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The Cure for a Cough?

Chocolate Squares I have written about the health benefits of chocolate before, and there was an article on the topic in yesterday’s Tribune, which you can read here. What surprised me was the mention of a 2004 study from Imperial College London that chocolate is 30% more effective than codeine in suppressing coughs. I had never heard that one before, but the study shows that theobromine, a chemical found inĂ‚ cocoa and known for its health benefits, works better for easing coughs – without any of codeine’s side effects.

So, if you’ve given up chocolate as part of a New Year’s resolution and are coughing away, you might think again! A chocolate bar with high cocoa content might just save you a trip to the chemist. Mind you, if you’re like me and such a resolution would be unthinkable – it’s simply yet another good excuse to keep munching.

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4 Responses to “The Cure for a Cough?”

  1. January 21st, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Sarah Bell says:

    Well there you go! That’s reason enough for me ;-)

  2. January 21st, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Tom says:

    Happy days: I feel a cough coming on!

  3. January 21st, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen says:

    Yes, chocolate is a great antioxidant! I would never dream of giving it up!

    I really am enjoying your blog. Good thing I live an ocean away from your shop, or I would be in real serious trouble – I am SUCH an ice cream addict!

  4. January 22nd, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Annie says:

    Ooo… intertesting!

    Kinda wish I hadn’t read this though, I have no willpower whatsoever and if it’s good for me…..

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