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Health Food of Barouque Era

A Curious Treatise of the Nature and Quality of Chocolate

Wealthy 16th and 17th century Europeans drank hot chocolate for reasons of health. When the Spanish introduced chocolate to Europe, the native Mesoamerican “food of the gods” became a drug, a treatment prescribed in the humoral medical system of the day.

In this facsimile from a 1640 English translation of an earlier work, a Spanish physician lists the many health-related effects of chocolate.