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What makes chicken soup good for colds?
Chicken soup is medicine, U.S. scientists confirm October 17, 2000
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WASHINGTON -- Scientists say they have confirmed what grandmothers have known for centuries -- that chicken soup is good for colds. Chicken soup -- as made by grandma -- contains several ingredients that affect the body's immune system, a team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center found. Specifically, it has anti-inflammatory properties that could explain why it soothes sore throats and eases the misery of colds and flu, Dr. Stephen Rennard and colleagues said Monday. "Chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity," the researchers wrote in their report, published in the journal Chest. "My wife was making chicken soup one year for the Jewish holidays and we were talking about its effects on colds," Rennard, a specialist in pulmonary medicine, said in a telephone interview. "I said 'well, maybe it has some anti-inflammatory effect,' and she said 'really?' and I said 'why not?' and I said maybe we could find out in the lab." As it turned out, Rennard's lab was well-suited to making such tests. "In the lab we study inflammation and injury and repair mechanisms in the lung as related to asthma and emphysema and so on," he said. So Rennard's wife Barbara Rennard made up a batch of her grandmother's chicken soup, which includes chicken, onions, sweet potato, parsnips, turnips, carrots, celery stems, and parsley. Rennard said his wife added no salt but did include matzo balls, a kind of dumpling. Then they ran laboratory tests. Not only did they test the soup as a whole, but they separated out the components. "These tests were in the laboratory and it doesn't test (chicken soup) clinically in colds," Rennard stressed. Neutrophil movement stopped They found that chicken soup and many of its ingredients helped stop the movement of neutrophils -- white blood cells that eat up bacteria and cellular debris and which are released in great numbers by viral infections like colds. Neutrophil activity can stimulate the release of mucous, which may be the cause of the coughs and stuffy nose caused by upper respiratory infections such as colds. "All the ingredients were found to be inhibitory, including the boiled extract of chicken alone," they wrote. Rennard said vitamins and other agents in the ingredients could, plausibly, have biological action. The researchers also went to the store and bought 13 different commercial brands of soup to test. "About a third of them were more active than grandma's soup," Rennard said, adding that he could not remember which kinds of soup they were. "One or two of them had very little activity at all. Vegetarian vegetable soup had some activity." To be safe, they also tested plain Omaha tap water which, to their relief, had no effect. "If tap water were active, that would be disturbing in a number of ways," Rennard said. Some researchers have suggested in the past that perhaps the steam from the soup, or the chicken fat, may play a role in soothing inflamed airways. Rennard said this was possible. He also said there could be a "TLC" (tender, loving care) factor. "If you know somebody prepared soup for you by hand, that might have an effect," he said. Rennard said he had no immediate plans to test chicken soup any further. "I have no doubt that generations from now, people will read this and the only thing of interest will be the recipe," he said. "It really is good soup."
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Ingredients 1 boneless chicken breast half, cooked and diced 2 cups water 2 carrots, chopped 1 zucchini, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon chicken broth base Direction…s Put cooked chicken meat and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the carrots, zucchini and garlic and simmer all together for 5 to 10 minutes. Add the chicken broth and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Serve.
You don't - industrial manufacturers do. What you can do is make "Cream of Chicken Soup" or something similar, and let it simmer until it is the thickness and consiste…ncy that you want. You must be careful when simmering thick liquids not to let the bottom burn. Keep stirring while it evaporates and you should be alright. * 1 large chicken * 1 small knuckle of veal (optional) * 3 quarts of chicken stock or water * 1/4 pound of rice * 1 bunch of parsley * 1 clove garlic * 1/2 teaspoonful of celery seed * 1 cup of whipping or heavy cream * salt and pepper to taste Put the chicken, veal and rice into 3 quarts of water, And a bouquet-garni of with, parsley, garlic, and the celery seed, tied in a cheesecloth bag. Boil gently until the chicken is thoroughly done, skimming any 'scum' from the surface while it is boiling. Take out the veal bone, and chop the chicken and fully cooked rice coarsely in a food processor or blender, moistening it with a little of the stock. Return the chicken and rice mixture to the stock, season with salt and pepper, * At this point you can simmer for as long as you need to get the consistency right. Just before serving, add the cream and heat thoroughly, but do not boil. = = = You can use a cooked chicken if you have a lot of meat left on it., but it won't take as long to boil, and it won't need skimming. If you have them, add the giblets and neck to the cheesecloth bag for extra falvour, but don't include their meat in the final soup.
Yes ... but not in a specific way. It turns out that chicken soup is highly nutricious and easy to digest, whenever you are healing from almost anything, your body n…eeds energy plus amino acids for rebuild - turns out chicken soup is great ... but not unique.
Chicken soup does warm people up when they have a cold. And it can really help a cold. My mom made me chicken soup when I had a really bad cold. The next day I was almos…t completely well again. You should really try it.
