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

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Invisible Cities Press, 2003 - Cooking - 126 pages
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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, 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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User Review  - Kelly-anne.♥. - Goodreads

A lot of very interesting information in this book! Now I don't feel so bad about all the chocolate I received for Christmas, lol! Definitely worth a read though, lots of useful tips to keep healthy ... Read full review

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* 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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