theoutline.comWhat is soup? I know what you’re thinking: it’s soup. Yes, that’s true. Soup is soup. But what is “soup”? I know what you’re thinking: it’s soup. Ugh, we could do this all day. Here’s what I’m asking you: Is soup a food or a beverage?

Soup is liquid, but it is typically eaten with utensils. It’s usually savory, but it can be placed in a thermos and taken on a camping trip for periodic sipping. It can have food chunks, but around those food chunks? Liquid. It is nutrient-rich, but so is juice. Is juice a food? I think not all but most would agree that it is not.

Please don’t judge me for this, but I think it’s important to begin by telling you that Webster’s dictionary defines soup as “a liquid food.” The word itself (“soup”) is of Germanic origin; it became the Latin suppa, meaning the piece of bread used to soak up a broth, which became the French soupe, meaning soup. As a source of nourishment, soup has existed across all cultures essentially forever, give or take. A 2010 study of 46,000-year-old Neanderthal teeth fossils shows that even those guys cooked plant foods to make them more easily digestible, in a way that was likely soup-like.

Hmmmm this is a very interesting question, I’m going to go with food…leave a comment with your thoughts.

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