Sin and pleasure: the history of chocolate in medicine.

@article{Lippi2015SinAP,
  title={Sin and pleasure: the history of chocolate in medicine.},
  author={Donatella Lippi},
  journal={Journal of agricultural and food chemistry},
  year={2015},
  volume={63 45},
  pages={
          9936-41
        }
}
In ancient Mayan texts cocoa is considered a gift of the gods: Pre-Columbian populations used chocolate as medicine, too. After the discovery of America, chocolate was introduced in Europe, but Christian Europe looked to this new exhilarating drink with extreme suspiciousness and criticism. From this reaction, the necessity derived to appeal to the reasons of health, with which doctors and scientists committed themselves to explain that chocolate was good for the body. However, during the… CONTINUE READING
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