Chocolate: Tastiest Cough Medicine Ever?

As if we needed another excuse to have some chocolate, research shows that it may be an effective cough suppressant, too.

New Scientist reports:

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.

In the study, the testers were given theobromine, a component of chocolate, codeine or a placebo.  Those who had the theobromine were less likely to cough than those who received the placebo, and even those who received codeine who coughed at the same rate as the placebo.

So the next time you have one of those nagging coughs you can’t seem to shake, chocolate may be the answer.  Of course, getting the weight off afterward is another issue.


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Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon4 years ago

Yes, we def needed another reason to eat more chocolate! :)

Carole R.
Carole R.4 years ago

Sounds good to me. I'm going to (cough, cough) get some medicine for (cough, cough) this cough!

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago

great news

Elena Arutiunova
Elena Arutiunova4 years ago

Nece info. THX!

Rose N.
Rose N.4 years ago

Thank you for posting.

Jane R.
Jane R.4 years ago

I'm really glad to know this. I'll try it if I ever get a cough. I never have colds, makes me wish for one.

Manuela C.
Manuela C.4 years ago


Christine Askin
Christine Askin4 years ago

That is so....COOL!

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago


Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago