Forget pills, I’m sticking with the chocolate ...

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NOW I’ve always believed that a healthy helping of chocolate goes some way towards mending a broken heart.

It’s a sentiment endorsed by Domestic Goddess Nigella Lawson whose recipe for chocolate fudge cake (one I have made several times I hasten to add) is introduced with the following advice: This is the sort of cake you’d want to eat the whole of when you’d been chucked. But even the sight of it, proud and tall and thickly iced on its stand, comforts.”

At the top of the list of ingredients it states simply: “Serves 10 - or 1 with a broken heart.”

Scientists however have revealed that paracetamol can also help cure more than a headache or fever - it can ease psychological pain, including the misery of rejection by a lover or friends.

Mmn, personally I think sticking with the chocolate is less risky because the consequences from a potential overdose are less dire surely.

Going overboard on the chocolate may result in an expanding waistline or increased thigh girth but at least there’s less chance of winding up in A and E.

And it has recently been proved that, despite earlier held beliefs, chocolate is not addictive so once the heart is mended it’s possible to lay off the Chunky KitKats for a while.

Today is the day that many brave souls out there may be taking advantage of Leap Year and popping the question to their loved ones. If the response is negative and your heart’s desire does not want to make an honest woman of you, then surely there’s comfort in knowing that you can always seek solace in a wedge of chocolate brownie - with or without the paracetamol.