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If your throat is getting scratchy, you might be better off reaching for a Hersey bar over cough syrup. At least that’s what one leading expert is advising — as he says that chocolate is better for a cough and respiratory problems than standard medicine.

Professor Alyn Morice, head of cardiovascular and respiratory studies at the University of Hull in Yorkshire, England, and a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Cough, says that “chocolate can calm coughs.” And he claims that the supporting evidence is “actually as solid as a bar of Fruit and Nut.”

Writing in the Daily Mail, he says that the results of the largest real-world study of an over-the-counter cough remedy ever undertaken in Europe have just come in. It proves that medicine that contains cocoa is better than the standard stuff. The study involved a head-to-head comparison of 163 patients who reported a “significant improvement” in their symptoms within two days of taking the chocolate-based medicine.

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