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Nutritional Quality of Dry Vegetable Soups

Unilever R&D Vlaardingen, Olivier van Noortlaan 120, 3133 AT Vlaardingen, The Netherlands
Unilever R&D Heilbronn, Knorrstrasse 1, D-74074 Heilbronn, Germany
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Nutrients 2019, 11(6), 1270;
Received: 8 May 2019 / Revised: 26 May 2019 / Accepted: 2 June 2019 / Published: 4 June 2019
Dry soups with vegetables are often perceived as having low nutritional quality, but there are only limited data on the nutritional value of dry soups. Therefore, we measured the nutritional composition of dry vegetable powders used in dry soups and compared the results with published data on fresh and cooked vegetables. We also analyzed the nutritional composition of dry vegetable soups and compared these with published data on home-made and other soups. Dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and carotenoids in dry vegetables powders and soups were analyzed. Based on these data, a nutrient density score was calculated as measure of overall nutritional quality. Nutrient density scores for fresh and cooked vegetables, as well as home-made and other soups, were calculated based on the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) and “Bundeslebensmittelschlüssel” (BLS) food composition data. The nutrient density scores of dry vegetable powders did not systematically differ from cooked vegetables. Nutrient contributions to European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) dietary reference intakes per 250 mL serving of soup ranged from 11–45% for fiber; 3–23% for iron, magnesium, and zinc; 8–22% for potassium; 11–15% for vitamin A; 2–17% for B-vitamins; and 2–15% for vitamin K. The nutrient density scores of dry vegetable soups were in the same order of those of home-made and other soups. These data indicate that dry vegetable soups, like home-made soups, can deliver a significant part of recommended daily nutrient and vegetable intake. View Full-Text
Keywords: dry soups; dry vegetables; nutritional composition; nutritional density score dry soups; dry vegetables; nutritional composition; nutritional density score
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van Buren, L.; Grün, C.H.; Basendowski, S.; Spraul, M.; Newson, R.; Eilander, A. Nutritional Quality of Dry Vegetable Soups. Nutrients 2019, 11, 1270.

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