Does chicken soup really help against colds? | Dr. Maya Roseman breaks the myth

Not on the chicken alone: When we are sick, the best way to pass the cold or at least the terrible feeling that accompanies it, is to sip from a hot bowl of homemade chicken soup. For years it has even been claimed that the familiar dose is “nature’s antibiotic”, but is that really the case? 103FM’s expert dietitian, Dr. Maya Roseman, Broke another myth in her weekly show.

“Chicken soup is for some reason considered a grandmother’s remedy for illness, flu or colds,” Rozman said in her opening remarks. “Is there really anything in the chicken broth that can cure the flu?” The expert dietitian asked, and was quick to answer.

“So this is it, no,” she said. “But, if you break down the ingredients of the soup you can find out why it can help us during illness, or any other soup.”

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  • Liquids “While there is fever, there is increased sweating and loss of fluid from the body. If we are not thirsty for water, soup that we eat slowly, spoon by spoon, returns us fluids in a slow way that also improves their absorption into the body.”
  • Carrot “Vitamin A is important for the immune system, and it is found in a huge amount in carrots found in chicken broth. Also in cooked carrots, vitamin A is in large quantities, since it is almost not destroyed by heat.”
  • Onion – “Contains antibacterial substance, which is absorbed into the body better than cooked or baked onions.”
  • turmeric – “The important spice in such a soup, contains anti-inflammatory substances that help us heal, and are absorbed into the body in a much better way than spice, compared to capsules.”
  • chicken “If we eat from such a soup, it contains iron that is needed for strength, and proteins that are needed for the immune system.”

“In addition to that,” the expert dietitian continued, “fresh soup contains very few calories, so it is possible and worthwhile to combine it during a diet, whether sick or not, and of course it is also possible in a vegetarian version.”

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