Chicken Noodle Soup: Can It Really Cure a Cold?

chicken noodle soupI've been battling a cold for the last two days, so my husband said he would make me chicken noodle soup tonight for dinner. I don't know about you, but chicken soup always makes me feel better when I'm sick. And I can't decide if that's because it actually has restorative capabilities or simply because it's nice to have someone care for me when I'm feeling under the weather.


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Some scientists believe that chicken soup is medicinal because it has anti-inflamatory properties that help to soothe sore throats and inflamed airways. But I'm wondering if eating chicken soup to feel better is pyschosomatic: The mental benefits of just thinking that you are doing something good for yourself can also have physical benefits as well.

Do you agree (and in the meantime, here is a homemade chicken soup recipe)?

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

1 can crushed tomatoes

Dried herbs (pasley, basil, thyme, etc.)

1 bay leaf

2 quarts chicken stock

8 ounces dried wide egg noodles

1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

In large stockpot, saute onion, carrots, and celery in a little olive oil until tender (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and saute for about 1 minute. Add crushed tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil. Season with dried herbs, parsley, and salt and pepper. Turn down to simmer. Add chicken and egg noodles and cook until noodles are aldente (about 5-8 minutes). Serve topped with fresh chopped parsley.

Does chicken soup make you feel better when you're sick? Do you make it for your kids if they have a cold or the flu?


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