Why Eating Chocolate Is Good For A Cough And Sore Throat


*Cough* *Cough* Oh hello there! Please don’t mind my voice, I’m sorry but
have a cough and a sore throat. This is why I am buying chocolates at a local
store. Oh, you think chocolate can’t help with
a sore throat or a cough? Let’s see if it does. Before we discuss the health benefits of our
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Bestie. Remember that scene from “Harry Potter: The
Prisoner of Azkaban” when Professor Lupin offers Harry chocolate after a Dementor attack
and says it will make him feel better? Well, it turns out that chocolate is good
for muggles likes us too. Of course, we don’t have to deal with Dementor
attacks like Harry but chocolate is very effective against something that is way more common,
a cough. Seems too good to be true, doesn’t it. Professor Alyn Morice, an international expert
on respiratory issues has stated that chocolate is, indeed good for a cough and a sore throat. How? Let us explain. When you cough, that’s your body getting
rid of harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, microbes or other irritants. These microorganisms tend to harm the tissues
and the nerves of your throat, thus causing infection. This is why your body tries to get rid of
these microorganisms with the help of the air pressure in your lungs. Hey, when you think about it in that context,
it doesn’t sound so bad. Except there is one problem; if the infection
persists it can lead to major throat problems, which no one wants. This is why we take the help of medicines
to cure a cough or for that matter a sore throat. *Cough* *Cough* Excuse me, I am very sorry
again. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. As we have already mentioned, we take medicine
for the common cough and sore throat so that the problem will not escalate. Seems pretty standard. However, there is a problem with prescribed
medication. While cough syrups may help in suppressing
the cough, it also has some side effects that include dizziness, sleepiness, confusion,
blurred vision and enhanced sensitivity to sunlight. The person might also feel nauseous. This is where chocolate comes to the rescue. We are all aware that cocoa is one of the
main ingredients in chocolate. This ingredient contains theobromine, which
blocks the action of the sensory nerves that trigger the cough reflex. Additionally, cocoa forms a coating around
the nerve endings of your throat, which does not allow the bacteria to come in contact
with them. A bit too confusing for you? Don’t worry, we’ll simplify it. Imagine your body is a fortress from the medieval
period, and your throat is like a gateway with an engine that controls it. When you swallow food, it passes through your
throat before going down to your stomach. When you drink water, it passes through your
throat. Even your voice is located in your throat. Needless to say, it is a very important body
part. Sometimes the engine can get a little rusty,
thus leaving the gateway open for invasion from the microorganisms. The fortress starts crumbling and this is
when we get sore throat and cough. *Cough* *Cough* Like I have right now. I am sorry again. Now, let’s get back to the hypothetical scenario. Where were we? Right, invasion of the fortress. (Notes to Editor/pp: We go back to the hypothetical
scenario.) In this case, cough syrup is like that troubleshooter
who oils the engine to make it work again. Even though he troubleshooter manages to make
the engine work but there is still a problem. The oil takes a very long time to act and
even after closing there are enough invaders at the gate to break it down. Additionally, there are invaders who have
already entered through the gateway and they can easily cause a lot of chaos. On the other hand, chocolate is like the hero
who just happens to be in the wrong place at the right time. The hero protects the engine and the gateway,
until the engine is good enough to start running again and the gate has been closed. Thus, saving the fortress from the invaders. That was simple, wasn’t it? Now that you have got the hang of it. Let’s get into more details about theobromine. Theobromine is an alkaloid of the cacao plant. It is found in chocolate, tea plant and kola
nut. While the name Theobromine may suggest otherwise,
theobromine does not actually contain bromine. Instead it is derived from the word, theobroma,
whic h is Greek in origin. “Theo” means God and “broma” means food. Thus, theobroma means “food of the Gods”. So everytime you are enjoying chocolate, you’re
basically having the “food of the Gods”. Yeah, that sounds about right, doesn’t it? However, there is a caveat. Make sure you don’t overdo with the theobromine
as too much can lead to sweating, trembling and severe headaches. Yikes. So, how much theobromine does chocolate contain? Well, that depends upon the type of chocolate
you are having. If you are going for unsweetened Dark Chocolate
bar then it contains 450 mg of theobromine per ounce. Sweet Dark Chocolate bar contains about 150
mg of theobromine per ounce. Whereas, a bar of Milk Chocolate only contains
about 60 mg of theobromine per ounce. There levels are all completely safe for human
consumption, as long as you keep it in moderation. We have already mentioned what can happen
if you consume too much theobromine. So keep this in mind, “moderation is the key.” Now, you must be wondering: “if chocolate
is good for a cough then that must mean hot chocolate is good for you too”. It’s warmer than chocolate, makes your throat
feel nice and the taste stays in your tongue for a long period of time. Could hot chocolate be as good for your throat
as chocolate or perhaps even better? Well, sorry to rain on your parade but no,
hot chocolate will not have the same effect on your throat as chocolate will. Yes, it has that magical ingredient theobromine,
cocoa, it is very warm and it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy, but the problem is that
it does not linger in our throats like chocolate does. Chocolate goes down slowly taking its sweet
time to flow down to your stomach. We can’t say the same for hot chocolate
as the diluted, warm chocolate solution does not stick to the nerves and instead flows
down rapidly through your food pipe. This means that instead of going for a mug
of hot chocolate, try buying a chocolate bar and enjoy the healing effects! You can go even further, and buy a bar of
dark chocolate to eat in moderation. Apart from theobromine, dark chocolates also
contain more antioxidants, which your body loves. *Cough* *Cough* I am sorry, I am not very
well today. Now you know why I am buying chocolates instead
of cough syrup. Do you know any health benefits of chocolate? Let us know in the comments section down below,
we would love to hear from you.

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