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How to reduce phytic acid in cocoa/chocolate

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 30, 2010 at 12:13 AM

I know chocolate isn't paleo, but I was wondering if there was some way to reduce the phytic acid in cocoa or chocolate by cooking/fermenting?

I had an idea to add cocoa to a yoghurt (also not paleo!) would that work to reduce the phytic acid?

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on July 02, 2014
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how do I favorite this?

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on July 02, 2014
at 08:04 PM

LOVE THIS! YAY FOR COCOA!

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on October 18, 2013
at 08:06 PM

um, no.

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on January 12, 2012
at 02:13 PM

she asked about removal of it, not what it is.

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on April 30, 2010
at 07:07 PM

That's no reason not to ask it. ;) The answer might be helpful to others.

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on April 30, 2010
at 06:26 PM

I already know the answer.

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on April 30, 2010
at 03:04 PM

Good answer Matthew!

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You should ask this as a separate question; not as an answer to another question.

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on April 30, 2010
at 10:31 AM

All cocoa seeds are ferented naturally for a few days after they are picked to make them edible. They are then broken into nibs, roasted and and then ground into cocoa powder and butter. The cocoa power is often then dutched (mixed with alkali) to make it less acidic.

All this processing probably has as much effect on antinutrients in the cocoa as you are going to get. Anything else you try to do yourself would be more likely to just make it unappetizing in my opinion. Roasting probably reduces the phytates so you could avoid raw cocoa or chocolate.

Just enjoy your cocoa and chocolate for what it is, you are unlikely to eat enough for the phytates, oxalates etc to have any effect on your health.

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on April 30, 2010
at 03:04 PM

Good answer Matthew!

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on July 02, 2014
at 08:04 PM

LOVE THIS! YAY FOR COCOA!

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on May 08, 2010
at 01:39 PM

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on January 12, 2012
at 02:13 PM

she asked about removal of it, not what it is.

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on October 18, 2013
at 08:07 PM

if you dont eat cocoa frequently, its not a problem. its a problem for wheat because wheat is a staple in many cultures. i dont think there are many people having a big glass of chocolate milk with every meal

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on October 18, 2013
at 06:31 PM

Phytic acid has more benefits than drawbacks

Phytic Acid: The Ultimate Anti-Aging Compound?

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on October 18, 2013
at 08:06 PM

um, no.

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on January 12, 2012
at 02:09 PM

In small amounts phytic acid may be beneficial and is unlikely to hijack too many minerals.

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on January 12, 2012
at 12:46 PM

Pouring hot water over cocoa powder should help get rid of some.

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on April 30, 2010
at 01:22 PM

What's wrong with phytic acid, aside from being a common target on paleo blogs? Did you know many people supplement with it?

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on April 30, 2010
at 06:26 PM

I already know the answer.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on April 30, 2010
at 07:07 PM

That's no reason not to ask it. ;) The answer might be helpful to others.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on April 30, 2010
at 03:04 PM

You should ask this as a separate question; not as an answer to another question.

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