Chocolate can help your sore throat

Chocolate can help your sore throat

Chocolate can help your sore throat. 

Oh, you think chocolate can’t help with a sore throat or a cough?

Let’s see if it does.

Well, it turns out that chocolate is good for muggles like us too. Of course, we don’t have to deal with Dementor attacks like Harry Potter but chocolate is very effective against something that is way more common, a cough. It 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. As we have already mentioned, we take medicine for the common cough and sore throat so that the problem will not escalate. It 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.

Chocolate can help your sore throat
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.

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, some invaders have already entered through the gateway and they can easily cause a lot of chaos.
On the other hand, chocolate is like a 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 contain bromine. Instead, it is derived from the word, theobroma, which is Greek in origin. "Theo" means God and "broma" means food. Thus, theobroma means "food of the Gods".

 So every time you are enjoying chocolate, you’re 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.
So, how much theobromine does chocolate contain?

Well, that depends upon the type of chocolate you are having. If you are going for an 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.

Their 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 on your tongue for a long 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 as 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.

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