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Bad cough? Try some chocolate – a study says it may work better than codeine

January 15, 2019 - 1:03 pm

LONDON (1010 WINS) -- Battling a nasty cough? Chocolate may be the best medicine.

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A research group at the University of Hull in Yorkshire, England conducted a study with 163 people. They randomly prescribed the patients codeine or a chocolate-based medicine called ROCOCO for their coughs.

Researchers say patients on the chocolate-based meds reported more improvement over two days than those on cough-syrup.

“This proves that a new medicine which contains cocoa is better than a standard linctus,” study author Alyn Morice said.

Morice said the study isn't the first of its kind, and that the properties of cocoa help with irritation and inflammation.

“This simply means it is stickier and more viscose than standard cough medicines, so it forms a coating which protects nerve endings in the throat which trigger the urge to cough,” Morice explained. “This demulcent effect explains why honey and lemon and other sugary syrups can help, but I think there is something more going on with chocolate.”

The authors say simply sucking on a piece of chocolate may be enough to alleviate symptoms.