The #1 Unexpected Food To Eat If You Have Omicron, Says Doctor

Omicron numbers are still spiking—and a lot of people are getting sick. Thankfully, for those who are vaccinated and boosted, symptoms for this variant are relatively mild. World Health Organization officials say that Omicron causes “milder symptoms” compared to previous variants—symptoms living in the upper part of the body versus sitting in the lungs, which causes a higher risk of death. However, while symptoms are milder, one of the more common symptoms Omicron patients tend to have includes an extremely sore throat, making it nearly impossible to desire any kind of food.

“With Omicron the throat is so sore, it’s as though you have strep throat,” says Robert G. Lahita MD, Ph.D. (“Dr. Bob”), Director of the Institute for Autoimmune and Rheumatic Disease at Saint Joseph Health and author of Immunity Strong. “Even liquids hurt.”

With an extremely sore throat, it seems only natural to want to reach for soft foods and liquids that go down easy. Broths and protein shakes are healthy recommendations to reach for and, according to Dr. Bob, you can also add ice cream to the list.

“If you don’t have diabetes, [eat] ice cream,” says Dr. Bob. “Something that will go past your [your throat] in an easy way.”

While it may sound unconventional for a doctor to be recommending a sweet dessert for you to eat, Dr. Bob’s advice is backed with very specific reasons that can actually keep your body healthy during your bout of sickness.

[It] provides you with glucose and also protein, so you will be able to at least keep some weight on,” says Dr. Bob.

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ice cream does provide your body with a good amount of protein in

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