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Health Benefits and Recipe For Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is a healthy recipe that includes chicken, carrots, celery, onion and egg noodles. This soup recipe uses chicken broth and has ingredients that offer a lot of health benefits.

Chicken noodle soup is actually thought of as something that people tend to make on either a cold winter night or to help soothe symptoms of the common cold or a flue bug. Studies done by scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha showed that chicken noodle soup may have an anti-inflammatory effect that could relieve symptoms of certain illnesses temporarily. This study was done in the year 2000. There were other studies done to see if chicken noodle soup really does help relieve symptoms of the common cold. The studies have concluded that this really is not known for certain whether or not chicken noodle soup acts as an anti-inflammatory effect to relieve certain symptoms.

Some of the ingredients in chicken noodle soup are proven to have positive health benefits to them.

Carrots for instance, is an excellent source of antioxidants. Carrots are one of the most popular ingredients found in chicken noodle soup. Antioxidants help protect us against cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancers and helps promote good vision. Carrots are high in carotenoids which may help reduce the chance or risk of heart disease. Studies show that people who eat at least one serving of carrots each day, lower the risk of heart disease by 60%. Studies also show that eating at least one serving of carrots each day, can lower the risk of certain cancers such as breast, bladder, cervix, colon, prostate as well as certain other types of cancers. Carrots are low in calories but high in certain vitamins such as Vitamin A. Carrots are also a good source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, dietary fiber, potassium as well as other nutrients.

Onions are another popular ingredient added to chicken noodle soup. The healthiest portion of an onion is the outer layer of an onion. When peeling an onion, be sure to peel as little as possible to get the healthiest part of an onion. Onions are a good source of antioxidants. Onions are high in sulfur containing compounds. The sulfur compounds found in onions have cardiovascular benefits. The sulfur compounds in onions may help blood platelet cells from clotting or clumping. These sulfur compounds found in onions help lower blood levels of both the cholesterol and triglycerides. Eating onions along with other vegetables can help lower the risk of heart attacks. Onions can also help increase bone density as well as act as an anti-inflammatory. Onions can also lower the risk of certain different types of cancers.

Celery is a popular ingredient that is added to most chicken noodle soup recipes. Celery has several healthy nutrients in them including Vitamin K, Vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber and other nutrients. Celery is low in calories and is an excellent source of your diet intake. Celery can help lower cholesterol and the risk of certain types of cancer. Celery can help lower or reduce cold symptoms. The Vitamin C in celery helps reduce the cold symptoms in people that are suffering from colds.

It wouldn’t be chicken noodle soup without the most important ingredient. The chicken in chicken noodle soup has important health benefits in it. Chicken is an excellent source of protein. Boneless, skinless chicken has less saturated fat than chicken with skin on it. Therefore the chicken in chicken noodle soup is even healthier for us than eating a chicken leg since the skin is removed from the chicken when making chicken noodle soup. The protein in the chicken is healthy for us and helps reduce the chance of bone loss. Chicken also has important nutrients in it that helps reduce the chance of certain cancers. Niacin is an important healthy vitamin that help us in so many different ways. Niacin is helpful in both reducing the risk of cancer as well as helps protect us from Alzheimer’s disease.

These four ingredients are the healthiest ingredients in chicken noodle soup. To make a healthy pot of chicken noodle soup it is important to slowly bring the soup to a boil and then simmer the soup in a covered pot on a low setting.

To make a pot of chicken noodle soup, start off boiling a large pot of chicken broth. While you are waiting for the chicken broth to start boiling, clean the chicken thoroughly under cold water and season the chicken. After the chicken broth has come to a boil, add the chicken and boil either a whole chicken or chicken pieces for a half hour. Carefully, remove the chicken from the chicken broth and let it cool down so it is easier to cut the chicken up. Chop up an onion, carrots and celery and add these three ingredients to the pot and simmer on a low heat setting. Take off the skin if you are using a whole chicken or chicken pieces with skin and pull the chicken from the bone. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and add to it to the pot. Boil a bag of Reames Frozen Egg Noodles in a separate pan of water for 20-30 minutes. Rinse the egg noodles under cold water to remove the starch from them. Add the cooked egg noodles to the pot of chicken soup and continue simmering the soup on a low setting. You may add salt, pepper and basil. Simmer the soup on a low setting for at least one hour. You can simmer the chicken noodle soup longer if you want to get more of the chicken flavor in it.

Tip: If you have boiled a whole chicken or chicken pieces with the skin on, you can lower the fat by chilling the soup after you have cooked it and then skim off the top layer of fat. Chicken noodle soup is a low fat food with very healthy ingredients added to it such as carrots, onions, celery and chicken.

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Comments (15)

Now I know why chicken soup is so nutritional and healthy. Great recipe too.

Great information on chicken soup health benefits. There is even an added benefit of an included recipe.

Good information on the benefits of this soup.

I love homemade chicken noodle soup. I cook up a huge pot of it at least once a week to have with a dinner meal and then use the left over as part of my lunches. Sorry, no votes left today. Liked. Tweeted.

I love chicken soup but we put rice rather than noodles in it. Each to their own :D A fantastic, informative article :D

Great article on chicken soup, thanks.

Great article on chicken soup, thank you! Hmmm this makes me hungry!

Great article, sounds like a great soup, except for the celery, which i am not a fan of :)

Sweet! Such an old healing agent, but works.

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Nicely done! Yum...It's amazing how something so delicious can be good for you as well. Thanks for the recipe. Voted up!

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