The allure of Cocoa

In this short piece, Jennifer Evans explores the cultural attractions of chocolate and its social implications:

“By this pleasing drink health is preserved, sickness diverted, It cures Consumption and Cough of the Lungs; it expels poison, cleanest the teeth, and sweetneth the Breath; it provokes Urine; cureth the stone and strangury, maketh Fatt and Corpulent, faire and amenable, it cureth the running of the Reins, with sundry other desperate Diseases; it causeth Conception”

http://earlymodernmedicine.com/comfortingcocoa/

Aside

‘If the people let the Government decide what foods they eat and medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny’