Next time you're finding yourself desperate to get rid of that pesky cough, instead of reaching for the cough syrup and Strepsils, it may be best to grab a bar of Dairy Milk chocolate instead.
According to Professor Alyn Morice, head of cardiovascular and respiratory studies at the University of Hull and founding member of the International Society for the Study of Cough says, "chocolate can calm coughs".
The doctor even added that the supporting evidence is "actually as solid as a bar of Fruit and Nut". It's the perfect excuse.
The professor, talking to MailOnline, said researchers have just seen the results of a recent study of over-the-counter medicine.
The study of 163 people revealed that the patients taking chocolate-based medicine saw significant improvements in two days.
Professor Alyn revealed that it is the "demulcent properties" in chocolate that is the part that actually helps the cough. The stickiness forms a coating on the nerve endings in the throat and thus, suppresses the urge to cough.
"This demulcent effect explains why honey and lemon and other sugary syrups can help, but I think there is something more going on with chocolate," Alyn added.