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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.
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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.
NEWS
March 3, 1985 | United Press International
A fire melted hundreds of pounds of chocolate at the landmark Van Duyn chocolate factory Saturday.
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.
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.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Isabella Alsobrook
For the month of June, I am only buying food that has never left a 100-mile radius of my house and, for the most part, it has been pretty great. The produce tastes delicious , I constantly meet people passionate about food, and I am stepping out of my comfort zone as a cook. Yet, there are times when being a locavore is a complete pain. Yes, it is frustrating not to be able to go out to eat and to have to grill each farmer to pinpoint where everything was grown, but I never anticipated the biggest challenges.
TRAVEL
August 18, 1996
Joanna Miller's Ventura weekend ("Beach and Boardwalk," June 30) evoked a wonderful sense of the place and pleasures therein. Somehow, one pleasure overlooked was that Ventura is now a destination for world-class chocoholics (like me) heading for the Trufflehound at 607 E. Main St. Celebrities from Ojai (no names please) come to Ventura now especially for Trufflehound chocolates. Try them--you'll be back! LOIS SIDNEY West Hollywood
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