The common cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). It’s usually harmless, although it might not feel that way. Many types of viruses can cause a common cold. Children younger than six are at greatest risk of colds, but healthy adults can also expect to have two or three colds annually. Most people recover from a common cold in a week or 10 days. Symptoms might last longer in people who smoke.
Clipart of a man having Common Cold | Image Source: Pinterest
We were having a discussion in our community about the myth of avoiding consuming CURD during cold and fever. We hear so many advises, home remedies, tips for prevention and treatment of fever, cough and cold that bewilders and ultimately we end up doing nothing due to fear of harming ourselves. Myths surrounding foods and ailments are always not true except for a few genuine home remedies.
Curds are a dairy product obtained by coagulating milk in a process called curdling. There is a belief among some members of the public that the consumption of milk and dairy products increases the production of mucus in the respiratory system. Therefore, some who believe in this effect renounce drinking milk. Some studies in Australia experimented on this specific topic. They took few people randomly who are infected with common cold virus and made them to consume milk and dairy products like curd, yogurt etc. They considered several parameters for mucus production in the respiratory system. In individuals inoculated with the common cold virus, milk and curd intake was NOT associated with increased nasal secretions, symptoms of cough, nose symptoms or congestion. According to different investigations the consumption of milk and other dairy products does not seem to exacerbate the symptoms of cold or asthma.
Therefore, Common Cold do not get worsened by eating Curd.
The best way to give curd when infected with cold is season it with Cumin Seeds, Curry Leaves and Ginger. Ginger Powder can be added to Milk and available in local stores.
Yogurt, which is a dairy product helps fighting cold. Because of its nutritional value, yogurt may offer some relief for your cold symptoms by providing your body with the nutrition it needs. It may also provide additional health benefits due to its probiotic content. These live, friendly bacteria can aid immune system function to give you that added edge for fighting your cold.
Yogurt | Image Source: Wikipedia
This post is just an opinion out of a research and not to be followed as medical advice.
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- Milk consumption does not lead to mucus production or occurrence of asthma by Wüthrich B, Schmid A, Walther B and Sieber R (Allergy Unit, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland.) in NCBI.
- Can I Give Curd, Banana, Milk during Cold , Cough & Fever to my Baby ? in mylittlemoppet.com
- Featured Image Source: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Best Foods To Fight Irritable Bowel Syndrome by Sobiya N Moghul on April 1, 2013 in indiatimes.com.