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How much dark chocolate do you eat per day?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I've had a look to see if this question has been asked before and haven't seen it so apologies if I've missed it!

For those of you who are dark chocolate fans - How much of it do you eat per day?

At the moment, I'm eating about 4 squares of the Lindt 85% dark chocolate at approx 10.30am with a cup of tea each morning.

I'm now wondering if this is considered 'too much' to eat per day? How much is considered a healthy amount? Or should we even eat it every day?

I would love to know your thoughts!

Thanks all :)

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on May 09, 2013
at 02:31 AM

god dammit, this is great information, ha, I can add this to my nerdy plant knowledge, thank you for this...I love the malvaeae family!

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on May 09, 2013
at 02:29 AM

try sunspire brand, if you can find it, they have a 100% organic chocolate bar, its really good and you can just melt it down and sweeten it up with stevia if you really really need too :)

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on May 05, 2013
at 01:00 PM

try the sunspire brand %100 baking chocolate, its organic, fair trade, and SOSO much better then the ghiradelli. I have a ton of sensitivities too, the ingredients are %100 organic chocolate, nothing else, no soy lecithin...etc. the company is pretty sensitive to allergens in general, I trust they have good practices and haven't noticed any ill effects.

Medium avatar

(1097)

on May 05, 2013
at 01:20 AM

Funny that you posted that, Cait, because soy lecithin-containing chocolate even 85%dark or more, still gives me a stomach ache while lecithin-free chocolate just doesn't.

B2379df17e386c4455996b186731db5e

(209)

on May 02, 2013
at 09:10 PM

Go hard or go home!

04a4f204bc2e589fa30fd31b92944549

(975)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:03 AM

Sort of! white sugar is filtered using bone char, which comes from cows almost always.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on March 22, 2013
at 09:04 PM

I don't know, how much? Or are you just so much more Paleo than everyone else who does eat it? (Cacao is not a legume, BTW. Legumes are in the Fabaceae family. Cacao is Malvaceae or Sterculiaceae family, depending on how recent the source. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvaceae)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on March 22, 2013
at 08:57 PM

I don't know, how much? Or are you so much more Paleo than the rest of us and enjoy pointing it out?

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on March 22, 2013
at 12:43 PM

I agree. Come on people.A square and put it away, never. A crime! My personal preference the orange or mint giddy yo yo bar (raw chocolate, fair trade, first ingredient-love:) Check them out. Dairy, soy, corn, refined sugar free. OMG:)

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:21 AM

Hershey bars taste like wax to me.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:20 AM

A square or two here and there of 80-90% chocolate probably has an inconsequential amount of sugar, but folks eating a bar a day are just, well, eating a candy bar every day.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:18 AM

Same here, too much dark chocolate messes with my stomach, especially on an empty stomach or if I have it every day. I can have 3-4 squares every 2nd or 3rd day max.

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 08, 2012
at 07:37 AM

It could also be the soy lecithin!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on May 07, 2012
at 10:26 PM

Yes the lesser of many evils but hardly a good thing. I am not sure that daily ingestion is a good thing but one or two squares probably won't hurt most. A bar a day? That's just wrong no matter how you slice it.

Aacabe21bcb2c8a5a15717d60447c1f4

(144)

on March 12, 2012
at 04:48 PM

You should try 100% cacao if you find yourself about to slip up again. It'll give you that dark chocolate flavor fix without the sugar addiction. It's way more self-regulating than chocolate with any amount of sugar in it, in my experience. I've been having a lot of chocolate-bingeing phases and I can feel out of control on 90% cocoa, but after a certain amount of thick bitter 100% you can just look at the next square and truly feel "okay enough I am DONE."

3408e1d1c7d6b49fca2edb96b433ff9b

(129)

on March 04, 2012
at 09:14 PM

Ghiradelli is also not gluten free. It does give a warning on the label in the back.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19142)

on January 28, 2012
at 12:24 PM

Ouch, I hope they haven't taken to putting in barley malt in their other bars.

