The Best and Worst Foods for Soothing a Sore Throat

Best Foods:

Bananas: Bananas are soft, non-acidic fruits that do not cause further irritation to the throat. Bananas are packed with vitamins such as potassium and vitamin C that may help improve the condition of the common cold. Bananas can also be mixed into a chilled and soothing fruit smoothie.

Cabbage: Cabbages provide anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to the body and can help to relieve a sore throat. In addition, cabbage contains several vitamins such as A, B, C, E, iron, and manganese.

Warm Broccoli Soup: It is necessary to steer clear of extremely hot liquids but warm soup can help ease the pain of a sore throat. In addition, broccoli has anti-inflammatory abilities that can help reduce swelling and difficulty swallowing.

Pomegranate: This fruit is one of the most antioxidant rich fruits on the planet. In addition, it can act as an astringent and can fight off infections. If you opt for pomegranate juice, make sure it’s 100% juice that hasn’t been mixed with sugar. Sugar can feed a bacterial infection and cause further problems.

Eggs: Eggs are soft and wont scratch or harm an already aching throat. In addition, eggs are packed with beneficial protein and omegas. Eggs are a filling and safe food to ingest while you are plagued with a sore throat.

Worst Foods:

Citrus Fruits: If your throat is irritated and scratched, juice from citrus fruits will only sting and cause more pain. Trade in these fruits for a less acidic option in order to protect your throat.

Dry Foods: Popcorn, dried cereals, chips, and other dry or crunchy foods will only prove difficult to swallow. They may scratch already tender sore throats and should be swapped out for soft or creamy foods. For instance, dried cereal can be exchanged for soft, warm and soothing oatmeal.

Spicy Foods: When your throat is inflamed and infected, spicy foods will only cause more pain over the long term. At first, spicy foods may seem to bring relief as endorphins rush to your sore throat when the spices touch your mouth. Unfortunately, this rush of relief will eventually wear off. Once the effect is gone, your sore throat will come back with a vengeance. It is best to avoid especially seasoned and spicy foods until your sore throat has healed.