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February 2000 Issue

Addicted to Chocolate? Finding a Way to Rationalize the Craving

Q.What is it in chocolate that makes people, especially women, crave it?A. Although chocolate (from the Theobrama cocoa tree) has been revered for hundreds of years, first by the Aztecs, who drank a spicy, bitter drink called "xocolatl," pronounced shoco-latle (sound familiar?), scientists are still trying to explain what makes it so appealing, even addictive, as some contend. While theories abound, we do know the cravings are real. So if your idea

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