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

(522)

on January 28, 2012
at 12:01 PM

Thanks so much everybody for your answers/experiences and input :) Since posting this question, I've actually developed some of my pre-Paleo health issues, eczema being one :( I've put it down to the dark chocolate so will by laying off it for a while as a test. Not too pleased but willing to give it a go to see if the eczema clears up again!

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

(522)

on January 28, 2012
at 11:54 AM

Sara S... My tolerance to gluten is zero and I think that after eating quite a bit of Lindt 85% the last month or so, it has triggered coeliac symptoms - Mainly eczema. I'm going to give up the chocolate for a bit to see if the symptoms subside, fingers crossed!!

76d70438d2442d21206b8e5528d23d23

(1098)

on January 20, 2012
at 02:01 PM

You got it; dark chocolate is seen as the lesser of many evils. And honestly, if my only practical choices were the 85-90% stuff or the junk with maltitol in it, I would go with the sugar, too! Commercially made chocolate with reasonable sweeteners in it is too pricey for most of us. I get around the dilemma in part by making my own candy, but there are some very valid reasons why many people just can't do that.

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(2301)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:46 PM

what is "PGPR"? never even heard of that one.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:27 PM

i do the SAME thing! i am not a sugar addict but for some reason i crave teh dark chocolate. dont like milk chocolate

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on January 18, 2012
at 08:19 AM

Certainly do, it's not for everyone i guess, but i like thr texture personally.

0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

(2240)

on January 18, 2012
at 06:24 AM

Hmm, didn't think about the caffeine, I will look into that. That's what happened to me those times, too. I was eating a bit of chocolate while preparing a meal.

2d1125a5eac227aacba801bcab3bb9b8

(331)

on January 17, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Agreed! The Hershey's natural cocoa is delicious. I make mine with half hot water from the kettle and half whole milk. So good.

2d1125a5eac227aacba801bcab3bb9b8

(331)

on January 17, 2012
at 11:55 PM

Haha! +1 for "shouty ingredients." That's hilarious.

0e5045fb58c84420a8eb7ee8d41dfc12

(258)

on January 17, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Do you eat them srtaight? I've tried, but the texture is just too grainy for me...

0e5045fb58c84420a8eb7ee8d41dfc12

(258)

on January 17, 2012
at 09:02 PM

Do you eat them srtaight? I've tried, but the texture is just too grainy for me...

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on January 17, 2012
at 09:01 PM

Wow. I had the same issue. And yes, always if I ate it on an empty stomach (which sucked, because I would like to have a square or two when I got home from work while I was making my dinner). My thought was that I am hyper-sensitive to caffiene and the amount of caffiene in 85% chocolate was not insignificant. But I'd welcome any other theories.

37bef02febd6f751fa8f2993dc44dde3

(105)

on January 17, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Mark Sisson has this to say about soy lecithin: "Soy lecithin is simply the byproduct of soy oil extraction. It’s not hydrogenated soybean oil, folks allergic to soy can eat it without ill effect, and lecithin actually contains choline and phospholipids that can be quite beneficial. Don’t go out of your way to eat soy lecithin for any health benefits (egg yolks and liver are far better sources of choline), but don’t pass on some excellent dark chocolate simply because “soy” appears on the package." So snack on! Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/grapefruit-fasting/#ixzz1jkwYe5vM

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on January 17, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Worst of all they are shouty ingredients.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on January 17, 2012
at 05:05 PM

I used to work in dark chocolate production, and one of the chocolatiers would just suck on cocoa nibs all day- I couldn't do it, they were so so bitter!!! Mixed in with nuts and shredded coconut however...very good!

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on January 17, 2012
at 04:29 PM

Oh, I have had that Divine bar. It really is delicious.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on January 17, 2012
at 03:42 PM

Wow, I got up and downvoted for a famous Spanish proverb. I wonder if by the same person? Escurrir el bulto.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11693)

on January 17, 2012
at 03:13 PM

There's lots of crap in a Hershey bar: Ingredients: SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, MILK FAT, LACTOSE, SOY LECITHIN, PGPR, VANILLIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, AND MILK Better stick to some high-quality dark chocolate.

