History & Culture

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History & Culture Entries

David Wolfe's TED Talk on Raw Chocolate
David Wolfe talks about his passion for Raw Chocolate at TED
Geographic and Genetic Population Differentiation of the Amazonian Chocolate Tree (Theobromacacao L)
Study of cacao diversity including geographic sampling which identifies 10 genetic clusters (rather than two). This study also provides insights into the diversification of Amazon species, and into the origin of the traditional cacao cultivars.
Flavanols, the Kuna, cocoa consumption, and nitric oxide
The Kuna Indians, who reside in an archipelago on the Caribbean Coast of Panama, have very low blood pressure (BP) levels, live longer than other Panamanians, and have a reduced frequency of myocardial infarction, stroke, diabetes mellitus, and cancer
Theobroma Cacao Food of the Gods
"In 1753 Carl von Linneaeus, the Sweidish scientist, thought that chocolate was so important that he named the genus and species of the chocolate tree himself. He named this tree Theobroma Cacao, which literally means: cacao, the food of the gods. Just what the indigenous Native Americans called it." Naked Chocolate, David Wolfe
History, Culture & Archeology
The medicinal use of cacao, or chocolate, both as a primary remedy and as a vehicle to deliver other medicines, originated in the New World and diffused to Europe in the mid 1500s.