11 January 2019, 11:11 | Updated: 11 January 2019, 11:29
A professor at Hull University says chocolate is better for calming cough than traditional cough medicine
It might sound too good to be true, but a new study revealed that chocolate is actually better for calming cough than traditional cough syrup.
Professor Alyn Morice, head of the cardiovascular and respiratory studies at Hull University and founding member of the International Society for Cough Study, says that having a milk chocolate tablet is more effective than medicine bought in the store  Revealing the results of the largest real-world study of a cough remedy ever undertaken in Europe, he said: "Chocolate can calm the cough, I know it might sound like something from Mary Poppins, but as an independent clinician who has spent years studying the coughing mechanism, I can assure you that the evidence is actually a solid bar of Fruit and Nut. "
So how does it work?
Acc ordering the professor, it is down to the "demulcent properties" of chocolate – its viscosity. The consistency of the gentle treatment works by forming a lining on the nerve endings of the throat, suppressing the urge to cough.
"This demulcent effect explains why honey, lemon and other sugary syrups can help, but I think there is something more with chocolate.
" I'm sure it has a pharmacological activity, a kind of inhibitory effect on the nerve endings themselves, "he added
The trial, entitled ROCOCO, studied 163 people and discovered that those who took cocoa-based medicine instead of regular medicine saw significant improvements in Just two days.
Researchers at Imperial College London discovered earlier that theobromine – an alkaloid component in cocoa – is "better in suppressing the urge to cough up than codeine."
So the next time you start to feel that annoying tickle at the back of your throat, take a slab of milk and try it! You will not regret it, we promise it.