With the flu season looming over us, I must touch on an slightly irritating common misconception. The chicken soup.
Hundreds of years ago people used to think an evil demon had possessed someone suffering of a cold, as a punishment for their ill deeds. Hundred of years from then, in the 21th century, people have modernised; we now believe chickens’ flesh have magical properties of curing the common cold. Hooray progress!
Oh wait… magic chickens? Well let’s see… this article finds a correlation between soup and decongestion. Soup, not chicken soup. Hence this article is misleading so I will discard it.
Now let’s go back to the human weakness we all have of being so easily misleaded by ‘facts’ which others have done for hundreds of years so they must be true. As J.S.Mill cleverly articulates, ‘He who does anything because it is the custom, makes no choice.’
So let’s make a choice today, to be healthy, compassionate, and Eco friendly! Let’s save this planet, yeh? And finishing on this note, how is that NY’s resolution coming along? Whether you don’t have one, or already broken the one you made, here’s a really good cause to work towards:
Chicken Soup Really Is Good for a Cold (aka SOUP is good for a cold)
- Mill, John Stuart, and John Gray. On Liberty and Other Essays. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2008
*P.S. on the food pyramid, where it says a B12 supplement is highly recommended, this simply means buy vegan milks (check the post on liquid heaven), vegan spreads (you can find at the butter isle) and yoghurts, and also fortified cereal! The one I suggest is Fruit and Fibre, which is bursting with vitamins! Kisses!