Bow your Hamms to Chocolate (Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog)
An interesting history-related post from Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog:
Dieticians and quacks have long tried to convince humanity that certain foods can work wonders on our failing bodies. Beachcombing’s favourite example is Baldini’s De sorbetti (1775) where it is argued that Neapolitan ice-cream will cure everything from sniffles to tumours (another post another day). But there are others from, in the nineteenth century, Kellogs with his enemas and cornflakes to James H. Salisbury making the case that man is three-quarter carnivore. And just recently a new form of dietary madness has floated onto Beachcombing’s radar: the early modern obsession with life-giving chocolate.
Now chocolate does, of course, ...
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