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Chocolate CrisisClimate Change and Other Threats to the Future of Cacao$
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Dale Walters

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401674

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401674.001.0001

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Chocolate Can Be Good for You

Chocolate Can Be Good for You

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(p.iii) Chocolate Crisis

Dale Walters

University Press of Florida

This chapter deals with the long-reported health benefits of chocolate consumption. It examines the use, by the Mayans and Aztecs, of their chocolate drink, which was often mixed with other plant-based remedies, to treat various ailments, and its use in Europe and beyond as both a nutritious food and a medicine. The chapter also examines the more recent experimental studies which report beneficial effects of chocolate on cardiovascular health and neurodegenerative diseases, effects which are attributed largely to flavanols present in chocolate. The chapter also looks at the current debate about whether chocolate should be considered as food or medicine.

Keywords:   chocolate, medicine, Mayans, Aztecs, cardiovascular health, neurodegenerative diseases, flavanols, food

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