Food Adjuncts: Chocolate and Cocoa

My Grandma and See’s candy,  now, there’s a duo. Every time we went to the mall, we would stop at See’s, get our sample and a few additional pieces – Boudreaux, mostly. My grandmother’s passion for that powerful Aztec elixir of wonder and ecstasy surpassed Dr. Bridges’ admonitions.

What could Dr. Bridges be talking about?

Theobromine, C7H8N4O2 is found in many other foods including tea, and kola nut. Moreover, has similar attribute as caffeine. Theobromine is derived from the Greek theo (God) and brosi (food) meaning “food of the god’s”,  -ine to denotes alkaloid. Maybe the Aztecs were on to something…?

The American journal of Clinical Nutrition and Hershey’s Nutrition and Wellness cite that the therapeutic use of theobromine as diuretic, a vasodilator, and stimulant of the central nervous system by increasing the heartbeat.

As for antioxidants,…the amount of bioavailable flavanol antioxidants in 2 tablespoons of natural cocoa is more than 3 ½ cups of green tea, ¾ cup of blueberries, and 1 1/3 glasses of red wine.  All that in 2 tiny squares of dark chocolate!!! Sweet!!! See’s Candy the “Happy and Healthy Habit” (Well…in moderation)

My Grandma’s Dietetics

I was looking through my bookshelves and realized I have never had the chance to read through this book; Dietetics for the Clinician.  It was passed on to me when my grandfather had passed in late 2008. Since then, it has sat on my shelve next to all the other cookbooks I inherited from my grandmother, along with her prized Heloise’s Housekeeping Hint.

Anyway, I thought is would be fun to randomly peruse through the tome and compare her dietetics to modern-day and see if anything has changed. So her’s the bibliographic information on this text:

Dietetics for the Clinician, Milton Arlanden Bridges, BS, M.D., F.A.C.P.,  Third Edition, Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia. Copyright 1937.
I did some research on Dr. Bridges and as it turns out he was in the middle of writing the 4th edition when he was met with and untimely death. Dr. Bridges was Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Lecturer in Therapeutics and Nutrition, New York Post-graduate Medical School of Columbia University. Director of Medicine, Detention, Rikers Island and West Side hospitals, New York; Consulting Physician, Seaview Hospital Staten Island, New York. Just from that alone I can tell the volume is going to be chock full of epidemiological research, lol.

Here is the JAMA abstract on the text: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=246061#AuthorInformation