Now this is fun

Lord knows how true it is, or useful, but:

Chicken soup really could boost the health, according to a new study showing traditional broths may combat malaria.

The humble fare has long been offered to those battling flu and fevers, thanks to a belief in its powers of restoration.

More than 60 homemade broths brought in by an ethnically diverse group of children from a London primary school were found to interrupt the life cycle of the most deadly of the malarial parasites.

A range of soups, ranging from vegetable to beef and chicken, were found to have the power to interrupt the life cycle of Plasmodium falciparum, which causes 99 per cent of deaths from malaria and is transmitted through infected mosquitos.

Chicken soup is, of course, Jewish penicillin. But the usual thought is that it’s the care with which Granny makes it which leads to the cure – care and attention from loved ones does boost the immune system.

But to find that soup actually works – against malaria – is lovely.

19 comments on “Now this is fun

  1. Easy to digest, leaving the rest of you to fight infection.
    or
    More proof that placebos work. When can we get them on the NHS?

  2. I used to treat infants and toddlers, whose intestinal lining had been damaged by severe gastroenteris, with comminuted ie cooked so it was starting to break down into polypeptides, chicken broth thirty years ago. It saved lives of desperately ill and undernourished children.

  3. Tut, it wasn’t the chicken soup, it was the ethnic diversity. If a bunch of white cockney kids had brought it in it wouldn’t have worked.

    Proved by science.

  4. Rob, if Jewish kids had brought it in it would be a Zionist plot to undermine medical science.

    I miss my Bubbe’s chicken soup.

  5. Measure 56 things, and likely 23 will increase growth and 23 will decrease it. Most of them very trivially.

    Which appears to be what they found.

  6. Once a week I buy a rotisserie chicken and make a broth from the leftovers: chicken stock, onion, carrot, thyme. Makes me feel light and energetic.

  7. @ BiGiHK
    10 out of 56 neither increasing nor decreasing to an extent that can be measured is highly plausible – I thought that was what you meant.

  8. John, yeah, normal distribution etc, but I’m ruining my own point already.

    A plausible alternative is that all things plasmodium isn’t used to swimming around in are bad for plasmodium, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to administer them intravenously.

  9. @Jussi
    I use that stock to make risotto → two more meals from the same chicken.

    If I’m feeling a real skinflint, I make a chicken and leek pie with the leftover meat – five meals for two from one chicken, though you may get a bit fed up of chicken if you do that every week. 🙂

  10. John77
    Quite amusing comments. One of the authors clearly has a very thin skin – he’s already calling a reasonable commentator a troll.

  11. How well does this work: “Heinz No Added Sugar & 25% less salt
    Cream of Tomato Soup with sweetener from a natural source”?

    Asking for a friend.

    P.S. Chicken soup is no good at all. What you need is Cock-a-leekie.

  12. @Jussi @Chris

    Broth here too: as above plus barely, lentils, peas (sometimes beans too) etc and whatever veg in fridge. I make it thick/concentrated like Campbell’s Soup, then dilute as required. Saves fridge space and concentrate keeps longer as higher % salt

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