Canned soups, like most canned foods, are typically high in sodium because sodium, or salt, is used as a preservative in the canning process. If you're looking to reduce your dietary intake of sodium, you need to pay attention to the nutrition facts label on the back of the can. Endorsed by Weight Watchers, Progresso Light soup comes in several flavors, all of which come in with 80 calories or less per serving. Fourteen varieties of this soup are available, including Italian-style meatball with penne, homestyle vegetable with rice, New England clam chowder, chicken and herb dumplings, and zesty Southwestern-style vegetable.
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The nutrition facts label will tell you how much sodium is in one serving, breaking it down into grams or milligrams as well as listing a percentage on the right-hand side. This percentage is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Because there are about two servings per can of Progresso Light soup, it's important to keep in mind that you'll have to double the numbers listed on the nutrition facts label if you eat the whole can.
For a product to use the term "low sodium" on its label, the amount of sodium provided per serving must be 140 mg or less. Progresso Light soup is not labeled low sodium, although the amounts of sodium provided vary depending on the flavor you choose. The average sodium content of this line of soup is 500 mg.
Offering the lowest sodium content in this line of soup, Progresso Light's Zesty Santa Fe Style Chicken and Roasted Chicken with Vegetable flavor soups contain 460 mg sodium, or 19% of the recommended daily intake. From a nutritional standpoint, this product is not considered low sodium. However, it is considered low in calories. The Chicken and Herb Dumplings, New England Clam Chowder, and Chicken Noodle soups are the highest in sodium—with 690 mg sodium, or 29% of the recommended daily intake.
Progresso Light soup has a sodium content that is consistent with other canned products. Although low in calories per serving, Progresso Light soups are not considered low sodium; therefore, they are not the best choice for someone looking to reduce their sodium intake. If you're looking for a low-sodium Progresso soup, try the company's reduced sodium line, which is available in eight flavors.