Cybersecdn- Chicken soup has been used to treat illness for hundreds of years. This is a practice that has been passed down from generation to generation and from one culture to another. People all over the world follow this cooking advice, which has made its way into almost every home.
But What Is It About This Simple Dish that Makes It a Worldwide Sign of Comfort and Healing?
Chicken soup has been around since 60 A.D., when Pedanius Dioscorides, a Roman army healer, first made it. But its roots go back even further, to old Chinese medicine that was used thousands of years ago.
As we move into the flu and cold season, the question arises: does chicken soup really help people get better, or is it just a spoonful of comfort dressed up as a placebo? Dr. Colby Teeman, an assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics at the University of Dayton, has a lot to say about this topic.
When someone is sick, they often lose their appetite, which makes it hard for them to get the nutrients they need to get better. This is where chicken soup really shines. It has been shown that the umami taste makes people hungry, which makes them more likely to eat healthy food. It also helps the body digest food and absorb nutrients, which speeds up the mending process.
But it’s good for you in more ways than one. According to scientific research, chicken soup might help reduce swelling and clear up stuffy noses, which are typical symptoms of upper respiratory infections. Neutrophils are white blood cells that help control inflammation. The soup seems to stop neutrophils from moving around, which helps with stuffy noses and coughs.
But the magic isn’t just in the soup; it’s also in the spices that were used to make it. The kind you make at home, with lots of veggies, chicken, and sometimes noodles, is full of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It can be helpful to just sip the warm soup and breathe in its steam, which can help loosen mucus and rehydrate the body.
Though, not every chicken soup is good for you. Canned types that have been through a lot of processing often don’t have as many nutrients as homemade versions. For the full healing effects, a soup made in the kitchen with lots of fresh veggies, garlic, herbs, and spices is suggested.
Indeed, modern science agrees with ancient wisdom when it says that chicken soup does have healing and comforting qualities. Even though it might not be a miracle cure for the flu or cold, the way it feeds, hydrates, and keeps you warm is what makes sick people feel better.