Does chicken soup really help with a cold?
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Does chicken soup really help with a cold?
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You asked us, does chicken soup really help with a cold? And we went to Generic Grandma for this one.

Yes, it actually looks like her chicken soup might make you feel better.

Like over-the-counter cold meds, chicken soup isn't going to cure your cold or even make it shorter, but it can probably reduce your symptoms, making you that much less miserable.

The virus that's invaded your body and made you sick isn't to blame for your stuffy nose, your cough, or other nastiness -- you can actually thank your body for that.

It's busy fighting off the intruder by sending white blood cells to the front lines.

And lucky us, one of the side effects of this defense structure is a serious uptick in mucus.

Anyway, research suggests that chicken soup has a little something, something -- and don't ask me what, because we don't actually know yet -- that slows down mucus production and gets existing muck to run out.

At the very least, chicken soup helps keep you hydrated and it fills your belly with nutritious, yummy veggies and other good stuff. So the next time you're sick, reach for a big bowl of brothy goodness. It just might make you feel better.

GENERIC GRANDMA: BA-BOWL!

ERIC SHULZE: Oh, thanks Grandma.

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No sciencey soup for you. No soup. No science.

Critical thinking challenge: What are the helpful side effects of eating chicken soup?

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COMMENTS (220)
  • lucy13102
    3/10/2015 - 05:29 p.m.

    Chicken soup is a delicious meal, even when you aren't sick. However, when you are sick, it may help you feel better. Studies show that, like over the counter medication, chicken soup won't cure your cold. Chicken soup does reduce mucus production, though. I think it is great that scientists have busted the myth of chicken soup being a cure for illness. Chicken soup is a tasty meal, so next time I go under the weather, I will remember that it will actually make me feel better.

  • SageMeadows101902
    3/10/2015 - 05:30 p.m.

    It is amazing how chicken noodle soup can affect you when you are sick. I remember when I was sick with the stomach flu my mom fed me chicken noodle soup, and I felt much better after I ate it. I think scientists should do further research on this topic. It is very interesting. Next time I get sick I am definitely gonna get myself a bowl of chicken noodle soup!

  • Tara1119
    3/10/2015 - 05:33 p.m.

    I think it's really cool how chicken soup actually does help you get better. I thought it was just a myth, and people only ate it because it tasted good. The fact that it actually does slow down mucus prodution. It always made me feelbetter just because of the taste I never knew it actually did something, beside tasting good.

  • hadassahs-Fit
    3/10/2015 - 06:01 p.m.

    MISSING TWEEN TRIBUNE.
    This article was very interesting. I didn't know that chicken soup helps with some what of the body that is fighting off the virus. In my case i thought people were just saying to eat chicken soup because its light on the stomach and nothing really big. Chicken soup is good in anyway to eat and this article was very interesting in my opinion.

  • MerizaldeJoseph-DiB
    3/10/2015 - 06:44 p.m.

    I think chicken soup works when you are sick because of the protein in chicken and the broth is good for you to drink and is not to hard on your body when your sick

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    3/10/2015 - 07:06 p.m.

    I think that it is kind of cool to just eat a bowl of chicken soup that makes our body nice and warm, but on the other hand, chicken soup doesn't do any cure to fight off the sickness in our body because it only fills our belly if nice, warm soup and the nutritious things into our body. Well if chicken soups doesn't cure our body, it only makes your body nice and warm, even nutritious in our body.

  • SeabassK-5
    3/10/2015 - 07:37 p.m.

    This article is about if eating chicken noodle soup really helps with a cold. Like over-the-counter cold meds, chicken soup isn't going to cure your cold or even make it shorter, but it can probably reduce your symptoms, making you that much less miserable. The virus that's invaded your body and made you sick isn't to blame. You should be thanking your body for that. It's busy fighting off the intruder by sending white blood cells to the front lines. And lucky us, one of the side effects of this defense structure is a serious uptick in mucus.At the very least, chicken soup helps keep you hydrated and it fills your belly with nutritious, yummy veggies and other good stuff. It just might make you feel better. Why doesn't chinken noodle soup make you feel better? What slows down the mucus production?

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    3/10/2015 - 09:29 p.m.

    I do not eat chicken soup whenever I am sick. I just do what my mom tells me to do. I did not get a "major" sickness in such a long time, I do not know when the last time I got sick. What I mean by major is I only get minor sicknesses so I usually recover within the night. Major means that I do not recover in one night. I don't eat chicken soup so I do not know what it does.
    Critical thinking challenge: What are the helpful side effects of eating chicken soup?
    Answer: Chicken soup helps you become hydrated, fills your stomach with healthy vegetables, slows down mucus production, and gets existing muck to get out.

  • Katie5423
    3/10/2015 - 11:17 p.m.

    Learning that chicken soup actually does help you with a cold is a very interesting and surprising fact. I thought this was just something everyone did because they thought it helped. Now that I know that this actually works I will be buying more chicken soup for when I am sick.

  • Itswillinroom123
    3/10/2015 - 11:34 p.m.

    I find it very interesting that chicken noodle soup can make your symptoms go down. The immune system sends most of your white blood cells which regulate the mucus and other bodily functions. Also I didn't know that your body causes your mucus levels to rise. But I wonder what in the soup causes your symptoms to go down, maybe it's because the soup is so healthy.

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