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There's nothing like a big pot of soup simmering on the stove to provide much needed warmth during cold winter days. If your winter-time comfort food is leaving behind an unwanted bitter taste, don't distress; there's an easy explanation and an even easier fix.

Looking for a way to fend off those winter colds and coughs? Try adding these five immunity boosting herbs to your soups and other recipes.

To cut the bitter taste, add 1 tsp. of either brown or white sugar to the pot. Or, if you prefer a less refined sweetener use honey. These additions work to reduce the bitterness of coffee and do the same for soups made bitter by their ingredients, especially green vegetables or tomatoes.

Stir the soup, with the added sweetener, and allow it to simmer for five more minutes. Taste it again.

If the soup is still not to your liking, continue adding 1 tsp. of sweetener at a time and wait five minutes before tasting.

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Aline Lindemann is a health, food and travel writer. She has also worked as a social worker, preschool teacher and art educator. Lindemann holds a Master of Liberal Studies in culture, health and creative nonfiction writing from Arizona State University.