0e5045fb58c84420a8eb7ee8d41dfc12

(258)

on January 17, 2012
at 02:31 PM

I am in the same boat - I am a sugar addict and this is part of my process. I was eating 40 grams (4 squares) of Lindt 90% cocoa chocolate per day and now I’ve transitioned to 43 grams (1/2 a bar) of World Market 99% cocoa per day (always with macadamia nuts, as they seem to enhance the flavor). I saw this brand recommended elsewhere on PH and even with shipping, they are under $2.50 per bar. With 1 gram of sugar, I’m not beating myself up over it.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on January 17, 2012
at 01:46 PM

I try to keep it to one or two squares per day - I don't always succeed!

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on January 17, 2012
at 01:01 PM

I can confirm that Lindt 85% dark, while containing no gluten ingredients itself, has enough gluten from cross-contamination to give me a celiac-reaction. So if you have celiac disease like me and/or you're sensitive to gluten, I recommend going with a different chocolate.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on January 17, 2012
at 01:01 PM

Note that a lot of chocolate coming from Ivory Coast (which is almost 40% of world production) is made with slave labor. I'm not talking about "slave labor," I'm talking real slaves who work for bare essential upkeep and are forced to work. Lindt sources their chocolate from Ghana which supposedly doesn't use slave labor.

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on January 17, 2012
at 12:26 PM

I eat Lindt 90% every day, or the local grocery brand 85%. I can't find 100% here. I was a serious sugar addict and it is the one thing I still allow myself other than fruit that satisfies my sweet tooth. I eat 4-6 squares a day. I'm hoping to be able to wean myself down to 2 a day or so, but I seriously love this stuff. Moderation has always been a challenge for me.:)

It's a good source of magnesium and good for blood pressure, I've heard, and last spring my blood pressure was strangely high (168/100 or so). Since I've cut sugar and grains and started eating dark chocolate, it has stabilized into the normal range (120s / 80s). I also supplement magnesium.

I also live in Switzerland so I also feel virtuous in supporting the local economy.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:27 PM

i do the SAME thing! i am not a sugar addict but for some reason i crave teh dark chocolate. dont like milk chocolate

0e5045fb58c84420a8eb7ee8d41dfc12

(258)

on January 17, 2012
at 02:31 PM

I am in the same boat - I am a sugar addict and this is part of my process. I was eating 40 grams (4 squares) of Lindt 90% cocoa chocolate per day and now I’ve transitioned to 43 grams (1/2 a bar) of World Market 99% cocoa per day (always with macadamia nuts, as they seem to enhance the flavor). I saw this brand recommended elsewhere on PH and even with shipping, they are under $2.50 per bar. With 1 gram of sugar, I’m not beating myself up over it.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19142)

on January 17, 2012
at 12:02 PM

I do several teaspoons of cocoa via coffee, or two large squares of 100% dark chocolate. I used to do 85% Lindt, but got used to the darker and darker stuff. The best bang for the buck from Lindt in that range is their 90% bars.

If you do go up to 99% you'll find that they're half the size by weight and about 2x the price, so you're paying 4x as much, BUT once you get hooked on the 90%+ stuff, go to the baking section of your super market and get the 100% baking versions of unsweetened dark chocolate from Ghirardelli, as they're almost exactly the same as the Lindt ones, but a lot more reasonable in cost.

Also for those of you looking at Lindt that aren't into dark chocolate, be very careful, some of their milk versions have barley in them!

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on January 17, 2012
at 01:01 PM

I can confirm that Lindt 85% dark, while containing no gluten ingredients itself, has enough gluten from cross-contamination to give me a celiac-reaction. So if you have celiac disease like me and/or you're sensitive to gluten, I recommend going with a different chocolate.

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

(522)

on January 28, 2012
at 11:54 AM

Sara S... My tolerance to gluten is zero and I think that after eating quite a bit of Lindt 85% the last month or so, it has triggered coeliac symptoms - Mainly eczema. I'm going to give up the chocolate for a bit to see if the symptoms subside, fingers crossed!!

