9 Worst Foods to Eat when You're Sick ...

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Before you give in to your cold cravings, make sure you're not eating any of the worst foods to eat when you're sick.

Some foods actually aggravate cold and flu symptoms.

The last thing you want to do is make yourself feel worse.

Instead, reach for the standards such as soup, citrus fruits, crackers and ginger.

If you avoid the worst foods to eat when you're sick, you might just avoid a worse upset stomach.2

1. Sugary Treats

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One of the absolute worst foods to eat when you're sick is super sugary treats.

The higher the sugar level in a food, the worse you might feel.

While chocolate might be a great comfort food, it may do more harm than good when you're sick.

Too much sugar works against your immune system and may cause inflammation, making congestion worse.2

Opt for fruits or popsicles instead.

2. Milk

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While some aren't bothered by milk and other dairy products, others have found it makes their mucus thicker.

The best way to test this is to drink a small glass of milk and see how it affects you.

If you end up more stuffy or congested, lay off the dairy until you feel better.

Opt for water and broths in the meantime as they help thin mucus and are ideal for keeping you hydrated.

3. Fatty Foods

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Junk food should definitely stay off the menu while you're sick.

Any foods high in fat are much harder to digest.

The result is often a worse upset stomach or even stomach pain.

Since your body is already working overtime to deal with the illness, you don't have much energy to spare for difficult to digest foods.

If you're craving fatty foods, limit the amount you eat and mix in healthier options to aid in digestion.

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