10 Cold and Flu-Preventing Winter Foods

Root veggies

Registered dietitian Michele Gilson, RD, of Kaiser Permanente in Colorado says vitamin C may reduce colds and relieve symptoms, making it a crucial food for winter.

Green tea

It has more health benefits than other caffeinated teas because the leaves are dried and lightly steamed, not fermented like other black teas.


Gilson recommends switching over your bowl of Cheerios for a bowl of oats this winter. A lot of zinc and soluble fiber may be found within.

Brussels sprouts

It's time to branch out and try some new kind of greens: Many of these veggies have remarkable curative and beneficial effects on the body. Try Brussels sprouts again, maybe.

Squash, butternut

As the snow falls and the temperature drops, butternut squash may be a lifesaver. According to Stucklen, this vegetable is rich in the vitamin A, potassium, and fiber your body needs throughout the winter. 



Kale salad is an alternative for Stucklen. The nutritional value of dark leafy greens often seen in salads will be delivered to you in this dish. Vitamins A, C, K, and E, as well as iron, calcium.


The fruit's powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories not only protect you from catching a cold, but they also help decrease blood pressure and cholesterol.


Lynn Anderson, a doctor of natural health and naturopathy specializing in aromatherapy, recommends choosing heat-producing foods like potatoes and yams.


The beta-carotene and fiber in pumpkin, says Maya Feller, RD, a registered dietitian and nutritionist in Brooklyn, New York, helps keep you from mindlessly munching in the wee hours of the night.


Feller says that avocados are a good option any time of year because they are necessary for making guacamole, go well with toast, and are adored by practically every health fanatic.

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