Debunking with Dr. D: Chicken Soup For the Soul?

Remember those wildly popular books, Chicken Soup for the Soul?  I remember reading those books when I was younger and thinking, “does stuff like that really happen?”  I wasn’t so sure.  Let’s be honest, some of those stories seemed like they could have been written by Nicholas Sparks!  I could have sworn I read “The Notebook” plot a time or two.  Then a few months ago I came across this story on NPR‘s website and realized, yes, those heart warming stories  that I used to read, are true and NPR can prove it!

In all seriousness, I thought it was a very tender story about a social worker who offered his coat to his teen mugger after he is robbed at knife point.  The reason?   Diaz, the man who was mugged answered saying, “I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s as simple as it gets in this complicated world.”  You have to read the story, especially if your consensus of human kindness is narrowing.

So how does this relate to this week’s latest debunk?  Well the statement was posed, “Chicken soup is good for the soul…who has a cold.”  True or False?

Dr. D weighs in.

TRUE! The ingredients in chicken soup were found to have some anti-inflammatory and mucous thinning effects.  Researchers at University of Nebraska tested several commercially available chicken soups as well as homemade batches and found that chicken soup actually slowed the infection fighting cells- called neutraphils which increase mucous.

For a delicious chicken soup recipe check out Tyler Florence.

To read more noteworthy stories click here.  Have you ever had a “Chicken Soup for the Soul” moment?  Tell us about it below.

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