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A host of recent studies has revealed news about chocolate that at first seems too good to be true. Chocolate protects you from heart disease. Chocolate improves cholesterol levels. Chocolate may even help prevent some cancers. Can this be? Can America's most demonized dessert actually be good for you?
In a word, yes. Evidence is piling up that chocolate has a list of health benefits few foods can match. We're all familiar with antioxidants, the compounds found in fruits, vegetables, red wine, and tea that prevent heart disease, cancer, and premature aging. What we don't hear is that chocolate has the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food on the planet---ten times that of spinach, five times that of blueberries, and four times that of green tea. Chocolate Unwrapped explains the science behind chocolate's health benefits, then goes on to dispel the myths swirling around chocolate. Chocolate does not cause acne, allergies, migraines, or hyperactivity. Chocolate has much less caffeine than most people think. And tannins in chocolate actually help prevent cavities, making chocolate better for teeth than other sweets.
Though there is no proof for chocolate's reputation as an aphrodisiac (both Casanova and the Aztec emperor Montezuma drank it for that purpose), chocolate has clear effects on the brain and mood. Chocolate contains anandamide, a substance that activates the same receptors in the brain as marijuana, as well as other chemicals that causes feelings of excitement and well-being, explaining the natural craving many people feel for it.
Chocolate Unwrapped not only explains the positive physical and psychological effects of chocolate, but goes on to explore the colorful history, botany, and chemistry of chocolate, so you'll understand what to look for and what to avoid. A recipe section provides a multitude of healthy ways to eat chocolate, from flourless chocolate cake to Mexican mole, and a comprehensive list of resources tells you where to find the best-quality chocolates in the world. All this and more makes Chocolate Unwrapped a book that will change the lives of chocoholics everywhere.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher Invisible Cities Press Llc
ISBN 1931229317 ISBN13 9781931229319
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More About Rowan Jacobsen
Rowan Jacobsen's first book on oysters, A Geography of Oysters, won the James Beard Award in 2007 and helped trigger the oyster mania we now find ourselves in. He is the author of Apples of Uncommon Character, Fruitless Fall, The Living Shore, and American Terroir. He has written for the New York Times, Harper's, Outside, Mother Jones, and others. He maintains the world's two leading web sources on oysters: Oysterguide (for his opinions) and Oysterater (for everybody else's). He lives in Vermont.
Rowan Jacobsen currently resides in the state of Vermont.
Reviews - What do customers think about Chocolate Unwrapped: The Surprising Health Benefits of America's Favorite Passion?
Chocolate can improve your Health! Jan 18, 2008
It sounds like an oxymoron to most people when you say "Healthy Chocolate". But everything in this book is true, the antioxidants in good chocolate do wonders. Cocoa is a natural anti-inflammatory, and since over 200 diseases start with inflammation and oxidation of the cells, chocolate can help with so many things. I have seen it first hand with so many people I know, who used to have fibro, allergies, diabetes, athritis...amazing. It truly is the "food of the Gods". Don't go eat the candy kind, though, it HAS to be cold-processed chocolate. See [...] for details. I also recommend Dr. Steve Warren's book on this topic, the Healthy Chocolate Desk Reference, he has truly amazing detail in his research!
GREAT BOOK! May 25, 2007
Loved the book, a great gift for the chocolate lover in your life! It's very well written and very informative in addition to having some really good recipes included in it.
Best chocolate book ever Nov 17, 2003
Wow. This book really opened my eyes. I've been telling everyone about it. You'll never look at chocolate the same again! Now I try to eat some dark chocolate every day.
Most readable comprehensive book about Chocolate Oct 27, 2003
Congratulations to the author on an excellently researched, very readable book about Chocolate. The title alone is clever and the subtitle reassuring. Not only is it wonderfully organized on the Contents page, it is a very enjoyable read. While I could not be described as a "chocoholic" I know many and I totally enjoy ingesting good chocolate from the bar variety to the many delicious ways of including it in our diet. The recipes included in the text are different from the usual variety and add to the pleasure of the text. It will make an excellent gift as well as owning one personally.
Changed my Life Oct 24, 2003
This book really opened my eyes. I've always loved chocolate. Now I enjoy eating it even more, knowing that it's actually good for me. If you are a chocoholic like me, you need this book!