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Mom Was Right! Connections Between Chicken Soup And Winter Health

Feeling a little under the weather this winter? Research suggests chicken soup may be just what you need.

Bowl of chicken soup

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Feeling under the weather? Scientists say chicken soup is the way to go!

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Mom was right. When you have a cold, eating chicken soup can be an effective treatment. Research has shown that chicken soup acts as both an anti-inflammatory and a decongestant.

Scientists at the University of Nebraska tested the effectiveness of canned chicken soup versus homemade. While homemade soup may be tastier, they found that either type can help to ease your cold symptoms.

Do you have a great chicken soup recipe? Share it with us in the comments.

Read More: Cold remedies: What works, what doesn’t, what can’t hurt (

Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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