For hundreds of years, grandmothers have treated fever in the family as an excuse to cook up a warming broth. For the same amount of time, grandchildren have screwed up their noses when the result is put in front of them.
Now, in some cases, science has come down on the side of the grandmothers. Traditional remedies, researchers found, may even be powerful enough to combat malaria.
And unfortunately for their grandchildren, the broth for which there was some of the best-validated evidence of health-restoring properties is also the one for which there is the best- validated consensus on general disgustingness: cabbage soup.
The findings come from an investigation by Imperial College scientists, who worked with the children of Eden Primary School in north London.…