Christina Pellegrini
March 26, 2016 12:31 pm

Next time you have a sore throat, eat a marshmallow.

Sounds crazy, right? But this sweet fix is scientifically proven to work. Here, we’ll explain.

The throat-soothing element in marshmallows is gelatin, a colorless, flavorless cooking agent derived from animal collagen that is used in gelling foods and contains the amino acids glycine and arginine. Research conducted at Rutgers shows that these amino acids may actually accelerate healing. Keep in mind that vegan marshmallows won’t have the same effect because they do not contain gelatin.

Luckily, there is a vegetarian-friendly way to take the edge off a sore throat, using a different kind of marshmallow.

Marshmallows used to be made with the African marshmallow plant (Althaea officinalis) way back when (hence the name!). For a long time, the herb’s leaves and roots have been used to reduce swelling of the respiratory system and treat coughs and laryngitis. Sadly, most of the marshmallows in the grocery store today don’t contain Althaea officinalis, but you can take a marshmallow root supplement or brew a cup of marshmallow leaf tea, which would be extra soothing with a little honey.

This news couldn’t have come at a better time, because right now we have plenty of marshmallow Peeps lying around. So if your throat feels scratchy, you know what to do! Just don’t look at us when the sugar rush sets in.