Myths and Facts: What to eat when you’re sick

What to eat when you're sickIt can happen to any of us: sniffles, aches, sore throat… the winter cold. And along with it comes advice on what to eat when you’re sick (or, what to avoid!). Here are three common cold nutrition ideas, debunked.

#1: You should avoid dairy when you’re sick

Myth. Unless you have a milk allergy or lactose intolerance, there’s no reason to avoid dairy. Protein is a key nutrient, and dairy is a great source for your daily dose. Try our Corn Chowder or Strawberry Smoothie recipes.

#2: Feed a cold, starve a fever

Fact. Well, partly. Eating nutrient dense foods will help your body repair from damage that may occur, but when you have a fever your body is working in overtime to regulate its temperature. You need to eat calories, not restrict them, to fight off the bug. And because your body is so warm, you run the risk of dehydration so stay hydrated with water, tea, or juice. Broth-based soups, like Cauliflower Potato, and fruit pops are also hydrating.

#3: Vitamin C will help prevent a cold

Myth. While vitamin C does help immune system functions, there is no evidence that overloading on it will prevent or alleviate a cold. There’s no harm in adding more vitamin C-containing foods to your diet since most of them are fruits and vegetables (and we are all for adding more of those around here!). Citrus, bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli, and kale are just a few options. The simple Citrus Soother and Portuguese Kale Soup both are good choices, plus they can help soothe a sore throat.

Feel better soon!

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