The Soup Cure
Chicken soup is almost always the remedy of choice for a cold or the flu. But does it really have curative powers? In 1999 researchers at Tel Aviv University declared that chicken soup should be classified as an essential drug. In a 2000 study, scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical Center foundthat chicken soup inhibits the movement of white blood cells, one of the causes of congestion and cough. Clinical studies need to be done, however, for the results to be conclusive. "All we can say now is that chicken soup is a placebo," says Manfred Kroger, a specialist in food science at Pennsylvania State University. "When you drink it, your body recognizes you're making an effort to cure yourself. It's mind over matter."