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Foods to Eat With Strep Throat

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August McLaughlin is a certified nutritionist and health writer with more than nine years of professional experience. Her work has been featured in various magazines such as "Healthy Aging," "CitySmart," "IAmThatGirl" and "ULM." She holds specializations in eating disorders, healthy weight management and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her second cookbook and Weight Limit—a series of body image/nutrition-related PSAs.
Foods to Eat With Strep Throat
Fluids and soft, soothing foods may help ease strep throat symptoms. Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes a sore throat and flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills and aches. Strep is most prevalent in children ages 5 to 15, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. It can also affect adults. Symptoms typically arise within five days of exposure to the bacteria and may dissipate on their own. However, doctors usually prescribe antibiotics to prevent rare and serious complications. Proper rest and eating appropriate foods may help reduce your symptoms.

Cold Fluids

Foods to Eat With Strep Throat
Cold fluids, such as water and juice, may help ease throat pain while promoting hydration. Photo Credit Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Getty Images

Cold fluids, such as water and juice, may help ease throat pain while promoting hydration. Drinking plenty of fluids also helps keep your throat lubricated, which eases swallowing, according to Familydoctor.org. Other cold, hydrating options include ice chips, which you can suck on; popsicles; gazpacho, a chilled vegetable soup; and chilled gelatin. You can also create your own frozen treats by placing small containers of fruit juice or yogurt in your freezer.

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Warm Fluids

Foods to Eat With Strep Throat
Warm fluids may also soothe throat pain. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Warm fluids may also soothe throat pain, according to UMMC, which describes lemon or honey tea as a "time tested" remedy. Additional options include hot cocoa, warm milk and soups. Add vegetables to your broth for increased antioxidants, which promote a strong-functioning immune system, and chicken or beans for protein, which promotes tissue repair and physical strength.

Soft Starches

Foods to Eat With Strep Throat
Starches, such as bread, cereal, pasta, rice and potatoes, provide glucose -- your body's main dietary source of energy. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Starches, such as bread, cereal, pasta, rice and potatoes, provide glucose -- your body's main dietary source of energy. Varieties that are "easy on a sore throat" include cooked cereal and mashed potatoes. Additional options include well-cooked enriched pasta, instant or white rice, soft tortillas, soft breads and mashed sweet potatoes.

Soft Proteins

Foods to Eat With Strep Throat
Choose easy-to-digest, bland protein sources over spicy, high-fat or crispy sources, which may worsen inflammation and pain. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

Choose easy-to-digest, bland protein sources over spicy, high-fat or crispy sources, which may worsen inflammation and pain. Examples include scrambled eggs or egg whites, low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese, skinless chicken breasts and tofu. Eat soft protein sources on their own or added to other foods, such as soups and soft-bread sandwiches or tortilla wraps. Low-fat milk -- including cow's, nondairy and soy varieties -- also provide protein.

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