Because of the combination of ham and beans, ham bean soup is rich in protein, a vital nutrient for supporting your body's tissues. However, this soup is also high in carbohydrates and calories, so assess the nutrition facts carefully if you are dieting.
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According to LIVESTRONG's food database MyPlate, one cup of ham bean soup provides from 180 to 231 calories, depending on the recipe. If you base your diet on the suggested daily intake of 2,000 calories, then one cup of this soup contains nine to 11.5 percent of your daily calories.
Ham bean soup is high in fat, with two to 8.51 grams per cup, according to MyPlate. However, only one to three grams of this fat is saturated fat, while the rest is unsaturated. MedlinePlus explains that unsaturated fat may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
MyPlate notes that each cup of ham bean soup provides 10 to 12 grams of protein. Protein is an essential nutrient that supports muscle mass, among other roles.
Carbohydrates and Fiber
Ham bean soup is also rich in carbohydrates and fiber. MyPlate indicates that each cup of ham bean soup contains 28 to 33 g of carbohydrates, with six to 11 grams of fiber, a nutrient that promotes feelings of fullness.
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