The silent killer on our ta­bles

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ES­THER COHEN

IT IS the cor­ner­stone of the Jewish diet. But star­tling new re­search has found that our pen­chant for chicken soup has for mil­len­nia been the un­known cause of many pre­vi­ously unattributed ill­nesses.

Stud­ies con­ducted at the worl­drenowned Aha­suerus Re­search and Sci­en­tific En­ter­prises labs have found that, far from help­ing with ail­ments as Jewish folk­lore has it, the chem­i­cal re­ac­tion brought about by cook­ing the large com­bi­na­tion of in­gre­di­ents that make a tra­di­tional chicken soup cause a va­ri­ety of un­di­ag­nosed ail­ments such as headaches, ir­ri­tabil­ity and fa­tigue.

Mordy Sil­ver­stein, lead re­searcher on the project, said: “The ev­i­dence is sur­pris­ing but very clear. It may be known as the Jewish peni­cillin but that’s only right in one re­spect: it is as harm­ful to the body as in­gest­ing mould.”

The find­ings of the re­searchers have been backed by other lead­ing sci­en­tists. Prof H Aman, of the

Tel Aviv Bi­o­log­i­cal In­sti­tute, said that a study in 1956 had hinted at a po­ten­tial prob­lem with chicken soup but that fund­ing had been cut as the idea was dis­missed as “self-ev­i­dently non­sense”.

He con­tin­ued: “Thanks to this ground-break­ing study, a va­ri­ety of ail­ments which many Jews have fre­quently com­plained of but which have been dis­missed by the med­i­cal fra­ter­nity — not to men­tion fam­ily and friends — are both real and the di­rect re­sult of con­sum­ing chicken soup.”

Pals Nams, a food hy­gien­ist, sug­gested that Jews should re­place chicken soup with Borscht (pic­tured). “There is no more healthy food around. The veg­eta­bles alone are won­der­ful, but the ad­di­tion of sour cream is what you might call the ic­ing on the cake.”

Stay away: new re­search shows chicken soup causes a va­ri­ety of ail­ments. Left: borscht

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