Cocoa plot

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Would you believe it. Just as the troubles in the Ivory Coast act to cut off shipments from the world's largest producer of cocoa, along comes a study by Imperial College London to say a derivative found in the foodstuff could be the answer to persistent coughs.

Would you believe it. Just as the troubles in the Ivory Coast act to cut off shipments from the world's largest producer of cocoa, along comes a study by Imperial College London to say a derivative found in the foodstuff could be the answer to persistent coughs.

It's enough to make you smell a plot. The government of the Ivory Coast putting up the price of the commodity as peace talks start. Or, perhaps, just the medical profession at it again: offering the Bridget Joneses of this world a medical reason to justify their love of chocolate while depriving them of the means to indulge it.

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