McDougall's Lower Sodium Garden Vegetable Soup is a great way to add more vegetables to your diet without a lot of extra sodium. It can be used as a meal or you can add rice and cook them together or combine after cooking them separately. (Any kind of rice will work, just follow the directions on the package for timing. We use Lundberg's Organic Wild Rice and it works very well).
Having suffered of high blood pressure, I always try to control my intake of sodium. Being also vegan, this soup seemed like an interesting option. I didn't dislike the taste of this soup, but it does feel a bit insufficient if you are hungry. The package is supposed to contain two portions, but I think it hardly counts as one. As other reviewers have written, it is composed mostly out of water, so I guess you're better off adding your own veggies to the soup, but that kind of defeats the purpose of buying a ready-to-eat product. The sodium content, although small compared to other similar products, is still pretty high (almost 600 mg of sodium per box), specially if you're trying to keep your blood pressure under check. For the price, I think you're better off just buying some sort of veggie broth and/or just cooking a soup yourself.
Definitely not a “hearty” soup – deep main ingredients is water. By adding some potatoes and spices it became something almost edible pretty low quality for six dollars. The basic taste of the broth is OK but very bland. Not worth it. The size is OK for one person, but more ingredients are necessary to make it an actual meal.
When we are in a hurry, this product works well to make a quick and tasty hearty vegetable soup. So we like to keep several cartons on hand. Generally, I use this as a base for a quick fat free vegan soup. I add some additional organic no fat vegetable broth, a variety of frozen vegetables, some spices and lemon juice, and some beans or lentils so as to tailor it to our taste. Filling, healthful, and tasty!