on 26 February 2009
You need to take some of the more ecstatic conclusions drawn about the health benefits of chocolate contained in this book with a significant pinch of salt. However, unlike in some other books that purport to describe the health benefits of chocolate, at least this one does refer to scientific studies that have been carried out to back up claims, even if it is not always clear exactly which studies are being referred to. By and large the author does not overestimate the potential health benefits of chocolate, but occasionally she uses sweeping statements in favour that are at odds with the scientific evidence she has just cited. That being said this is not a bad book. I would recommend it as a starter on the subject - then use the bibliography at the back of the book to go into more detail. Scientifically proved benefits of chocolate (in the amounts normally consumed by adults) are still relatively limited, but, the fact that science seems to indicate that such a wonderfully indulgent product as chocolate (and I refer to high cocoa solid chcolate here, not milk chocolate) is at worst neutral, rather than bad for you, should be seen as good news in itself!