Why is Soup So Good When You’re Sick?

Soup is Good for You

Winter time is usually associated with winter illnesses like colds and flu. We may load up on vitamins or certain dietary supplements which claim to protect us from winter sicknesses, but most of us end up with at least a cold during the winter months. And even though advances in medical science come and nutritional fads go, we keep on eating soup to get better when we’re sick. It’s been this way for centuries… but why?

Bloody Good, Bloody Mary Mix Recipe

Bloody Mary mix recipe

Move over Mimosa, the Bloody Mary is considered America’s most popular alcoholic drink for brunch. Score this as another victory for Umami!

Let’s toast to the Bloody Mary for better health… the tomato juice in the Bloody Mary contains less sugar than the Mimosa’s orange juice, and 25 fewer calories than the Mimosa’s 150 (for a 4 oz. drink). Tomatoes contain the electrolytes sodium and potassium, the antioxidant vitamin C, and a lot of vitamins, such as lycopene and vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 in particular is one of the few remedies to have been shown to reduce the effects of hangovers. Tomatoes are also a rich source of glutamate (an amino acid), providing the desired umami taste. Maybe the drink should be called the Umami Cocktail?

Tomato juice, of course, provides the savory, sweet and slightly tart base upon which the rest of the drink is built. But the add-ons are what make this drink so good.

The New U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Sodium: What about MSG?

Lower Sodium

Did you know that 90 percent of all Americans eat too much sodium in their daily diets? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),“Most adults and children in the United States exceed the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendation for dietary sodium.”

Because sodium is found in so many foods, careful choices are needed in all food groups to reduce intake. The top sources of sodium in the U.S. diet include breads and rolls, deli meats, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, cheese, rice and pasta dishes, seafood dishes, meat mixed dishes (such as meatloaf with tomato sauce), and savory snacks.

Soup-er Ways to Love Umami Even More

umami soup

I first learned about “umami” at a national meeting of the American Dietetic Association (now Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). Umami was such a funny-sounding word, but I liked what it referred to. An indescribable deliciousness or “mouth-filling” flavor

12 Holiday Party-Perfect Appetizer and Side Dish Recipes

Holiday Party Appetizers

Looking for holiday party food ideas? Look no further!

These holiday party appetizer recipes will have your guests swarming – and staying – around the snack table. Whether you’re hosting your own holiday gathering or bringing a dish to share at a friend’s party, there’s always a need for holiday party food!

The MSGdish partiers have assembled 12 of our favorite holiday appetizer and side dish recipes that we would like to share with you.