The nutrients from the vegetables and the protein from the chicken :)
No. this is a big fat myth in fact it just makes your sore throat worse- if you want to really get rid of a cold-not just kill the pain and muddle through, you need a serious …vitamin C boost, Try Zicam if you are within your first or seccond day of a cold Zicam WILL get rid of it. In adition to Zicam Drink as much orange juice as you can possible drink (try Trop 50 its low in sugar so it wont hurt your throat) plenty of low sugar Gatarade, AND take plenty of EmergenC (or any other brand of immunity boosting vitamin C drinks or powders) also if you are trying to stop that sore thoat that hurts when you swallow, Do Not Drink ANYTHING with more then like 100millagrams of sodium (this REALLY hurts you throat instead of helping it) And try to keep from drinking sugary drinks (This too will be like sandpaper on your throat) Do these things and you should and probably will be Cold Free within a day (2 at the most). (These things have kept myself my parents and my 5 brothers and sisters cold free for as long as I can remember:)
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How to make chicken noodle soup from scratch:Rinse chicken thoroughly.Add whole, raw, chicken to stock pot along with the water, onion, carrot, celery leaves, dried thyme, pep…per and garlic cloves.Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 ½ hours until chicken is thoroughly cooked.When done, remove chicken from pot.Strain liquid.When chicken is cooled, debone and cut chicken meat into small pieces.Put strained liquid back into stock pot.Add chicken, celery, tomatoes, onions, carrots to broth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.Bring to a boil then turn heat to simmer until vegetables are done to suit your taste (approximately 1 hour).Add 2 heaping tablespoons of Better than Bouillion chicken paste for added flavor.Add frozen peas and parsley.Just before serving, add pre-cooked pasta.Makes approximately 16 cups of soup. CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP 1 chicken (about 4 pounds), cut up 4 quarts water 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth 5 celery ribs, coarsely chopped, divided 4 medium carrots, coarsely chopped, divided 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped, divided 2/3 cup coarsley chopped green pepper, divided 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided 1 bay leaf 2 teaspoons salt 16 ounces uncooked medium noodles In a large kettle, combine the chicken, water, broth, half the celery, carrots, onions, and green peppers, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2-1/2 hours or until chicken falls off the bone. Remove chicken from the broth. When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and discard the bones and the skin. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Strain the broth and skim the fat off. Return the broth to the kettle. Add the remaining salt, onion, celery, carrots, green pepper, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add noodles and chicken. Cover and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes or until noodles are tender.
Slow cook 3 chicken breast halves in 7 cups of chicken broth. Add one cup of carrots and one small onion(quartered). Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, pepper, and onion powder. let it… cook until chicken is 15 minutes from being done (about one hour). Add 1 cup of rice, let it cook for 10-20 minutes or until the rice is done.
Chicken noodle soup is a good source of nutrition - chicken, vegetables, noodles, water, fat, etc. since it is usually consumed as a steamy, warm liquid, it can help clear… up clogged sinuses. There has also been some studies that suggest that chicken noodle soup, unlike other soups, contained some as yet unidentified component that actually helps shorten the time you are sick with the common cold.
it doesn't, However it just helps in keeping a person that is sick hydrated and it does have the effect of making them feel a little better.
Well in fact it is good for you, and it helps you when you are sick. But don't have TOO much! ;) Since it's usually low in fat and contains vegetables (at least the homemade… kind) it's very good for you.
Not very creative, I know, but good old grilled cheese is the way to go. Any kind of toasted bread would be good for that matter..
It sure does! Ever hear of Italian Wedding soup? I make something just like that. I make chicken soup, add a handful or two of spinach and I make tiny meatballs and after …I bake them in the oven, I add them to the soup. It is wonderful! You can also use escarole insted of spinach. Hope this helps You'll never know until you try. Yes, if you like spinach. But spinach tastes bitter when over-cooked so add right before serving. A hot pot of soup will cook spinach in about 30 seconds to 2 min. I love spinach and I put it in all my soups, but I usually just add it to my bowl because most of the people I know are not all that fond of this delicious food. Greens can add a nice texture to your soup as well as glam up the presentation. There's always the option of leaving the spinach on the side and allowing guests to add it as a garnish.. as long as the soup is served very hot (preferably in a soup tureen and then ladled into individual bowls so that guests have the opportunity to place the spinach in the bottom and pour the hot soup over top thus wilting the greens). Experiment with other greens too such as arugula which will impart a stronger flavor or turnip greens for a southern feel. Green beans are another great addition to chicken soup if you are looking to add a nice "green veggie" to your comfort food. You can use canned or fresh. If you are using fresh green beans you will want to add them closer to the beginning of your soup so they have time to cook and soften (personally I like using fresh the best because they are inexpensive when in season and if you don't add them too early they stay nice and al dente and fresh tasting). If using canned green beans try to go for ones that say "no salt added" this way you can control how much salt goes into your soup when you season it yourself later. Don't use canned spinach!
About 50 cans from a 4lb chicken