Chocolate Therapies (with Recipe for Janet’s Chocolate Medicinal Mousse Pie)

By Janet Raloff, 15:47 PM April 15, 2008

Chocolate has made news over the past few months for the apparently heart-healthy properties of some of its components–antioxidants known as flavonoids (see Chocolate Hearts: Chocolate Hearts.) These findings, together with data reported several years ago on the treats' ability to turn on opiate receptors in the brain (SN: 10/12/96, p. 235), threaten to transform the image of chocolate from dietary vice to herbal medicine.

To meso-American anthropologists, however, the idea that chocolate can...

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