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19142)

on January 28, 2012
at 12:24 PM

Ouch, I hope they haven't taken to putting in barley malt in their other bars.

3408e1d1c7d6b49fca2edb96b433ff9b

(129)

on March 04, 2012
at 09:14 PM

Ghiradelli is also not gluten free. It does give a warning on the label in the back.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on May 05, 2013
at 01:00 PM

try the sunspire brand %100 baking chocolate, its organic, fair trade, and SOSO much better then the ghiradelli. I have a ton of sensitivities too, the ingredients are %100 organic chocolate, nothing else, no soy lecithin...etc. the company is pretty sensitive to allergens in general, I trust they have good practices and haven't noticed any ill effects.

6
235b077872243d4ee5796c6ace3c0970

on November 14, 2012
at 05:02 AM

Most days I eat none. Zilch. Zero.

Today, I ate 8 ounces. I have my period. Fuck it.

6
Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on January 17, 2012
at 03:43 PM

I eat about 1/4 to 1/3 of a bar per day... several different kinds, but mostly Trader Joes 85% "Dark Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Bar". Not really because it's my favorite though. It's just that it's extremely available and only $1.50 per bar, which is a ridiculous price for 85% dark chocolate. The only bummer about it is that it does say "soy lecithin" in the ingredients. I know it can't be much but I usually avoid soy anything. However, I have read somewhere (I forget where) that a litlle soy lecithin actually is good for natural man lube... i.e. the clear "pre" stuff. Now I am gonna go look that up. Anyway, sorry to take this discussion of chocolate there.

how-much-dark-chocolate-do-you-eat-per-day?

Also, lately I have been eating some Lindt 85% and a little bit of 90%. They are both delicious, and the 85% is actually on sale right now on Amazon for $24.78 for a 12 pack with free shipping. That works out to be about $2 a bar, and there is no soy lecithin in theirs. I think I am gonna order the 12 pack.

how-much-dark-chocolate-do-you-eat-per-day?

aaaaaaand, my wifey brought home a little treat the other day and I admit, I indulged. This little dealio right here was delicious. It's only 70% dark, so it's got some extra sugar, but as a treat, I liked it quite well. Very smooth mint flavor. It was divine indeed.

how-much-dark-chocolate-do-you-eat-per-day?

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on January 17, 2012
at 04:29 PM

Oh, I have had that Divine bar. It really is delicious.

37bef02febd6f751fa8f2993dc44dde3

(105)

on January 17, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Mark Sisson has this to say about soy lecithin: "Soy lecithin is simply the byproduct of soy oil extraction. It’s not hydrogenated soybean oil, folks allergic to soy can eat it without ill effect, and lecithin actually contains choline and phospholipids that can be quite beneficial. Don’t go out of your way to eat soy lecithin for any health benefits (egg yolks and liver are far better sources of choline), but don’t pass on some excellent dark chocolate simply because “soy” appears on the package." So snack on! Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/grapefruit-fasting/#ixzz1jkwYe5vM

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(1097)

on May 05, 2013
at 01:20 AM

Funny that you posted that, Cait, because soy lecithin-containing chocolate even 85%dark or more, still gives me a stomach ache while lecithin-free chocolate just doesn't.

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on January 17, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Usually around a square of Lindt 85% after lunch and another square or two after dinner. This time of year I also usually have a cup of cocoa (Hershey's natural) with some almond milk before bed. I personally don't want to see, and would promptly ignore, any research that said this was too much.

2d1125a5eac227aacba801bcab3bb9b8

(331)

on January 17, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Agreed! The Hershey's natural cocoa is delicious. I make mine with half hot water from the kettle and half whole milk. So good.

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Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

on January 17, 2012
at 06:06 PM

I used to eat about a bar a day of 90%. Once I started, my cravings were so high that I'd always have "just one more piece" until it was gone. Not so good for the body comp. Chocolate is good for some people, but for me I have to stick with zero now. I'm actually the same about snacking in general, so I've had to kill off all the snacking, in which case there's really not much call for chocolate anyway.

