9 Foods You Should Eat If You Have A Sore Throat

So what can you eat if you have a sore throat?

Coconut Oil

Warm Water With Honey

It could reduce inflammation.


Garlic contains anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it ideal for those who suffer from a sore throat. For instance, you can make some garlic bread, add garlic powder to your smoothie, or make a pasta sauce topped with fresh garlic.


It contains antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties that could suppress staphylococcus, candida albicans, and E coli. It could also help in easing the discomfort and pain due to sore throat.

Mashed Potatoes

Warm Tea with Ginger, Garlic, and Honey

Ginger and garlic have anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe the discomfort caused by sore throat. It can also boost your immune system.

Green Tea

Green tea offers a lot of health benefits and that includes warding off symptoms of sore throat.


Soup is always on top of the list. Even though any soup can be consumed, most people like less thick and clearer soup when they’re not feeling well because they’re easier to swallow.

Macaroni and Cheese

Just like mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese is easy to swallow plus, they’re filling too.

Foods to Avoid If You Have A Sore Throat

Fatty foods

Citrus Foods

Acidic foods like grapefruit, lemons, limes, tomatoes, and oranges may cause throat irritation, which could worsen your condition. What you need to consume instead are fruits that have a soothing effect to your throat. These include bananas, kiwis, melons, as well as peaches.

Spicy Foods

You should avoid eating spicy foods including hot sauce, chilli powder, curry, nutmeg, peppers, and cloves because they can worsen your sore throat. Instead of these, you can improve the flavour of your dishes by adding fresh ginger.

Crunchy Foods

Foods that have a rough texture like dry toast, granola, and uncooked vegetables could scratch the back of your throat and make you feel uncomfortable. Choose foods that can be easily swallowed like yogurt, soup, mashed potatoes, ice cream, casseroles, and smoothies.

Symptoms of Sore Throat

The symptoms of sore throat vary but most of them include:

  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Inflamed tonsil, glands in your neck
  • Muffled or hoarse voice
  • White patches on the tonsils
  • Pain sensation in the throat
  • Cough, fever
  • Runny nose, sneezing
  • Body malaise
  • Headache
  • Vomiting

Cause of Sore Throat

Most sore throats are caused by viruses. Viral illnesses that comes with sore throat include common cold, measles, influenza, chickenpox, and whooping cough.

Risk Factors

Anyone could get a sore throat but there are some risk factors that could make a person more susceptible. These include age, allergies, chronic sinus infections, weak immunity, and exposure to chemical irritants.

Preventing Sore Throat

When To See A Doctor

Bring your child to a doctor if he or she is suffering from severe signs and symptoms like difficulty swallowing or breathing, or unusual drooling.



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