Jen McDaniel: Foods to Help Prevent the Cold and Flu

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(STLMoms) — The flu is on everyone’s mind these days with cases constantly on the rise. Academy of Nutrition and Dietitics Spokesperson Jen McDaniel explained Thursday morning some cold and flu fighting food.

  • Chicken soup – Why it`s a cold/flu fighter: When you have a cold or the flu, a major symptom includes congestion in the nose, chest, and throat.
  • Green tea/honey – Grandmothers may not be surprised by this, but a study, published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, found that buckwheat honey may reduce cough by coating and soothing an irritated throat.
  • Garlic – Why it`s a cold/flu fighter: Garlic contains compounds, which gives it the characteristic odor and provide its antioxidant properties.
  • Yogurt/Kefir
  • Vitamin C Rich Food – Strawberries, Oranges, Sweet Red Peppers, Broccoli

Some studies in adults have shown that taking high doses of Vitamin C daily may significantly reduce cold and flu symptoms.