Aacabe21bcb2c8a5a15717d60447c1f4

(144)

on March 12, 2012
at 04:48 PM

You should try 100% cacao if you find yourself about to slip up again. It'll give you that dark chocolate flavor fix without the sugar addiction. It's way more self-regulating than chocolate with any amount of sugar in it, in my experience. I've been having a lot of chocolate-bingeing phases and I can feel out of control on 90% cocoa, but after a certain amount of thick bitter 100% you can just look at the next square and truly feel "okay enough I am DONE."

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0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

(2240)

on January 17, 2012
at 07:28 PM

I was allowing myself 1 bar of 85% Lindt per week at first (started paleo nov. 1st), but I noticed on two separate occasions that it sent me to the bathroom within 15 minutes if it was the first thing I ate. I seemed to be able to eat it with or after other food just fine, but by itself it seems to be bad news for me. Don't know if it's a gluten cross-reactivity thing or what, but it's been over 3 weeks now since I've had any and I was just starting to forget about chocolate altogether (until I saw your question!).

I like that there's a good bit of sat fat in dark chocolate, along with magnesium as others have mentioned. I did try the 90% which has a different but nice taste, too, though the one Green & Black's bar I tried was pretty awesome, but a bit pricier.

I'm considering re-introducing it after a few more weeks (with food) to see if I notice anything again. I could do without it entirely, I'm just curious more than anything.

0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

(2240)

on January 18, 2012
at 06:24 AM

Hmm, didn't think about the caffeine, I will look into that. That's what happened to me those times, too. I was eating a bit of chocolate while preparing a meal.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on January 17, 2012
at 09:01 PM

Wow. I had the same issue. And yes, always if I ate it on an empty stomach (which sucked, because I would like to have a square or two when I got home from work while I was making my dinner). My thought was that I am hyper-sensitive to caffiene and the amount of caffiene in 85% chocolate was not insignificant. But I'd welcome any other theories.

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 08, 2012
at 07:37 AM

It could also be the soy lecithin!

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:18 AM

Same here, too much dark chocolate messes with my stomach, especially on an empty stomach or if I have it every day. I can have 3-4 squares every 2nd or 3rd day max.

3
193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on January 17, 2012
at 06:41 PM

I read somewhere once that cacao can actually be as addictive and body-slowing as wheat.

However, with that said, I still enjoy my chocolate. Daily. With gust and verve.

I try and do the 85% Lindt stuff, but man, someone put a box of Frango mints (a Chicago thing) on our communal treat table at work and I totally had four. Not thrilled about that, but it happens.

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Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

on January 17, 2012
at 03:08 PM

It's not likely to be the biggest factor in your health so I wouldn't worry - personally though I'm sceptical of anything which I end up eating every day. I try and avoid that these days, but that's more a mental health thing.

3
8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on January 17, 2012
at 02:33 PM

Yummy question! I vary my dark chocolate between 65-85% between Equal Exchange and Lindt. I consume about 1-3 squares a day - with the 65-71% dark on days with physical activity, and the 85% on other days.

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0e395acc856e3353f3f5892e6b09b0e7

(1227)

on January 17, 2012
at 02:19 PM

Two squares of Lindt 90% Dark Chocolate ritualistically every day after lunch most days sometimes a little more, never less and sometimes it is the smoother Green & Black 85% dark, but always some dark chocolate. I wonder if I could skip a day? I doubt it. My local Kroger in Decatur GA carries both.

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Fd8cf1696bb79f053b2e02037c1be724

(100)

on January 17, 2012
at 12:26 PM

I know the exact amount because I'm a fitday obsessive: .6 oz (which on the bars I buy is 4 very small squares of 65% dark).

