In perhaps the best news ever about having a cough, you might be able to swap that sickly cherry flavor for chocolate. Almost makes it worth having a sore throat….almost.
A chocolate-based cough syrup called Unicough proved more effective in treating cough and sore throat than a standard over-the-counter (OTC) cough syrup in a recent study, which has yet to be printed. Though the exact findings have yet to be released, Alyn Morice, MD, an international cough expert, claims the research is strong and sound. In fact, study participants who took the cocoa-based medicine showed significant symptom improvement in two days. What does that mean, exactly? They coughed less and woke up less frequently when they took Unicough.
While we can’t confirm that the cough syrup company didn’t fund the newest study, independent researchers have previously proved cocoa’s cough-calming effect. A cocoa ingredient called theobromine proved more effective than even codeine, a common cough syrup ingredient, in 2012 research done at the National Heart and Lung Institute in the UK.
If you want to get the compound naturally, you better pick up the darkest kind you can find, since a bar of the dark stuff clocks in at 450mg of theobromine per ounce--far higher than its milk and white counterparts. If you’re seriously considering picking up a bar-a-day habit, we don’t blame you--sounds like a good life. But if you’d rather have the effects without the calories, Unicough might just be the product you’ve been waiting for.
And, luckily, snacking on dark chocolate has helped many women lose weight. Here are nine other snacks that have the same slim-down effect:
Not only are apples high in fiber, leaving you feeling fuller longer, but also low in calories, so you can snack without feeling guilty. via Getty Images