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Chocolate fights cough better than codeine, says Science



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Good news for Chocoholics. The next time you have a coughing attack, just take a piece of your favorite treat and you'll get all the cough suppressant effects of codeine syrup without the washed-out side effects. That's how it works (Related: Why you really cough after a hard workout)

Sweet Science

Professor Alyn Morice, a respected authority on cough and respiratory medicine, wrote in the Daily Mail that chocolate can better relieve coughs Codeine syrup by forming a sticky coating that protects the nerve endings in your throat that cause coughing.

The viscosity of the molten chocolate coating also allows cough-suppressing ingredients that are naturally present in cocoa to come in contact with your devastated neck nerves. Calm them, says Professor Morice.

Are you suffocating your cough with delicious chocolate without the sleepy side effects of Codeine? It's almost enough to welcome the winter.

How about hot chocolate?

Will drinking a cup of hot chocolate have the same effect as suppressing the cough? Sorry, no. As warm and warm as the hot chocolate may be, the diluted chocolate solution does not have enough long-term contact with the nerves in the throat to be effective. According to Professor Morice, it is better for you to suck a piece of chocolate and slowly let it melt to coat your neck. We would add that we make a piece of dark chocolate if you want to take advantage of the natural benefits of natural antioxidants.

Life Imitates Art

Of course, Harry Potter fans know that chocolate is good for what ails you. In "The Prisoner of Azkaban," Professor Lupine challenges Harry to eat chocolate after meeting with evil Dementors on the train to Hogwarts. "Eat," he says as he gives Harry a ginormous chocolate bar. "You will feel better."

And now it turns out that chocolate is the best remedy for something that is much more common than a Dementor attack. #AccioChocolate

This story was originally published on AllRecipes.com by Vanessa Greaves.


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