Jan. 7, 2012 -- Your mom was right about a lot of things: standing up straight, wearing clean underwear, and eating chicken noodle soup to cure all ills. We scanned the grocery shelves to find the best ones, weighing calories, sodium, and, of course, flavor.
Best Frozen Soup
Kettle Cuisine Chicken Soup with Rice NoodlesPrice: $3.50
Calories 121Total fat 2.5 gSodium 467 mgSugar 1 gProtein 12 g
This soup tastes great and wins points for having minimal ingredients, low sodium and gluten-free noodles. Tip: Other frozen chicken soups have as much as 12 g of fat per serving.
Best Classic Soup
Progresso Traditional Chicken NoodlePrice: $1.50
Calories 100Total fat 2.5 gSodium 690 mgSugar 1 gProtein 7 g
The blue can got the thumbs-up from our testers. Our panel loved the tender chicken and big chunks of carrots.
Tip: To avoid common suspect ingredients such as MSG, read labels carefully when shopping.
Best Low Sodium Soup
Healthy Choice Chicken NoodlePrice: $2
Calories 90Total fat 1 gSodium 390 mgSugar 2 gProtein 8 g
This microwaveable bowl is packed with protein, low in sodium, and free of that tinny "canned soup" taste.
Tip: Soups with less salt can be bland. Look for a brand with extra veggies for added flavor.
Best Organic Soup
Health Valley Organic Chicken NoodlePrice: $3
The Breakdown Per CupCalories 80Total fat 2.5 gSodium 480 mgSugar 1 gProtein 4 g
You can stop worrying about the chicken quality because all these ingredients are certified organic.
Tip: Organic doesn't always mean healthy. Some organic soups are a salt mine.
Best Vegetarian Soup
Amy's No Chicken Noodle SoupPrice: $2
Calories 100Total fat 3 gSodium 540 mgSugar 3 gProtein 7 g
Amy's is made with 95 percent organic ingredients, has no preservatives, and is meat free.
Tip: Make sure you're getting enough protein to fill you up. Other meatless brands have as little as 2 g per serving.
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