With the endless days of frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing, a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup is sure to warm the soul.
Jay Rissover MD, and internist with Blue Ash Internal Medicine, and Tina Miller, a chef at Bethesda North Hospital, talk about the health benefits of chicken noodle soup with Local12’s Liz Bonis, during an Ask the Expert segment.
Tina says chicken soup should start with ingredients that are a powerful prescription for good health, which will help create a delicious soup. "Carrots, celery and onion, garlic, which have fantastic health benefits, and then I used fresh herbs,” Tina explains. “I used fresh thyme and fresh parsley."
The benefits in the ingredients above come in the form of phytochemicals — nutrients in the colors, scents, flavors and textures — which we all will need to help fight off what is currently going around.
"I think we've hit our peak of flu season in the past few weeks," notes Dr. Rissover.
Dr. Rissover coordinates the Wise Temple Brotherhood Chicken Soup Cookoff each year. He says the medicinal benefits of soup are no secret, especially when it comes to opening the sinuses.
"There's something in the soup that causes the mucus to get out of your system," Dr. Rissover says. “Not only that, it's cost effective and maybe even infection fighting by stopping the movement of white blood cells in the body.”
"White blood cells are the things that produce cytokynes, the inflammatory components things that make you teary, give you a runny nose, make you cough," Dr. Rissover explains.
The next time you enjoy a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup, you're not only warming your body, but your soul as well.