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NEWS
February 1, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Cult notebook Moleskine's  Passion series includes a notebook for every burgeoning gastronome's obsession. That would be dedicated notebooks for beer, chocolate and coffee. And now wine. Keep your notes all in one place so you don't forget how much you liked that Musar Jeune from Chateau Musar in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley or that bar of Green & Black's organic chocolate. The Passions Wine Journal , billed as “your ideal wine cellar on paper,” has six sections to fill in: Sparkling, White, Rose, Red, Fortified/Sweet, Spirits.
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SCIENCE
August 3, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Archaeologists have found residues of cacao -- or chocolate -- on 2,500-year-old plate fragments from the Northern Maya Lowlands in Yucatan, Mexico. Although cacao residue has been found in cups from other sites that are 1,000 years older, this is the oldest trace of cacao in this northern region. Perhaps more important, it is the first evidence that the Maya used cacao for anything other than as a drink. The presence of cacao on a plate suggests that it was used as a spice or sauce for food.
HEALTH
June 7, 2010
I'll bet you had a lot of hits on your chocolate health benefits story. My survey of the news spin cycles finds that the three that always make health claims are chocolate, red wine and coffee. Decades ago, it was claimed smoking was good for you because it "exercised" your lungs. Tomorrow they'll be claiming oil-flavored seafood caught in the Gulf of Mexico is good for you because you can get more gas in your engine. Please, as John Lennon said, "just gimme the truth." Dan McAloon Sydney, Australia • If there is even a glimmer of hopefulness or a specter of forthcoming favorable news that chocolate has any beneficial, redeeming qualities aside from the fact that its taste is just this side of heaven, we as the human race, including me, will most assuredly jump on the possibility that something so good can also be good for you. Bill Spitalnick Newport Beach Don't knock my Pop-Tarts I read your May 31 article on whole grains and came away thinking nutritionists are missing the boat when it comes to nutrition.
SCIENCE
September 20, 2012 | By Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times
Scientists have discovered a brain area that helps control your desire to eat sweet, hyper-palatable foods like chocolate. The area, part of a larger brain region called the striatum, had previously been primarily linked to the control of physical movement. The new research, published this week in the journal Current Biology and carried out in rats, adds the piece of neuronal turf to a growing list of areas whose function can best be described as, "Oooh, I want some of that!" The scientists, from the University of Michigan, studied the area because there were some hints that it might be involved in reward-seeking behavior, specifically in encoding just how rewarding something should feel.
NEWS
March 3, 1985 | United Press International
A fire melted hundreds of pounds of chocolate at the landmark Van Duyn chocolate factory Saturday.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Some day, the Hershey chocolate you eat may come in all sorts of weird shapes and sizes. The Hershey Co. this week announced it has agreed to a multiyear partnership with 3D Systems, a company known for building a 3D printer capable of creating objects out of foods, including chocolate. "Whether it's creating a whole new form of candy or developing a new way to produce it, we embrace new technologies such as 3D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future,” said William Papa, The Hershey Co.'s chief research and development officer, in a statement . PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 Hershey is the first major food company to jump into 3D printing and it could pay off for the chocolate maker should 3D-printed confectioneries take off. 3D Systems gained some attention earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show where it showcased the ChefJet, which was printing chocolate objects at the electronics convention.
SCIENCE
June 5, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Eating dark chocolate may protect your heart. Mary B. Engler and her colleagues at UC San Francisco fed 1.6-ounces of dark chocolate to 22 volunteers daily for two weeks. Half received bars containing dark chocolate's typically high levels of flavonoids, half placebo bars. Those in the high-flavonoid group showed a significant relaxation of blood vessels compared with tests done before chocolate consumption.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Chocoholics were given further reason to rejoice when a small clinical study showed that dark chocolate improved the function of blood vessels. "In this sample of healthy adults, dark chocolate ingestion over a short period of time was shown to significantly improve [blood vessel] function," said Dr. Valentine Yanchou Njike of Yale Prevention Research Center, a study co-investigator.
NEWS
July 22, 2010 | Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Here's some news you've been waiting for: Chocolate is a health food! Well, maybe not. But it can be part of a healthy diet. It's true – 70% of dietitians said you can eat 100 calories worth of chocolate each day "while maintaining a balanced lifestyle." Nearly as many agreed that you could eat that much chocolate daily and still lose weight. OK, so that survey was not scientific, and the results don't necessarily reflect the opinions of dietitians as a whole. But the survey sponsor is still eager to share its finding that nine out of 10 registered dietitians say people are more likely to stick with a weight-loss diet if the plan includes "treats."
FOOD
August 20, 1992
I enjoyed reading about the fudge-y brownies ("America's Best," July 30) in The Times but was worried that readers might not be aware that chocolate is poisonous to dogs. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, even as small an amount as 0.04 ounce per kilogram of body weight can produce signs of chocolate poisoning in a dog, and 10 times that amount (0.4 ounce per kilogram) can actually kill a dog. I'm glad your dog didn't experience any problems eating the brownies, but maybe The Times should consider putting a little note in some future edition about chocolate not being safe for dogs.
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