Passover’s matzoh ball soup may be good for your health
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2009 — With the Jewish holiday of Passover beginning at sundown next Wednesday, April 8, a staple of the traditional dinner –– chicken soup with matzoh balls –– may take on medicinal importance based on findings published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
The popular home remedy for the common cold sometimes known as “Grandma’s Penicillin” may have a new role alongside medication and other medical measures in fighting high blood pressure, scientists in Japan are reporting.
Chicken legs and feet, often discarded as waste products in the
U.S. but key soup ingredients
elsewhere, appear to be a better source.
Given to rats used to model human high blood pressure, the proteins produced a significant and prolonged decrease in blood pressure, the researchers say.
As for the matzoh balls, those delicious dumplings made from ground, unleavened bread, there is no word that they cure anything except a healthy appetite.
-- News release courtesy of American Chemical Society
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