Thursday, January 1, 2015

Chicken Noodle Soup for Common Colds

It is old advice and a seemingly ancient remedy for common colds, but is there any merit to the claim that chicken noodle soup helps with the symptoms and/or shortens the duration of the common cold? Evidently so... Apparently those moms and grannies out there were right, as not only is the soup itself fairly nutritional, scientific evidence supports some of these claims, as well.

The anti-inflammatory properties of the soup, the extra nutrients that leak out of the chicken bones during the cooking process, the spices and seasonings, and the drug-like agents similar to modern cold medicines (like acetylcysteine) that are release from certain amino acids in chicken soup while being cooked, all factor in. Plus, the steam and warmth of any soup has to be somewhat comforting when you are feeling bad, cold, and sick.

Anyway, I've never made homemade chicken noodle soup, but I have made vegetable soup, beef stew, and spicy chili several times. At any culinary rate, I've read a few tidbits in the past about how there is some truth to chicken noodle soup being good for a common cold, flu or whatever, but I thought I'd spend a few minutes this morning searching online about it. If you'd like to watch this stuff getting cooked the old fashioned way in a big stock pot with wholesome ingredients, go here: www.unmc.edu/publicrelations/chickensoup.htm [URL is no longer valid]

I found another good blog post about this subject, here: daytodaywoman.com/2011/02/23/will-chicken-noodle-soup-really-cure-the-common-cold/

Well, I don't know about you guys, but I'm actually going to go into the kitchen in a few and pop open a canned version of chicken noodle soup. All this writing and reading about it, made me hungry for it; ha! Yeah, y'all can make the homemade version if you desire, but I'm taking the easy way out this morning. I'll just be sure to add some hot sauce and extra black pepper to my store-bought version, for an added boost. Cheers!

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