For decades, chicken soup has been the “go to” food when someone has a cold. Grandma, and perhaps your great grandma, believed that it cured a cold. Does it? Let’s take a look at the myth that chicken soup cures a cold, and a few other chicken soup myths.
Does Chicken Soup Cure a Cold?
The unfortunate truth is that no study has proven that chicken soup is actually good for a cold. That being said, there are many reasons why chicken soup may make you feel better if you have a cold.
#1 Colds Dehydrate You – Chicken soup contains a large amount of liquid. When you eat it, you’re helping your body to rehydrate, which can instantly help you feel better. Cold medications that include antihistamines and decongestants dehydrate you. They pull fluid from your cells. So eating chicken soup helps to get more fluids into your body.
#2 The Ingredients Fight Inflammation – According to WebMD and other medical experts, the ingredients in chicken soup, including the fat in the chicken and broth, can help reduce inflammation. This may make your sinuses, throat, and even your chest feel relief. It also helps your body fight the virus more effectively.
#3 Heat is Good – The steam from a hot bowl of chicken soup can help clear your nasal passages. Additionally, the warm broth can soothe an achy throat.
Finally, chicken soup is packed with healthy ingredients which can help strengthen your immune system and give your body the energy it needs to feel better. And the bottom line is if chicken soup is comforting, then it’s certainly a good food to eat when you’re feeling sick.
Myth: Chicken Soup is Too High in Sodium to Be Healthy
Is this true? Well, the answer is that it depends. Many store bought chicken soups, including canned chicken noodle soup and cream of chicken soup, are very high in sodium. A serving of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup contains 890mg of sodium. The RDA is 2,300mg. That’s more than 25% of your RDA in one cup of soup (and nearly 100% of the RDA if you eat the entire can). And if you’re sodium sensitive that recommended daily amount drops to 1500mg. Buying low sodium soup can help. Campbell’s Healthy Request chicken noodle soup contains 410mg of sodium per serving.
If you make chicken soup at home, you can control the amount of sodium in your soup by using low sodium chicken broth. Perk up the flavor by adding a variety of vegetables and seasonings.
Myth: If You Eat Only Chicken Soup You’ll Lose Weight
In many cases if you only eat one thing for several days, you’ll lose weight. However, there’s really no bearing for this myth. It depends on how much soup you eat and how many calories you burn each day. Chicken soup is delicious to be sure, but probably not something you want to eat all day, every day for several weeks.
Chicken soup is definitley popular and the myths will prevail. Use common sense to determine what you believe and why and enjoy your chicken soup!