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778b36f4f699f202de135ef176fe9ab7

on January 17, 2012
at 12:08 PM

I love my chocolate. I can't give you a measurement on how much you should eat, but I've found that my body naturally seems to regulate this. I've learned to eat a square, stop and rest, and see how my belly feels. If I eat, say 4 squares at once, I generally get a tummy ache and then I'm done with it for a while. I also validate my chocolate consumption with the fact that I've given up so much already. I allow myself that luxery, but it's not a habit built into my every day life. It was at first. I would say that the first 3 months I ate chocolate religiously every day. Now I do it a couple times a week (or more when I'm PMSing!), whenever I feel that I need it :)

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11693)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:55 PM

Okay, I'm confused about dark chocolate. It seems very big to Paleos, but even the 85% or whatever still has sugar in it, right? So is dark chocolate simply seen as a lesser of many evils, or is there a memo I missed?

76d70438d2442d21206b8e5528d23d23

(1098)

on January 20, 2012
at 02:01 PM

You got it; dark chocolate is seen as the lesser of many evils. And honestly, if my only practical choices were the 85-90% stuff or the junk with maltitol in it, I would go with the sugar, too! Commercially made chocolate with reasonable sweeteners in it is too pricey for most of us. I get around the dilemma in part by making my own candy, but there are some very valid reasons why many people just can't do that.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on May 07, 2012
at 10:26 PM

Yes the lesser of many evils but hardly a good thing. I am not sure that daily ingestion is a good thing but one or two squares probably won't hurt most. A bar a day? That's just wrong no matter how you slice it.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:20 AM

A square or two here and there of 80-90% chocolate probably has an inconsequential amount of sugar, but folks eating a bar a day are just, well, eating a candy bar every day.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on January 17, 2012
at 03:39 PM

I don't weigh my food and each bar I buy is a different thickness but I tend to have 2-4 squares a day out of whatever package is handy. Of course being a chick means when ladytime comes a skipping in to visit perhaps this might fluctuate to 6. If I'm not in the mood then I don't have any. If at a movie could be half a bar. I never have a set time, either, on when I munch my tasty squares.

IMO it's definitely a personal preference - there's not going to be a right or a wrong with this one :)

Note: In the freezer I usually have, yes I prefer it out of the icebox, Mast, Dagoba, Askinosie, sometimes Lindt, Valrhona, Green & Black.

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on May 05, 2013
at 05:05 AM

I absolutely adore dark chocolate! I usually have one square of Lindt 85% dark chocolate every day, sometimes every second day. If I feel like it I will deter from the usual and get 70% dark chocolate.

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2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

on May 05, 2013
at 12:23 AM

ill have a bar per month at the most. the best I have found is 100% pure chocolate from sunspire, its not bitter or burnt tasting, its organic and the only ingredient is chocolate, no emulsifiers or soy.

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on May 02, 2013
at 09:29 PM

people with herpes (is that now about 50% of us?) should note that chocolate can be a trigger. how much varies from person to person in this case, and you have to be the scientist, and do your own experiment: see what you can take. if you've had a couple cups of coffee, then a smaller amount of chocolate can push the envelope, as can stress, and other factors that are common contributors to breakouts.

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(975)

on March 23, 2013
at 02:57 AM

Wow the only brand I have found to be free of milk and soy is Enjoy Life, its expensive, hard to come by, and still has a lot of sugar. So I rarely get to have my chocolate :'(

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on May 09, 2013
at 02:29 AM

try sunspire brand, if you can find it, they have a 100% organic chocolate bar, its really good and you can just melt it down and sweeten it up with stevia if you really really need too :)

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(333)

on March 23, 2013
at 02:17 AM

I absolutely love dark chocolate, 85% minimum. I like to try and taste as many as I possibly can. Some of my favorites are Green & Black 85%, Ghirardelli 86%, Sweet Riot 85%, and Valrhona 85%. There's the Alter Eco Blackout 85% if I want a change of pace, it has a pretty strong fruity after taste. My least favorite that I've had is Theo 85%. But! My absolute favorite is Endangered Species Black Panther Bar, 88%, I just bought an entire case the other day.

textareahow-much-dark-chocolate-do-you-eat-per-day?textarea

I need to try Lindt again, I tried it once and I think I got a bad bar, it was chalky and very light in color.

I eat about 1/4 a day usually. Sometimes if I'm in need of a small, convenient 'meal', I'll eat a whole bar.

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on March 22, 2013
at 11:28 AM

How much refined legumes with dehydrated UHT dairy and refined sugar do I eat a day?

