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“This book will lead you on a journey into the world of chocolate. Learn the myths and legends associated with this life-giving food, what it’s really made of, and many new ways to eat, cook, and enjoy chocolate. With recipes that utilize not just chocolate but other life-giving, rich-in-nutrient foods, you’ll discover chocolate doesn’t just come in candy bars… This book provides a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind perspective on chocolate that hasn’t been explored before.”
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About the Author

David Wolfe is one of the world’s leading nutrition on raw food. He is the author of Eating for Beauty and The Sunfood Diet Success System, as well as numerous DVD and audio programs. As a health and personal success speaker, David conducts over 100 inspirational lectures and seminars and hosts six adventure retreats each year in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the South Pacific. At these events he inspires people to optimize their health and achieve their full potential by employing positive thinking, superior nutrition and, of course, by eating chocolate!Born in East Yorkshire, UK, in 1969, Shazzie had a typical northern lifestyle and diet in her formative years. As an adult, she suffered from lethargy, depression, brain-fog, bad skin, and aches and pains–until she created a detox and rejuvenation program for herself. These days she feels younger than ever before, has relentless energy, and a body that functions as it should! Shazzie spreads the secrets that she’s uncovered to millions of people throughout the world via her web sites, books, magazine columns, workshops, and retreats. She is the author of Detox Your World and Detox Delights.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556437315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556437311
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read this book, along with Chris Kilham's entries on chocolate (theobroma cacao), and my own ethnobotanical / biochemical studies through many avenues of interest. I always enjoy learning more about the history and culture of this interesting tree. My scientific disposition compels me look at the health sensationalism surrounding chocolate rather skeptically. Of course, these kinds of reviews are rarely popular.

Theobromine - Firstly, chocolate has stimulants (most people erroneously think is has substantial caffeine, which it does not) - chocolate has an analogous alkaloid, called "theobromine" occurring predominantly. It is a strong stimulant alkaloid with an effect on the nervous system, particularly the heart. The cardiotoxicity of this alkaloid has been established in carnivores (cats/dogs), and to a lesser extent in humans with sensitivities to it. The effect of this alkaloid may be enhanced by the substantial magnesium content of the chocolate. It may not be suitable for all people.

Tannins - Raw chocolate is rich in tannins, responsible for the bitterness of the chocolate. Tannin in high concentration will behave as an anti-nutrient, binding up and preventing the absorption of proteins and minerals in the digestive tract. It also adversely affects the kidneys in high amounts. Raw chocolate has a very high tannin content, more so than some tannin-rich fruits (such as the skins of jaboticaba), which are recommended to only be eaten in small quantity. Does this rule of potential tannin toxicity not apply to chocolate?

Surplus - Lastly, and partly from having grown cacao trees myself, is the observation that chocolate can be a surplus crop in many areas of the world.
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David Wolfe explores the history, nutrition, and magic of this powerful food. He even suggests how it could save the world!

As a trainer and motivator, I know first hand the power of raw chocolate and how it can affect mood and energy levels. I use it as my "secret weapon." Raw chocolate is one of the most potent sources of magnesium--a mineral that is essential for muscle function, bone growth and overall wellbeing. Since--depending on where you get your information--60-80% of all Americans are deficient in magnesium, it seems that raw chocolate could be the perfect fit to re-mineralize the population.

Lack of magnesium creates sluggishness, mood changes, and in-the-dumps feelings. Raw chocolate can bring balance to your system and bring you out of the fog.

This book also identifies other fantastic qualities of this superfood that enhance mood and stimulate your body for optimal health!

Kevin Gianni, NCSF-CPT

Author and Personal Trainer
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This was one of the first books I ordered when I decided to adopt a raw food lifestyle in October 2006. It helped me tremendiously overcome the temptations of processed cooked sweets filled with sugar and flour.

The history lesson of raw cacao was interesting reading, and the glossy book is filled with great color photos. I learned that all chocolate is derived from the cacao bean, which of course grows on the cacao tree. The caocao bean is also the staple diet of the Oompa Loompa. Raw cacao is natural and healthy food that one can enjoy in it's natural state and reap many health benefits, including weight loss, while eating delicious treats. I have lost 28 lbs so far including these recipes in my diet.

I would recomend it to those transitioning to raw food for sure. The chocolate del diablo hot drink is delicious and spicy, and I use the chocolate sauces all the time. I actually bathe in them. Just kidding. The cinnamon rolls are delicous. The raspberry berets are so cute and good. Violet's violent end pie is absolutley delicious. There is even a recipe for raw chocolate bars~ with almonds! I could go on and on.

The writing is very entertaining and informative, with a charming bit of english wit and phrases sprinkled in, and Shazzie's and David Wolfe's passion and research for thier subject is evident. An excellent book. Well worth the price.
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"Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies." ~ John Q. Tullius

David Wolfe and Shazzie were undoubtedly high on chocolate when they wrote this wonderful book on the history and uses of chocolate. There are many pages of full-color pictures and in particular a good picture of cacao trees. The book is divided into four main sections:

I: Cacao - legends of cocao, a brief history of chocolate, money does grow on trees

II: Scientific Properties of Chocolate - chemical composition of cacao, magnesium, antioxidants, Theobromine and Caffeine, Phenylethylamine, Anandamide and Tryptophan

III: Exotic Properties of Chocolate - Aphrodisia, nature's prozac, chocolate as medicine, chocolate yoga and overcoming chocolate addictions.

IV: Chocolate Alchemy - Organic food, ancient chocolate drinks, cacao's best friends, what to do with cacao beans, recipes.

At times the writing gets a bit technical (see the chemical composition of cocao) but overall they seemed to be having fun and most of the chapters were entertaining to read. There is interesting information - like why cocoa powder is called "dutch processed." After reading about the combination of mulberries and chocolate you might make yourself an interesting shake. You may however want to skip using milk and go for coconut milk or water. Apparently milk "cancels out the effects of antioxidants" in chocolate. I had also never heard that cocoa powder is added to weight loss products to diminish appetite. So eating chocolate may help you to lose weight.

The recipe section is very interesting if you can eat coconut and any nuts. I am currently allergic to nuts so I basically could only dream of what most of the recipes would taste like.
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