Chicken Noodle Soup has long been a staple for healing the sick. And it is true that the nutrients provided in the broth (as long as it is vegetable broth) and the vegetables have a powerful effect on the body in that it provides an abundance of vitamins and minerals which is like the body calling in back-up to help fight the invading germs. However, adding that chicken to the soup is not the wisest choice. And here are a few reasons why:
- If you buy factory farmed chicken, you are getting an animal that lives in over-stuffed cages filled with excrement. The cages are so crowded they barely have any room to move at all, let alone spread their wings. This stresses the chicken out, and just like humans, stress weakens the immune system. Sick birds receive antibiotics, traces of which end up on your dinner plate.
- A serving of chicken contains just as much cholesterol as red meat. (The egg contains 3x more)
- It is common industry practice to feed chickens arsenic order to make them grow faster, which is highly toxic to humans and can cause cancer, dementia, neurological problems, amongst other diseases.
- Chickens are “plumped” by having a saline solution injected into them. If you are trying to avoid a high-sodium diet, which you should, eating chicken will not help you achieve that.
- Chicken is void of antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber. It contains harmane (a neurotoxinwhich may cause tremors), heme iron, arachidonic acid, medications and pesticides, glycotoxins (which have been linked with increased rates of Alzheimer’s).
- You can’t “cook off” bacteria because even if you kill the bacteria in cooking, you consume the endotoxins (bacterial cell death). Once inside the body, natural defense cells recognize it as foreign. There is an almost immediate inflammatory response, compromising the immune system.
Chickpeas, on the other hand, are the perfect alternative to your noodle soup. They provide an abundance of phytonutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. As opposed to chicken, which is pro-inflammatory, chickpeas are anti-inflammatory, they drop C-reactive protein levels (a substance produced by the liver which increases the presence of inflammation), and eating beans (including lentils and split peas) has been shown to reduce colorectal polyps by 33%.
Bottom line, chicken causes damage in the body with every bite. More chicken, more damage. And if you are having chicken noodle soup to get well, then the addition of the chicken negates your efforts. It seems to cause more harm. Chickpeas cause no damage. In fact, they are healing and immune boosting.
So if you are under the weather and want a healthy dose of nutrients to bolster your immune system, skip the chicken noodle soup, and opt for the chickpea noodle soup instead. You won’t miss the chicken in this delicious soup!
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium onions, chopped
4 carrots, thinly diced
4 celery stalks, thinly diced
2 tsp ground thyme
8 cups organic (or homemade) vegetable broth
1 cup cooked chickpeas
8 oz gluten-free elbow pasta
Ground pepper, to taste
- Saute the garlic, onions, carrots, celery, and thyme in a large pot with a splash of veggie broth until soft.
- Add the broth and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, add the chickpeas and pasta and cook until the noodles are just cooked through (about 5-8 minutes). Top with ground pepper.