Chocolate: A Healthy Passion

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The world loves chocolate and chances are you do too. This enjoyable book will serve to deepen your love and also your understanding of chocolate. After reading this pleasurable and educational account by two leading dieticians, you will agree that chocolate is much more than simply a treat. You will discover it encompasses a culture, a cuisine, a treatment, and much more! This book will help you explore some surprising applications of chocolate to your life: exploring the sensory pleasures of chocolate, ...
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Overview

The world loves chocolate and chances are you do too. This enjoyable book will serve to deepen your love and also your understanding of chocolate. After reading this pleasurable and educational account by two leading dieticians, you will agree that chocolate is much more than simply a treat. You will discover it encompasses a culture, a cuisine, a treatment, and much more! This book will help you explore some surprising applications of chocolate to your life: exploring the sensory pleasures of chocolate, entertaining with chocolate, and chocolate’s role in emotional and physical wellness.
The authors begin by revealing how to truly savor chocolate. Even the most avid chocoholics will pick up tips on how to intensify the full chocolate flavor and expand their sensual experience. Next, they illustrate how cultures around the world enjoy chocolate, and how chocolate, more than just a flavor, is part of a lifestyle, holding a special place in holidays and celebrations globally. The authors journey to the rainforest and explore the origins of chocolate. They then trace its history through the centuries, from the Maya and Aztec cultures, where the chocolate phenomenon began. Over the ages, this dark, delectable food has been viewed as a gift from the gods, as valuable as gold, a medical treatment for illness, a social indulgence for the elite, and finally a treat to be enjoyed by everyone.
Today, science has proved what was revealed to ancient civilizations so long ago: chocolate has healing powers. At the end of the 1990s, authors Aaron and Bearden were among the first to communicate to the media the news that dark chocolate may enhance health, helping to launch the first "heart healthy" chocolate brand for a global chocolate company. A recent study by the Research Laboratories of the Catholic University in Campobasso, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute of Milan, Italy and published in the Journal of Nutrition claims that 6.7 grams of dark chocolate per day represent the ideal amount for a protective effect against inflammation and subsequent cardiovascular disease. With luscious photography and enticing recipes, this delightful, even mouthwatering, book will bring your appreciation for this gift of Mother Nature to a new level.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Registered dieticians Aaron and Bearden have crafted an in-depth and decadent examination of one of the world's favorite treats: chocolate. Divided into six chapters, the book covers all facets of the confection. The authors begin by explaining what chocolate is and its origins before moving on to the history of chocolate and how it is grown and harvested. Of particular note are the last two chapters on chocolate and health and the various myths about the food. The authors do an excellent job of explaining the health benefits of chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants and flavonols. They also provide recipes at the end of each chapter, including those for facials, lip balm, and soap. Chocolate is also flavored with color and black-and-white illustrations. Thoroughly researched and very well written, this would be an excellent addition to any collection. Recommended for all libraries, especially those with strong culinary or food history collections.
—Lisa A. Ennis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591026532
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Shara Aaron, MS, RD (Yardley, PA), has contributed many health-related articles to Family Circle, Parents, American Baby, and Fitness, among other publications. She is the co-owner of NutCom Nutrition Communications, an advisory board member of American Baby, and the communications chair and editor of the New Jersey Dietetic Association Newsletter. She has acted as a corporate spokesperson to discuss the health benefits of cocoa.

Monica Bearden, RD (Tomball, TX), has published frequently on the cardiovascular health benefits of chocolate. She is the co-owner of NutCom Nutrition Communications and a nutrition consultant for the YMCA. She has worked as a nutrition scientist for a major chocolate manufacturer. Bearden helped manage the early research that showed cocoa to have health benefits and was a company spokesperson to discuss the health benefits of cocoa. She has published numerous papers and has given numerous presentations on the subject of cocoa and health.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Ch. 1 A Chocolate Love Affair 15

What Is Chocolate? 15

Chocolate Origins and Bean Selection 16

Country of Origin 19

Types of Cacao Beans 24

Truly Tasting Chocolate 26

How to Store Chocolate 27

A Chocolate Love Affair 28

Chocolate around the World 30

A World of Chocolate Change 32

The Chocolate Shift 33

The Mutually Beneficial Relationship between Cocoa and the Environment 35

Cocoa Cravings: Recipes from around the World 42

Ch. 2 A Deliciously Rich Past 55

In the Beginning 55

Ancient Civilizations' Version of Gold: Cocoa in Its Ancient Uses 63

Chocolate Moves East 65

From Matters of the Heart to Heart Health 69

Matters of the Heart 73

Balance and Health 74

From Drinking to Eating Chocolate 80

Chocolate in the United States 82

Cocoa Cravings: Drinks and Savory 97

Ch. 3 The Nuts and Bolts of Chocolate 103

Harvesting the Cacao 104

Turning Cacao into Chocolate 109

A Walk with Willie Wonka 112

What Makes Chocolate So Special? 115

Cocoa Cravings: Luscious Bites 125

Ch. 4 The Latest and Greatest On Chocolate, Cocoa, and Health 133

Chocolate and Cocoa: Plant-Based Food 134

Chocolate and Blueberries: What They Have in Common 136

Your Vascular System Loves Chocolate Too! 136

Chocolate and Your Immune System 142

Eat Chocolate to Stay Sharp: The Cognitive Benefits of Cocoa 143

The Beauty Benefits of Chocolate 144

Chocolate and Blood Sugar 145

Other Research Findings of Interest 146

How to Choose Your Chocolates for Flavanol Content 146

Cocoa Cravings: Healthy Recipes 151

Ch. 5 Chocolate Beliefs and Truths 161

So Do We Really Crave Chocolate? 163

Women and "Their"Chocolate 165

Chocolate Enhances the Mood 166

You May Be Surprised to Hear 169

Cocoa Cravings: Bath and Body 173

Ch. 6 For the Love of Chocolate 187

Chocolate and Our Lives 187

Cocoa Cravings: Family Recipes 194

Annotated Bibliography 205

Index 211

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    Almost good

    More excellent recipes would have been nice. For the price, you could do better.

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