Could the Best Medicine for a Cough be Chocolate? New Study Says Yes

posted: 10/13/17
by: Amanda Mushro


This time of year, it seems like everyone around you has a runny nose and a cough that won't go away. Instead of grabbing cough medicine or sipping hot tea to ease that cough, you should be reaching for chocolate. Yes chocolate!

Professor Alyn Morice from Hull University in the United Kingdom is a self-proclaimed 'coughing expert' as well as the founding member of the International Society for the Study of Cough. According to Morice's studies, he claims that cocoa--which is the plant base that chocolate is made from- is actually better for soothing those pesky coughs than typical cough medicines.

"Chocolate can calm coughs," Professor Morice tells the The Daily Mail. "I know that might sound like something out of Mary Poppins, but as an independent clinician who has spent years researching the mechanism of cough, I can assure you the evidence is actually as solid a bar of Fruit and Nut."

For the study, which was called ROCOCO, 163 participants that had coughs tried different remedies. Researchers found those who took a new medicine containing cocoa had a significant improvement in their cough and a lot less sleeplessness compared to those in the study taking cough syrup.

Morice adds there have been a number of other studies that support his findings which mean we get to eat more chocolate because it's for our health!

So why does chocolate ease coughs? Researchers say it's because cocoa has demulcent properties-- it relieves inflammation or irritation. Since it's stickier than cough syrup, chocolate will do a better job of forming a coating that will protect the nerve endings in the throat that trigger the urge to cough.

Morice notes "However drinking hot chocolate won't have the same effect, as the cocoa isn't in contact with the throat long enough to form a protective coating."

So ditch those cough drops and put a few pieces of chocolate into your purse the next time you get a tickle in your throat.