Cold and flu season is here, so it might be comforting to have plenty of chicken soup ready. But does chicken soup really help when you’re sick?
Turns out: It can. Pardon the pun. But chicken soup can actually help reduce inflammation, which can lead to a stuffy or runny nose.
It’s also packed with protein, and nutrients, which can help your body fight off infection. And if you’ve got vegetables in there, that can add nutritional value, in many ways.
Finally, the meaty taste (also known as “umami“) may improve appetite and digestion.
The practice of treating a sickness with chicken soup actually goes back thousands of years; and in many different cultures, including the Roman empire and ancient China.
Do you eat chicken soup when you’re sick?
What are some other “comfort foods” you seek, when you’re under the weather?