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  • Writer's pictureDr. Koralla Raja Meghanadh

Can Chocolate Cause Cough or Common Cold?

It's a common belief among Indians that chocolate can cause cough or cold. However, this is a misunderstanding. Let's delve into the truth behind this myth.


Can Chocolate Cause Cough or Common Cold?

Understanding Chocolate's Ingredients

Chocolate primarily consists of cocoa and milk. While cocoa itself cannot cause a common cold, cough might occur in extremely rare cases and only in individuals with a specific allergy to cocoa.


Identifying Allergies

Most cases of cough or common cold attributed to chocolate consumption are actually due to allergies to other ingredients like milk or nuts. It's important to identify your specific allergies and adjust your diet accordingly rather than restricting everything you suspect might be the cause.

Similarly, the same misconception extends to Indian sweets. Some individuals may be allergic to ingredients in Indian sweets, leading to cough or cold symptoms. This has led to the assumption among many that sweets can cause or exacerbate the existing cold and cough.


Dietary Restrictions and Children's Health

Many parents impose dietary restrictions on their children if they frequently experience cold or cough. These restrictions may include avoiding chocolates, sweets, ice creams, chilled beverages, or certain fruits. However, such assumptions can lead to an imbalanced diet, potentially reducing immunity and increasing the severity of cold and cough attacks.


Balanced Diet for Improved Immunity

Instead of imposing unnecessary restrictions, it's advisable to consult an ENT specialist to determine if the attacks are due to viral infections or allergies. If it's an allergy, getting tested will help identify the allergens and educate your child about their health. For viral infections, focus on improving your child's immunity through:

  1. A balanced diet

  2. Regular exercise

  3. Sufficient sleep

  4. Adequate water intake

  5. Any necessary supplements

Understanding the causes of cough and common cold attacks and taking appropriate steps can help improve your child's health and immunity without unnecessary dietary restrictions.


Unthinkable Allergies

It's not just kids; even adults could have allergies or sensitivity to commonly used ingredients in our diet, like milk, wheat, nuts, and even vegetables. People can be allergic to commonly used vegetables in Indian cuisines, such as tomatoes, onions, and potatoes. So, it would be best if you were educated about your allergies and sensitivities and take the necessary actions to lead a healthy lifestyle.

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