When you open a can of soup it’s a pleasant surprise to see it resemble something that you’d actually make yourself. That’s what I thought about Health Valley’s 40% Less Sodium 14 Garden Vegetable Soup.
Visually it’s very appealing. There are large pieces of vegetables, which I love. You can see the carrots and celery slices—even the onions!
Reading the label I would say that the 14 vegetables in this soup are carrots, tomatoes, celery, peas, potatoes, green beans, white beans, corn, zucchini, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, onions, and bell peppers, in largest to smallest amounts. How many cans of vegetable soup have all that? However, of those, I didn’t see any broccoli (which did not hurt my feelings at all), zucchini, cabbage, or bell peppers in the can I had. It’s probably difficult to get everything in a single can anyway.
According to Health Valley, this soup has 40% less sodium than other leading brands. That means it’s got 960mg–still 40% daily value. However, even though it certainly tastes like it has lower salt I didn’t need to add any more. My palate has become adapted to less salty foods, though.
The broth is mild and tasty without any particular vegetable noticeable. But it is tomato-based.
The vegetables are tender, not mushy. The combination that they’ve chosen to use for this soup is definitely a winning one. I added some black pepper and a splash of Crystal hot sauce and the flavors really woke up.
This is a hearty soup with plenty to chew on in each bite. You’ll get 6g of protein and 8g fiber in each can. It’s fat and cholesterol free, with 40% of your daily vitamin C, 12% calcium, 12% iron, and a whopping 90% vitamin A! It’s practically a multi-vitamin for lunch.
They add honey, so it’s not vegan. There’s also yeast extract, which some people choose to avoid because its flavor-enhancing properties are similar to monosodium glutamate (MSG). Common allergens such as soy, wheat, and dairy do not appear to be present, though.
Overall, I really enjoyed this soup, but that’s no surprise. I love all of the canned soups that I try from Health Valley. This is definitely one that I’ll pick up again the next time I’m grocery shopping.