Q: “I never want to eat when I have a temperature, but my dad told me I should keep eating to help my body fight the virus. What’s the right thing to do?"
Sarah, via email
A: Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian Lisa Yates replies:
“The old wives’ remedy ‘feed a cold, starve a fever’ does have some truth to it. If you have a high fever it’s possible to become delirious and it’s never a good idea for someone to eat or drink if they are not completely conscious for risk of choking. However, your dad is also right: nutrition is key to helping your body recover from bacteria and viruses, as nutrients are key to a healthy immune system. So eat small regular meals from a variety of foods. Soups such as chicken and vegetable may help as they provide fluids (with a fever you may sweat excessively), are rich in nutrients and antioxidants from the vegies, and according to recent research, may even act as an anti-inflammatory to help boost your immune system.”