19 Apr '11, 4pm
Chocolate is the Tastiest Natural Cough Medicine of Them All! Yum.
An ingredient in chocolate may actually be a more effective cough medicine than traditional remedies, a new study suggests. And not only that, the UK-based research showed that the cocoa-derived compound had none of the side effects associated with standard drug treatments for persistent coughs. "These sorts of coughs, often lasting for weeks after a viral infection, can be difficult to treat, especially since it is not possible to give large doses of opiate-based medication to patients due to the side effects," says Peter Barnes, professor of thoracic medicine at Imperial College London, UK, who led the study.