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Chapter 1

Chocolate in Science, Nutrition and Therapy: An Historical Perspective

To better place the following chapters within an historical context, this brief introduction aims to help readers fully appreciate the relatively long-standing quest to identify, validate and promote chocolate's potential in fulfilling nutritional needs, improving health and preventing disease. This historical introduction provides a broader framework for the themes addressed in the following chapters. The brief synopsis that follows describes centuries of nutritional and medicinal associations with cacao and chocolate in a manner that corresponds with the three sections of this volume, namely science, nutrition and health. Readers who wish to delve further into this historical quest are referred to Philip K. Wilson and W. Jeffrey Hurst's Chocolate as Medicine: A Quest over the Centuries, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2012.

Print publication date: 18 May 2015
Copyright year: 2015
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-912-2
PDF eISBN: 978-1-78262-280-2
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78262-505-6