Dineamic Myth Busters: Can chicken soup really help cure a cold?
We’ve all been told or offered chicken soup to help us mend when we’re under the weather. So, is this just another old wive’s tale our grandparents told to get extra veggies in us or does it really work? We thought we’d investigate this with winter settling in and potential colds and flus on their way.
Chicken soup has positive effects on the respiratory tract during a cold. The warm vapor has proven to raise the temperature of our nasal passages, which loosens thick secretions and clears our passages, helping us breathe. Chicken soup has also shown to have positive anti-inflammatory responses by decreasing inflammation caused by viral illnesses. This suppresses hypersensitivity, minimising the symptoms of the virus.
It’s also associated with a positive psychological experience as we have a positive association and attachment to having chicken soup when we’re sick. Turns out our grandparents weren’t telling fibs after all!
The old wives tale lives on, continuing to give chicken soup the recognition it deserves, and even better, Dienamic can help you out this winter with our chicken and corn soup (a customer fave), chicken laksa (a fave of MANY team members) and chicken, vegetable & du puy lentil soup (a fave for heartiness!)
Plus during our investigation, we found many other benefits of having soup in our diet. Many studies showed that people with soup in their diet have a higher fibre intake. This is because people who had soup had a higher intake of vegetables per day, high fibre aids digestion feeds gut bacteria, and helps increase insulin sensitivity leaving us fuller for longer. They also showed higher intakes of vitamin A, iron, and water double vitamins. Vitamin C and folate are easily lost in food processing but soup holds these. Vitamin C helps us reduce oxidative stress minimising cell damage, folate helps us form DNA helping with the cellular repair which boosts immunity and minimises the onset of a cold or flu.
Myth solved! Bring on the soup!