What to Eat When You Have a Cold

The Daily Meal 1/23/14

When the common cold strikes (as it tends to do this time of year), as the saying goes, you should "feed a cold and starve a fever," right? Or is it "feed a fever and starve a cold"? Either way, there are a whole host of foods that are hugely helpful when we get sick, and we’re not just talking about chicken soup. We’ve rounded up 10 foods that you should definitely seek out next time you feel yourself coming down with a cold.

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Think about it: everyone knows that you should load up on vitamin C when you’re sick. You could either take a vitamin supplement, or you can eat citrus fruits, which are loaded with the vitamin. But there are lots of other vitamins and minerals that are essential for shortening a cold, and they can all be found in everyday foods.

So the next time you feel a cold coming on, there’s no need to reach for the drugs if you know where to look. When we’re sick, we need to load up on the healthy stuff, including omega-3 fatty acids, protein, probiotics, antioxidants, and vitamin A, and certain easily obtainable foods are loaded with these.

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