces our risk of inflammation-related cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis.

Tarragon – Rich in antioxidant properties, Tarragon contains a high level of the previously mentioned beta carotene, which assists in the overall health and function of the eyes. Historically, Tarragon has been used medicinally for years, especially for its anti-inflammatory effects

It is interesting to think about what food can do for our bodies in different ways. There is so much more information out there on these ingredients and their benefits – we encourage you to research more on any functional food benefits you may be curious about. Most importantly, stay tuned for our upcoming posts for a look into the nutritious, functional ingredients in other Souperb flavors

 

References:

Functional Foods: Benefits, Concerns and Challenges—A Position Paper from the American Council on Science and Health

Dietary Sources of Lutein and Zeaxanthin Carotenoids and Their Role in Eye Health

Onion and Garlic Intake and Breast Cancer, a Case-Control Study

Carrots – Health Benefits 

The Power of the World’s Healthiest Foods

Prebiotics: Definition, Types, Sources, Mechanisms, and Clinical Applications

Olive Oil – Health Benefits 

Pistachio Nuts: Composition and Potential Health Benefits

Pistachios are a Complete Protein – American Pistachio Growers