Chocolate Unwrapped: The Surprising Health Benefits of America's Favorite Passion

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Detailing the positive physical and psychological effects of chocolate, this book explores its colorful history, botany, and chemistry. Explaining the science behind chocolate, common myths about chocolate—that it causes acne, allergies, migraines, and hyperactivity—are dispelled, and its benefits—tannins in chocolate actually help prevent cavities—are revealed. Providing medical information relating to chocolate's high antioxidant levels and beneficial effects in terms of heart disease, cancer, aging, stroke, ...

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Overview

Detailing the positive physical and psychological effects of chocolate, this book explores its colorful history, botany, and chemistry. Explaining the science behind chocolate, common myths about chocolate—that it causes acne, allergies, migraines, and hyperactivity—are dispelled, and its benefits—tannins in chocolate actually help prevent cavities—are revealed. Providing medical information relating to chocolate's high antioxidant levels and beneficial effects in terms of heart disease, cancer, aging, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease, the book also includes information regarding chocolate's mental health benefits. The included recipes provide a multitude of healthy ways to eat chocolate, from flourless chocolate cake to Mexican mole, and a comprehensive list of resources shows chocolate lovers where to find the best-quality chocolates around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Chocolate lovers rejoice! Finally, an in-depth and delightful look at the healthy side of one of the most enchanting delicacies on earth.” —Deirdre Heekin, author, Pane e Salute
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931229319
  • Publisher: Invisible Cities Press Llc
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

* Chocolate has the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food on the planet—10 times that of spinach!
* Chocolate is a good source of polyphenols, the same type of antioxidants found in red wine
* Flavonoids in dark chocolate are good for your heart—they reduce the stickiness of platelets, and aid in clotting and preventing coronary artery blockages
* Even the fat in chocolate is "good fat"—it is stearic acid, which doesn’t affect cholesterol levels

Explores the science behind the health benefits of chocolate and dispels the myths and misconceptions surrounding it, with bonus chapters that include lore, history, and a sampling of healthy, delicious recipes from around the world

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1. A Brief History of Chocolate 8
2. From Bean to Bonbon 22
Dark Chocolate 29
Milk Chocolate 31
Cocoa Powder 32
The Proof Is in the Pudding 33
3. Chocolate Is Health Food 34
What Are Antioxidants? 35
Top Antioxidant Foods 36
How Antioxidants Work 37
The Panama Paradox 40
Tasty Aspirin? 41
Chocolate Studies 42
Other Antioxidant Studies 43
Cardiovascular Disease 43
Cancer 45
Alzheimer's Disease 46
Arthritis 47
Asthma and Allergies 48
Cough Suppressant 48
The Big Picture 49
4. What's in Chocolate? 50
The Skinny on Fat 50
Chocolate Nutrients 54
Nutrient Information of Dark Chocolate 55
Cocoa Content 58
5. Chocolate on the Brain 61
Caffeine 62
Theobromine 63
Serotonin and Tryptophan 64
Phenylethylamine 65
Anandamide 66
The Perfect Storm 68
Cravings 69
6. Melting the Myths 72
Acne 73
Allergies 74
ADHD 75
Cavities 76
Heart Palpitations 77
Migraines 77
Obesity 79
7. Chocolate Growing Today: Child Labor and Environmental Issues 80
Labor Practices 81
Environmental Issues 85
8. Recipes 89
Chocolate Sauce 91
Chocolate Tandoori 92
Chocolate Corn Bread 94
Mary's Holy Mole 96
Sicilian Chocolate Pasta 98
New World Nachos 100
Chocolate Breakfast Atole 101
Grown-up Hot Chocolate 102
Righteous Cookies 104
Not-Messing-Around Chocolate Cake 106
World's Best Brownies 108
Simple Chocolate Mouse 110
Enrobed Bananas 112
Conclusion: Chocolate Is Not Sinful 113
Resources: The World's Healthiest, Most Delicious Chocolate, Delivered to Your Door 115
Chocolate Companies 115
Mail Order 121
Magazines 122
Informational Websites 122
Acknowledgments 124
References 125
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