Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Economics of Chocolate$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mara P. Squicciarini and Johan Swinnen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198726449

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198726449.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 22 April 2018

Nutritional and Health Effects of Chocolate

Nutritional and Health Effects of Chocolate

Chapter:
(p.134) 7 Nutritional and Health Effects of Chocolate
Source:
The Economics of Chocolate
Author(s):

Stefania Moramarco

Loreto Nemi

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198726449.003.0007

While, for centuries, chocolate was praised for its nutritional and health properties, in recent years it has often been associated with negative health effects (mostly related to obesity). This chapter reviews the health, nutritional, psychological, and aphrodisiac effects of chocolate, from its traditional use in Central and Latin America to its more recent appreciation as a functional food. It finds that chocolate consumption can be beneficial for human health, since it is inversely associated to the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and the development of chronic diseases, cancer, and other age-related diseases, as well as having positive effects on moods and human behaviour. However, the choice of high-quality chocolate (dark chocolate with lower fat and sugar) integrated into a balanced diet is crucial to obtain the health benefits described, and to avoid transforming a ‘divine food’ into a ‘junk food’.

Keywords:   anti-oxidants, aphrodisiac effects, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dark chocolate, functional food, human health, obesity

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .