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

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931229319
Publisher: Invisible Cities Press LLC
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About 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

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1.A Brief History of Chocolate8
2.From Bean to Bonbon22
Dark Chocolate29
Milk Chocolate31
Cocoa Powder32
The Proof Is in the Pudding33
3.Chocolate Is Health Food34
What Are Antioxidants?35
Top Antioxidant Foods36
How Antioxidants Work37
The Panama Paradox40
Tasty Aspirin?41
Chocolate Studies42
Other Antioxidant Studies43
Cardiovascular Disease43
Cancer45
Alzheimer's Disease46
Arthritis47
Asthma and Allergies48
Cough Suppressant48
The Big Picture49
4.What's in Chocolate?50
The Skinny on Fat50
Chocolate Nutrients54
Nutrient Information of Dark Chocolate55
Cocoa Content58
5.Chocolate on the Brain61
Caffeine62
Theobromine63
Serotonin and Tryptophan64
Phenylethylamine65
Anandamide66
The Perfect Storm68
Cravings69
6.Melting the Myths72
Acne73
Allergies74
ADHD75
Cavities76
Heart Palpitations77
Migraines77
Obesity79
7.Chocolate Growing Today: Child Labor and Environmental Issues80
Labor Practices81
Environmental Issues85
8.Recipes89
Chocolate Sauce91
Chocolate Tandoori92
Chocolate Corn Bread94
Mary's Holy Mole96
Sicilian Chocolate Pasta98
New World Nachos100
Chocolate Breakfast Atole101
Grown-up Hot Chocolate102
Righteous Cookies104
Not-Messing-Around Chocolate Cake106
World's Best Brownies108
Simple Chocolate Mouse110
Enrobed Bananas112
Conclusion: Chocolate Is Not Sinful113
Resources: The World's Healthiest, Most Delicious Chocolate, Delivered to Your Door115
Chocolate Companies115
Mail Order121
Magazines122
Informational Websites122
Acknowledgments124
References125

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