Chocolate as Medicine: A Quest over the Centuries

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The Mesoamerican population who lived near the indigenous cultivation sites of the "Chocolate Tree" (Theobromo cacao) had a multitude of documented applications of chocolate as medicine, ranging from alleviating fatigue to preventing heart ailments to treating snakebite. Until recently, these applications have received little sound scientific scrutiny. Rather, it has been the reputed health claims stemming from Europe and the United States which have attracted considerable biomedical attention. This book, for the first time, describes the centuries-long quest to uncover chocolate's potential health benefits. The authors explore variations in the types of evidence used to support chocolate's use as medicine as well as note the ongoing tension over categorizing chocolate as food or medicine, and more recently, as functional food or nutraceutical. The authors, Wilson an historian of science and medicine, and Hurst an analytical chemist in the chocolate industry, bring their collective insights to bear upon the development of ideas and practices surrounding the use of chocolate as medicine. Chocolate's use in this manner is explored first among the Mesoamerican peoples, then as it is transported to Europe, and back into Colonial North America. The authors then focus upon more recent bioscience experimental undertakings which have been aimed to ascertain both long-standing and novel suggestions as to chocolate's efficacy as a medicinal and a nutritional substance. Chocolate/s reputation as the most craved food boosts this book's appeal to food and biomedical scientists, cacao researchers, ethnobotanists, historians, folklorists, and healers of all types as well as to the general reading audience.

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The Mesoamerican population had over 150 documented applications of cocoa as medicine ranging from cardiac uses to snake bites and today a scientific literature search shows over 300 references to the use of cocoa in cardiac medicine. This book, for the first time, describes the topic of chocolate as medicine from a historical perspective but also explores the benefits of cocoa, its positive health effects and also why chocolate was thought to be bad for you. The book is written by a unique combination of a historian of science and a practicing scientist with expertise in cocoa and chocolate. It includes a historical perspective on the development of medicinal uses of cocoa, an introduction to the chemistry and physiology involved and ends with its suggestions for chocolates future uses in medicine. It will appeal to food scientists, cocoa researchers, ethnobotanists, historians and medical scientists as well as the lay people with an interest in this science.

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The authors have written this work while both working in the famed United States chocolate town, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Philip K. Wilson, MA, PhD is Professor of Medical Humanities and Science, Technology & Society as well as Director of The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey. W. Jeffrey Hurst, PhD is a Principle Scientist at Hershey Foods Technical Center in Hershey, and founding Treasurer of the International Society of Chocolate and Cocoa in Medicine.

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