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Chicken soup and sickness

Chicken soup has been a popular home remedy for the common cold since at least the 12th century. Eating chicken soup while you have a cold will not do you any harm, but it will not cure your cold. Drinking warm liquids such as soup may give you relief from your symptoms for a short time. The steam from chicken soup may open up congested noses and throats. Soup also provides fluid, which thins mucus and helps prevent dehydration.

References

Moore, SW. Calcium-enhanced osteoporosis diet. In: Moore SW, ed. Griffith's Instructions for Patients. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA; Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap C.

Update Date 11/2/2014