Referred to by many as "the Jewish penicillin," chicken soup has scores of believers. People of all ethnicities, but especially of Jewish descent, have faith in its power to cure colds. Frank: Lots of scientific studies show the benefits of vegetable- and protein-rich soups. The hot liquid produces vapors that clean out the sinuses, the chicken produces fat that "settles the stomach and makes you feel full," and the vegetables bring key vitamins, she said. "If Bubbe says it's good for a cold, it has to be."
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