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Show 939: Health Benefits of Chocolate (Archive)

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Chocolate has long been considered a sinful indulgence, definitely not a food that belongs in any “healthy” diet. But over the past few decades, evidence has been building that consuming chocolate actually offers specific health benefits. What are they, and what is the best way to get your dose of beneficial cocoa compounds? We talk with the experts about how chocolate affects blood pressure, stroke, and even Nobel Prize potential. And we get a peek at how to produce great tasting chocolate from a master.

Guests: Eric Ding, PhD, is an epidemiologist and nutrition scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Susanna Larsson, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Division of Nutritional Epidemiology at the Institute of Environmental Medicine of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Her meta-analysis on chocolate consumption and stroke was published in Neurology.

Joseph Maroon, MD, FACS, Vice Chairman and Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has been the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1980.

Franz Messerli, MD, FACC, FACP, is Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University college of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. His article on chocolate consumption, cognitive function, and Nobel laureates was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

John Scharffenberger is co-founder of Scharffen Berger Chocolate. With his business Partner, Dr. Robert Steinberg, he set off a new wave of chocolate making to the US.

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