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Cold and flu season isn't quite over. If you're under the weather, Andronico's homemade soup is exactly what the doctor ordered! Folk wisdom touts chicken noodle soup as a healing dish for colds, nasal congestion and coughs. In a 2000 article in the journal Chest, scientists researched chicken soup's legendary effect on upper respiratory tract infections. Their tests detected some anti-inflammatory effect and concluded that chicken soup seems to have a positive therapeutic effect on mucous membranes. Traditional chicken soup contains celery, onions, carrots, pepper, salt, egg noodles, fresh chicken and fresh parsley in a clear broth. The hot broth helps clear nasal congestion, gives nourishment and improves hydration, which is important if you have a fever.
Nutritionists urge us to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day but it can be difficult to hit these targets. A bowl of soup is one excellent way to make sure you are getting at least two of those portions. A mixed vegetable or minestrone soup will also ensure you get a good mix of minerals, nutrients and phytochemicals - antioxidants found in plants that destroy harmful chemicals in your body. In terms of nutritional value, soups high in cream, butter, beef, and sodium (like bisques or cheddar broccoli) generally rate lower than broths and stews that emphasize legumes, lean meats, and fresh vegetables.
And, if you're looking to lose weight, soup may help! Have some brothy soup like chicken and barley with vegetables, paired with a salad. It's a high volume, low calorie meal with a lot of fiber, so it'll fill you up while keeping your calorie count on par for the day.