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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On 15th October 2018 Kensington Palace officially confirmed the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child. They will welcome their little bundle of joy into the world any day now!!
1) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Amy Schumer is pregnant with her first child and she announced it in the best way! She announceed it on Instagram on 23rd October 2018 with a photoshopped picture of her and her husband Chris Fischer's faces on a picture of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
2) Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer
Her caption told fans to visit the Instagram page of political journalist Jessica Yellin, where the announcement was made, amid drawing attention to the importane of the US midterm elections.
Amy said to the Los Angeles Times "Chris and I are thrilled and almost positive he's the father. I look forward to competing with Markle every step of the way". Her baby will be due around the same time as Megan's, so we predict April/May 2019 is likely. Not long to wait!
Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter are expecting their third child in 2019! Neither of the pair have confirmed the news, but reports surfaced in September 2018 after the Emmy Awards where it was suspected Sophie's dress hinted at a baby bump and had been custom-made.
3) Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter
The 42 year old actor already has two young sons, Christopher Carlton who is three-years-old and Hal Auden who is one.
Frankie Cocozza and his wife Bianca Cocozza (formerly Murphy) are expecting their first child together.
4) Frankie Cocozza and Bianca Cocozza
Frankie announced the news on his Instagram on the 27th October with a photo of the baby scan, simply writing 'Ecstatic @biancacocozza'.
Frankie Cocozza originally appeared on the X Factor and has since been on Celebs Go Dating. He met his wife Bianca shortly after being on the popular dating show and first posted a photo of them together on a motorbike in Bali.
The couple is expected to welcome their baby in May 2019.
The One Show presenter Alex Jones is pregnant with her second child. She announced it live on air alongside her co-host Matt Baker.
5) Alex Jones and Charlie Thompson
Alex and her husband, insurance broker, Charlie Thompson, already have a 21-month-old year old son Teddy (Edward). Alex, 41, has openly discussed her struggle to concieve this time around saying she had assumed it would happen as quickly the first time but due to her age it proved more difficult. Their baby is due in the Spring.
Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle is expecting her first child with her husband Andy.
6) Beth Tweddle MBE
Beth was the first female gymnast from Great Britain to win a medal at the European Championships, World Championships, and Olympic Games. Beth was awarded an MBE in 2010.
Beth announced the news on Instagram with a Christmassy photo of a message under the tree which said 'Our greatest gift is due to be unwrapped May 2019'. Alongside the photo Beth added: 'Really excited to share the news that Andy and I are expecting our first child in May 2019'.
Gregg Wallace is due to become a dad for the third time. His wife Anne-Marie Sterpini is pregnant with their first baby together.
7) Gregg Wallace and Anne-Marie Sterpini
The pair revealed the news in an exclusive interview with OK! explaining that this would be their only child together due to Gregg's age. They struggled to concieve for two years but Anne-Marie fell pregnant just as they were considering IVF.
The baby is due in May 2019.
It's official, baby no.4 is on the way to join the ever-growing Kardashian clan. After using a surrogate the last time, for her youngest little girl Chicago, Kim is reportedly using a differnet surrogate this time for her fourth child. And drum roll....it's a boy! The little lad is due in May.
8) Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch are expecting their fourth child together. The couple are already parents to six-year-old Sophia Ruby, 11-month-old baby Johnny, and two-year-old Liberty Rose.
9) Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch
Abbey took to Instagram to announce the pregnancy in January 2019, writing, 'When a hatrick just wont do !!! #babynumber4'. While Peter shared the baby news the news on Twitter, alongside a beautiful photo of Abbey sporting her baby bump in a white bikini. He wrote: 'Baby no 4 on the way ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I blame @OfficialClancy for looking like this.'
Actress Gemma Atkinson is pregnant and expecting her first child with Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez.
10) Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez
Gemma announced the news on the 1st February 2019, sharing an adorable photo of her two dogs Norman and Ollie with the message 'And what Amazing big brothers they will be! Myself & Gorks are beyond excited and happy and feel incredibly blessed to be meeting our new family member later this year. Baby Marquez!!! We love you loads already ❤️🤰 @gorka_marquez'.
Gemma and Gorka met on the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing and although they weren't partners they struck up a romance which they announced officially in December 2018.
TV presenter and former Hear'say singer Myleene Klass is pregnant with her third child. Myleene already has daughters Ava, 11 and Hero, .
11) Myleene Klass and Simon Motson
This will be her first child with her partner Simon Motson. Myleene announced the news on Instagram on Valentines day 2019. She posted a photo of her baby bump with caption '❤️'.
Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash are expecting their first child together. The couple have been together for three years and they met on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
12) Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash
The couple moved in together in October 2018 with their three children - Stacey's two sons, Zachary, 10, and Leighton, six, as well as Joe's 11 year old son, Harry.
Joe announced the news on Instagram in the most adorable way. He shared images of Stacey fast asleep and captioned it: "Have been driving myself mad thinking that she's bored senseless of me and can't stand to be awake for longer than 10 minutes of my company...So you can imagine my delight to find out that she still loves me and my company very much she's just been growing a baby."
Both Banjo brothers are expecting babies in 2019! The Greatest Dancer presenter and Diversity member Jordan Banjo is expecting his second child with his girlfriend, Naomi Courts. The couple already have a son, Cassius, who was born in May 2018.
13) Jordan Banjo and Naomi Courts
Jordan announced the news on Instagram, writing: "CASSIUS IS GOING TO BE A BIG BROTHER! Genuinely never felt more blessed, last year having Cassius was the best thing that’s ever happened to me and @naomiella21, being a dad is genuinely the best job in the world and now we’re going to be mummy and daddy to another little bubba later this year! @naomiella21 I’m so proud of you and the amazing mum/partner you are. Can’t wait for the rest of this year and the crazy adventure of our little family getting that bit bigger!".
Our fave plant-based food blogger Ella Mills (better known as Deliciously Ella) has announced she is pregnant. Ella took to Instagram to share the news with her loyal 1.4 million following, captioning the photo:
14) Deliciously Ella and Matthew Mills
“Baby Mills coming in August ❤️❤️❤️😱😱😱🎉🎉🎉✨✨✨🤰🏻🤰🏻🤰🏻
“We’re completely over the moon and just feel like the luckiest people in the world 💖”
She and her husband Matthew Mills will welcome their 1st baby in August 2019!
Formula One star Jenson Button, 38, announced this January that he is soon to become a 1st time dad. His gorgeous fiancée, model Brittny Ward, is reportedly pregnant!
15) Jenson Button and Brittny Ward
Breaking the news on Instagram, Jenson wrote:
“Brittny & I are Delighted to announce the new edition to the family currently having his first seat! Look how comfy he looks! 😍👶🏼#babybutton”
We're guessing it's a boy then! Very exciting news.
Amy Joy Williams, a gold medallist in the Winter Olympics, is pregnant with her second baby.
16) Amy Joy Williams MBE
She shared the news on 4 January, 2018, with the funny Instagram caption: “Can’t blame the mince pies and Christmas pud for this tummy anymore!! Little sister or brother on the way for Oscar early summer.🤰🏼”
We're sure her little one Oscar is delighted at the news, and dad Craig Ham too! We can expect her little one is summer of 2019.
Silverfox actor Vincent Cassel (said in a French accent) is reportedly having a baby with his new wife, model Tina Kunakey. You might recognise the 52 year year old Frenchie frm films like Black Swan or La Haine, pictured here with his gorgeous 21 year old wife. The pair announced the news of their pregnancy with a beach snap, writing, "“HAPPIEST NEW YEAR EVER #andifyoudontknownowyouknow”.
17) Vincent Cassel and Tina Kunakey
We're sure Vincent's older daughters Leonie and Deva will be over the moon to meet their new half-sibling!