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Why Do We Eat Chicken Noodle Soup When We Are Sick?


Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Every childhood memory spent under the weather is likely to include a steaming hot bowl of chicken noodle soup. But is it really the best remedy for a cold?

In order to understand the benefits of the nostalgic dish we’ve grown to love, let us first breakdown the various ingredients of a tasty chicken noodle soup recipe:

  • Chicken Broth – Hearty broth contains vitamins, minerals and some fat. The warm liquid can help to improve upper respiratory tract symptoms by providing hydration and stimulating nasal clearance.
  • Carrots, Celery, Onion – These vegetables contain vitamin A, C and other antioxidants that have been known to help build a strong immune system and fight off viruses. They may help the body recover from illness more quickly.
  • Chicken – The star of the dish is packed with protein, which supports the immune system.
  • Noodles – High in carbohydrates, they will help you to feel full and satisfied.

When you’re sick, your immune system will likely receive “support” to fight the cold from standard over-the-counter cold medicines. However, in some instances, the nutrients from chicken noodle soup can aid with that support system. Studies have shown that a hearty bowl of chicken soup may help you to clear nasal congestion and have a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease cold symptoms.

Chicken noodle soup makes a great fallback for the cold winter days because of all its’ wonderful nutrients. The ingredients included are soothing to the throat, easy-to-digest and also pack a great taste.

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