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|Chocolate Fingered as Cough Cure
- London scientists discover benefits of the magic bean
CHOCOHOLICS of the world unite - you have nothing to lose but your coughs. That, at least, is the tentative finding of a tasty new study by scientists at London's Imperial College.
Provisional results suggest that the theobromine contained in chocolate helps relive coughing, even that it could do so more effectively than the usual over-the-counter cures sold in their millions at winter by chemists.
Don't peel back the the tin-foil just yet, however. "It is a clue for the future," said Dr John Harvey of the British Thoracic Society, "but it is too early to tell people to treat themselves with chocolate.