We're still in the middle of cold-and-flu season. So, here's a hack you'll definitely want to try if you're fighting a cough. According to a new study, CHOCOLATE might be a better cough suppressant than actual cough medicine. Researchers in England took over 160 people with coughs and either gave them cough medicine with codeine, or a chocolate-based medicine called "Rococo." And two days later, the people who used the chocolaty stuff reported a "significant improvement" in their symptoms compared to the people who took normal cough medicine. A previous study found it might have to do with a certain alkaloid in chocolate that works as a cough suppressant. So does this mean that just EATING chocolate can help with a cough? We were expecting a letdown here . . . but apparently the answer is YES, it can. The researchers used a chocolate-based medicine in the study, but say that sucking on a piece of chocolate can help too. Things like hot chocolate and chocolate milk don't work as well though, because they don't come into contact with your throat for very long.
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