Chocoholics, we’ve got news that will make your day – according to scientists, chocolate fights cough better than some cough medicines!
As if we needed another excuse to dig in to chocolate at this time of year, Professor Alyn Morice published findings that chocolate can actually soothe coughs better than codeine syrup. Why we hear you ask? The chocolate apparently forms a sticky coating that protects the nerve endings that cause you to cough.
As the chocolate melts in your mouth, the natural cough-suppressing ingredients come into contact with the sore throat nerves and calm them down.
Unfortunately, for hot chocolate fans, the more you dilute the chocolate the less effective it is, and the best remedy is to suck on a piece of chocolate, letting it melt slowly.
So, there you have it, if you’ve got a sore throat, it’s time to take a visit to the sweet isle of your local supermarket!
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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews
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Kate Hudson and Danny Fujikawa
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Olympic diver Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black shared a cute snap holding an ultrasound, with the caption 'Happy Valentines Day' with an emoji of two men with a baby. Dustin Lance Black shared a second photo on his twitter, with the caption 'a very happy #ValentinesDay from ours to yours'. Congratuations to the couple! Photo: Instagram/ Tom Daley
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
The rumours have been flying for a while now, and Spider Man star Kirsten Dunst has finally broken the silence and announced she is pregnant with her first baby with fiance Jesse Plemons. The announcement came via this stunning pregnancy photo shoot for fashion brand Rodarte's 2018 Fall-Winter campaign. Kirsten, now 35, said, "‘I’m at a stage in my life where I’m like, I’ve been working since I was three. It’s time to have babies and chill." Congratulations to the happy couple!
Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons
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Cat Deeley and Patrick Kielty
Ex-eastenders actress Jacqueline Jossa has revealed she is pregnant with her second baby with Dan Osborne. The couple are parents to their two-year-old daughter Ella, and Dan's four-year-old son Teddy from his previous relationship. The EastEnders actress confirmed the wonderful news in an interview with OK! magazine and admitted her second pregnancy has come as a "huge shock".
Jacqueline Jossa and Dan Osborne
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is pregnant with her first baby with husband Jose Baston at the age of 42. Her rep has confirmed it’s a boy, and the actress shared a cute snap of hands on her bump on New Year’s Day with the caption: ‘New year, new adventures! I’m so grateful to my beautiful family giving this new baby so much love already’.
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Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall
Miranda Kerr announced she was expecting her first daughter with her Snapchat-founder-husband Evan Spiegel in November last year. She is already mum to Flynn, 7 from her first marriage to Orlando Bloom, who is reportedly very excited to have a new little sister!