RANKED: These are the soups with the least sodium

Soup aisle grocery storeRebecca Harrington/Tech InsiderReady for the apocalypse.

Prepared soups are a fantastic option to have in your cupboard if you are ever too busy or too sick to make soup from scratch.

They last a really long time, too, so they will probably be a main food staple if we ever have an apocalypse.

But many of these canned soups contain about a third of your daily recommended sodium intake in a 1 cup serving, which is 767 mg for adults. If you slurp down a whole can, you’ll often get double that. “Light” soups don’t fare any better — they tend to have just as much sodium as the original versions.

In fact, most of the sodium we consume doesn’t come from the salt shaker; it comes from processed foods.

While recommendations about how much salt each person should eat vary and are somewhat controversial, the USDA recommends eating fewer than 2,300 mg a day. The American Heart Association says people who want to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke should try to cut back even more, to 1,500 mg. (People with heart conditions should follow the advice of their doctors.)

To compare the amount of sodium in soups, I went to the grocery store and photographed all the different brands I could. There are a lot of flavours, though, so I stuck with just chicken noodle and tomato for a base comparison.

Here are how 24 soups rank from most to least sodium in a 1 cup serving (which was the most common).

Campbell's Condensed Tomato: 960 mg

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Campbell's lists the serving size as 1/2 cup, but the directions say to mix one can of soup with one can of water or milk.

Campbell's Condensed Chicken Noodle: 900 mg

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Wolfgang Puck Chicken Noodle: 850 mg

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Campbell's Home Style Light Chicken Noodle: 790 mg

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Campbell's Chunky Chicken Noodle: 790 mg

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Campbell's Soup on the Go Chicken Noodle: 729 mg

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Pacific Chicken Noodle: 710 mg

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Lipton Cup-a-Soup: 693 mg

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Progresso Light Chicken Noodle: 690 mg

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Amy's Tomato: 690 mg

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Progresso Chicken Noodle: 690 mg

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Amy's No Chicken Noodle: 680 mg

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Progresso Tomato: 680 mg

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Annie's Tomato: 670 mg

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Campbell's Organic Tomato: 650 mg

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Wolfgang Puck Tomato: 630 mg

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Campbell's Soup on the Go Tomato: 499 mg

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Health Valley Chicken Noodle: 480 mg

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Progresso Heart Healthy Tomato: 480 mg

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Campbell's Organic Kids Chicken Noodle: 480 mg

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Dole Tomato: 450 mg

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Healthy Choice Chicken Noodle: 390 mg

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Pacific Tomato: 380 mg

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Health Valley Tomato: 60 mg

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