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According to science, CHOCOLATE fights coughs better than some cough medicines

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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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Cat Deeley and Patrick Kielty

The TV presenter couple announced on Twitter that they were expecting baby number two later this year. The tweet on January 14th read: 'Over the moon to share that Milo is going to be a big brother! Can’t wait to be a family of four in the spring. We’re all so excited.' Cat and Patrick, who have been married for five years, already have a two-year-old son named Milo. The couple live together in LA, but often come back to the UK. Image: Getty 
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Jacqueline Jossa and Dan Osborne

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". Image: Getty 
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Eva Longoria 

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’. Image: Getty 
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Kate Middleton and Prince William 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting baby number three in April 2018. The next royal heir will arrive shortly before Princess Charlotte turns two on 2nd May and Prince George turns five on 22nd July. As with both her previous pregnancies, Kate Middleton suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Image: Getty 
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Miranda Kerr 

Miranda Kerr announced she was expecting her first child 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. Image: Getty 
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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend 

In an adorable Instagram video featuring their 19-month-old daughter Luna, Teigen asked Luna what was in her belly, to which her daughter replied ‘a baby’. Teigen shared the video with the caption ‘it’s John’s!’ The star couple have been very open about their struggles to conceive before turning to IVF. Image: Getty 
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West 

Kim and Kanye are expecting their third child via surrogate in January 2018, after Kim was reportedly told by doctors that a third natural birth would be too dangerous. The new arrival will join siblings North West and Saint West. Image: Instagram/Kimkardashian
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Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson 

There must be something in the water in the Kardashian house, as Khloe has revealed she is pregnant too. 33-year-old Khloe revealed the news on Instagram, with the caption: ‘My greatest dream realised! We are having a baby!’ Image: Instagram/khloekardashian 
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Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott 

In news that nearly broke the internet, Kim’s half-sister Kylie Jenner is reportedly pregnant too! The 19-year-old is said to be expecting a baby girl with her boyfriend Travis Scott. Image: Getty 
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Wayne and Coleen Rooney 
 

​Wayne and Coleen Rooney are expecting baby number four this year, after denying the news in the media. Coleen shared the news with fans writing: ‘So Happy!!! Never denied the news, but I was always protecting it!! Had scan & all checks are fine…Baby number 4 is on its way.’ Image: Instagram/coleen_rooney
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Helen George and Jack Ashton 

Call the Midwife stars Helen George and Jack Ashton are expecting their first baby this year. The star surprised everyone at the TV Choice awards with her bump. The co-stars have been dating for a year. 
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Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshaw 

Eddie Redmayne and his wife Hannah Bagshaw are said to be expecting baby number two. The Oscar winner and his wife are already parents to 16-month-old daughter Iris Mary. Image: Getty 
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Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo

Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo and her popstar husband Adam Levine are expecting their second child! Prinsloo announced the exciting news on Instagram with a mirror selfie. In the photo, she poses in a strapless bikini top, showing off her baby bump clearly! With the caption 'ROUND 2...' Image: Instagram/behatiprinsloo
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Robin Thicke and April Love

Robin Thicke and April Love are expecting their first child together, due on March 1st which would be Thicke’s late father’s birthday. April Love shared the news with fans on her Instagram, with the caption: ‘You guys!!! Look what I’ve been making!!!! Note her foot that’s over her head. Got long legs like her mama!’ Image: Instagram/aprillovegeary 
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Kevin & Nicole Systrom

Who? Kevin Systrom is the CEO of Instagram! So, it's no surprise that him and his wife Nicole took to, wait for it, Instagram, to announce their pregnancy! Nicole is due in January 2018. Photo: Instagram/kevin

 

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