Progresso's lentil soups, part of its Vegetable Classics line, come in both regular and 99 percent fat-free versions. Both are vegetarian and feature a blend of lentils, celery and spinach; the regular version also contains tomato paste. They are uncondensed and ready to serve, so you do not have to add water or milk before heating up a hearty bowl of lentil soup. The two soups vary slightly in their sodium, calories, fat and fiber content.
Overall Nutrition Facts
The serving size for both kinds of Progresso lentil soup is 1 cup. The regular Lentil Soup has 160 calories per serving, while the 99 Percent Fat Free Lentil Soup shaves off 20 calories with 140 calories per serving. The regular soup has 2 g fat with 0.5 g saturated fat; the 99 Percent Fat Free Soup has 1.5 g fat with no saturated fat. Both soups are free from trans fats and cholesterol. The regular soup has 9 g protein and 30 g carbohydrates, including 5 g healthy dietary fiber. The 99 Percent Fat Free Soup has 8 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates and 3 g fiber.
Progresso's regular Lentil Soup has 810 mg sodium per serving, and its 99 Percent Fat Free Lentil Soup has 500 mg sodium per serving. Neither soup contains monosodium glutamate, a flavor enhancer that contains salt. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that healthy adults limit sodium intake to avoid high blood pressure and the risk for stroke or coronary heart disease. Healthy adults on a 2,000-calorie diet should not have more than 2,300 mg per day, while adults with hypertension should not have more than 1,500 mg per day.
Progresso's regular Lentil Soup and its 99 Percent Fat Free Lentil Soup are both gluten free, so they are safe for people with celiac disease or allergies to wheat. Gluten is a protein in wheat, contained in many common carbohydrate products such as bread and pasta. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you have celiac disease or wheat allergies, your body has a dangerous immune response to gluten, so you need to avoid gluten by choosing your foods carefully.
Vitamins and Minerals
Lentils are high in iron, and Progresso's regular Lentil Soup and its 99 Percent Fat Free Lentil Soup both offer up 15 percent of the daily value for iron per serving. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services state that many children and women of child-bearing age may be at risk for iron deficiency. Additionally, Progresso's 99 Percent Fat Free Lentil Soup has 10 percent of the recommended daily value for vitamin A, while the regular soup has 4 percent of the daily value. Both soups contain no vitamin C and 2 percent of the daily value for calcium.
Food Exchange Lists
If you need to lose weight or you have diabetes, the food exchange lists from the American Diabetes Association may be helpful to you. The lists show different foods within each food group and tell you what a proper serving size is so that you can monitor your calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat. Based on the American Diabetic Association’s food exchange system, Progresso's regular Lentil Soup is equivalent to 1.5 servings of vegetables, and its 99 Percent Fat Free Lentil Soup has 1 serving of vegetables; both soups provide 1.5 starch servings.