Chicken noodle soup is often a staple when someone is fighting a cold or the flu.
A nice warm bowl of chicken noodle soup can make things better when you are feeling under the weather. There is limited evidence that chicken soup has medicinal properties.
Clinical dietitians say it’s all about the ingredients.
1. Let’s start with the broth.
It's important to stay hydrated when you are sick. A clear broth is warm and soothing making it a good source of fluids, especially if you have a sore throat or find it difficult to keep food in your stomach.
The benefits are similar, whether it's vegetable or chicken soup. Just keep in mind there are more health advantages when it comes to homemade soup. The ingredients are fresher and less salty than canned soup. This is important if your doctor has recommended a low sodium diet.
Now, a little extra salt is ok. Adding spices like oregano, parsley and chili pepper flakes can help combat that loss of appetite and taste that is common with a cold or the flu.
2. The chicken is full of protein that helps support the immune system.
It's also a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins, that boost immunity and help regulate digestion. Chicken also contains tryptophan, the amino acid that helps your body produce serotonin.
This gives you the emotional and psychological lift that makes chicken noodle soup a true comfort food.
3.The noodles aren't just for show.
They're packed with carbohydrates , which are a source of energy for your body.
Getting in a good dose through soup can help you feel less sluggish, full and satisfied.
4. We can't forget those bits of carrot, celery and onion in the bowl.
These are a great sources of vitamins C and K as well as other antioxidants and minerals. They help your body build a healthy immune system, recover faster, reduce inflammation and eliminate toxins from the body.
5. While hot steam isn't an ingredient you've actually added.
The steam mixed with the natural salts can help open up airways and sinuses, making it easier to breathe. It too has a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help relax sore muscles. Now soup won't cure your cold or flu completely and doctors say more research is needed to prove it’s efficacy.
It's a delicious way to load up on nutrients and fluids while you recover. If you can't seem to shake the symptoms, check in with your doctor or pharmacist.