Chicken soup is magical. It’s a home remedy for colds and the flu, and is the perfect comfort food on a rainy day. The soup’s steam can help relieve congestion, while the hot broth feels great if your throat is sore.
Here are a couple of fun facts:
- Some chicken soup ingredients inhibit neutrophil migration, which can have an anti-inflammatory effect that could ease illness symptoms.
- Chicken soup contains cysteine, an amino acid similar to acetylcysteine, which is a medication for patients with respiratory infections (e.g. bronchitis).
Of course, chicken soup’s health benefits would depend on what ingredients you use. If you eat the canned variety, don’t expect to enjoy such benefits. Which is why this week, we’re making one using fresh ingredients.
Here’s what you’ll need.
- 1 whole, 3-pound chicken
- 4 carrots, halved
- 1 large onion, peeled and halved
- 4 stalks celery, halved
- Cold water
- Salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon granules (optional)