Good news if you’ve got a cough you can’t get rid of—especially if you’re a chocolate lover. The Shape magazine website reports that an influential authority on respiratory medicine believes chocolate can do a great job of soothing coughs because it forms a protective coating inside your throat that shields the nerve endings that make you cough. Melted chocolate’s viscosity permits a natural ingredient to defend those nerve endings and help them calm down. The expert notes that drinking hot chocolate won’t have the same cough-soothing effect because it’s too diluted to have a long-lasting effect on throat nerves. You’re better off sucking on a piece of chocolate and letting it melt down slowly to coat your throat.