Updated 14 October 2015

Action point


We've all heard the saying "feed a cold and starve a fever", but is there any truth in it?

Researchers looked at the origin of the saying, then at the effect of eating and starving when you have a cold or the flu with a fever, and came up with ... not much either way.

Essentially they found that whether you eat or not has very little effect on the duration and severity of either colds or flu/fever. In fact, many don't want to eat at all when they feel ill, while others find comfort in tucking in.

So, what’s the best advice? Eat healthily when you feel like it to give your immune system the best chance of a quick recovery.

For the latest on flu jabs and cold remedies, visit the Cold & Flu Centre.


Live healthier

Looking younger »

Can maple leaves help you look younger?

New research has found that maple leaf extract can help you look years younger.

Killer foods »

Wild mushrooms a 'silent killer'

Health practitioners are warning people to stay away from wild mushrooms.