It’s a sad fact, but it usually seems like the foods we love the most are the ones that aren’t the best for us.
That’s not to say that food can’t be healthy and delicious at the same time (and to be fair, lots of them are), but when it comes to real treats, they’re not always the healthiest choice.
But then there’s chocolate. The rich, smooth, and irresistible dessert has been treasured for centuries, but it’s more than just a decadent treat.
It’s also proven to actually be pretty good for your body, and a recent study shows that it might have one extra health boost to give you, too.
If you have a cough, the study shows that chocolate might be the answer, and that it’s even more effective than honey at soothing an irritated throat.
Yes, chocolate. Seriously.
The study was carried out by Professor Alyn Morice, a clinical pharmacologist from Hull University in the U.K., who found that cough medicines containing cocoa are better at soothing and clearing up coughs than those without.
There was also a study at the Imperial College in London that found a chemical in chocolate is more effective at calming coughs than codeine.
“I know it might sound like something out of Mary Poppins,” Professor Morice wrote for the Daily Mail, “but as an independent clinician who has spent years researching the mechanism of cough, I can assure you the evidence is actually as solid as a bar of Fruit and Nut.”