Grandma may be on to something -- the fabled healing properties of old-fashioned chicken soup has garnered a growing body of scientific evidence:
• Pulmonary specialist and professor at the UCLA School for Medicine, Irwin Ziment, M.D., has shown an amino acid released from chicken during cooking chemically resembles the drug acetylcysteine, prescribed for bronchitis and other respiratory problems and found in some cold medications.
• Spices such as garlic and pepper -- ancient treatments for respiratory diseases -- work by thinning mucus and make breathing easier.
• The steam itself may be the real benefit -- sipping the hot soup and breathing in the steam helps to temporarily clear congestion.
While there is no conclusive evidence of a cure-all, it does seem probable that chicken soup helps alleviate annoying symptoms. At the very least, chicken soup provides a hot comforting meal and re-hydration. So as Grandma told you -- slurp up when you're feeling under the weather.
- Lemon Chicken and Spinach Noodle Soup
- Chicken Meatball Soup with Pasta
- Chicken and Rice Soup
- Chock Full of Chicken and Noodles Soup
- Knife and Fork Chicken Soup
- Chicken Soup with Lime
- Kid favourite: Chicken and Stars
- Hot Spicy Soup
- Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Soup
- Cock a Leekie Soup
- Homemade Chicken Stock
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