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(10480)

on March 22, 2013
at 08:57 PM

I don't know, how much? Or are you so much more Paleo than the rest of us and enjoy pointing it out?

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(10480)

on March 22, 2013
at 09:04 PM

I don't know, how much? Or are you just so much more Paleo than everyone else who does eat it? (Cacao is not a legume, BTW. Legumes are in the Fabaceae family. Cacao is Malvaceae or Sterculiaceae family, depending on how recent the source. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvaceae)

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on May 09, 2013
at 02:31 AM

god dammit, this is great information, ha, I can add this to my nerdy plant knowledge, thank you for this...I love the malvaeae family!

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on December 05, 2012
at 12:09 PM

I'm addicted - I eat at least 2 - 4 squares everyday of Lindt 85% or 90% (just recently switched up to 90% in an attempt to curb my addiction but I find it just as moreish!). The Green & Black's 85% is sweeter tasting than Lindt in my opinion and I find it very difficult not to consume the entire bar once opened. I find all chocolates taste best at room temperature - the flavour is fuller.

I have recently bought some Willie's Wonky 100% pure cacao (venezuelan black) and shall be experimenting with it both as hot chocolate and straight from the block. Any one else tried this chocolate?

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on May 07, 2012
at 11:26 PM

One square of 100% chocolate - totally unsweetened (Baker's usually) - most days. Probably 5 days/week. I tell myself I can have it everyday, but sometimes I don't need it everyday. Sometimes (very occasionally) I'll buy Lindt 99% and the entire bar is gone in 2-3 days. Who knew 1% could make such a difference? Both very delicious, though.

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on May 07, 2012
at 10:10 PM

You guys are lightweights. ;-) I eat 1 bar most days - that's 80-100g per bar. 85, 88 or 90%. Tee hee. I agree with Nance in that if your body is doing what you want then this is hardly a bad indulgence.

But I'll keep an eye on the goals - if what happened to Michael (body comp issues) happens, then I might have to cold turkey it. I am not a moderation type.

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(3043)

on March 22, 2013
at 12:43 PM

I agree. Come on people.A square and put it away, never. A crime! My personal preference the orange or mint giddy yo yo bar (raw chocolate, fair trade, first ingredient-love:) Check them out. Dairy, soy, corn, refined sugar free. OMG:)

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(2682)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:25 PM

I go through stages with my chocolate. I eat however much I want (anywhere from none to the entire bar!), but every couple months I get a little chocolate-crazy and all I care about is my next piece of chocolate.

When it becomes a thought-consuming, uncontrollable desire, I don't buy or eat any chocolate for a couple weeks or more.

Then I start over...8)

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on January 18, 2012
at 01:45 PM

I make my own chocolate candy, with stevia and erythritol sweeteners, and eat as I feel like it. (I do let the budget have a say in how much is enough, though!)

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on January 17, 2012
at 09:57 PM

I get the trader joes 70% dark chocolate bars that are 100 cals each. I don't care about the calories so much but I like the dark and the fact that I can eat the whole bar and stop there. But I don't eat one everyday because I'm afraid it will become a slippery slide....

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 17, 2012
at 06:24 PM

I've been "clean" long enough that I can enjoy 90% dark chocolate but alas it's not at all addictive in that form so I don't eat it very often.

At Christmas I bought an 85% bar and ate a square of it every day with a few nuts and a little jerky. I found that very enjoyable but on a typical day I don't snack so I guess chocolate is a holiday thing for me now.

My opinion is that if you're healthy, happy with your weight and not having difficulties controlling your appetite you can have whatever gives you pleasure and doesn't jeopardize those factors.

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87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

on January 17, 2012
at 03:03 PM

I love raw cacao nibs ( the raw ingredient from the tree) you get that strong bitter chocolate flavour, no sugar. Not heated in processing, so the mineral ( magnesium) content is at it's best. Just 3-4 nut fulls is satisfying.

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(258)

on January 17, 2012
at 09:02 PM

Do you eat them srtaight? I've tried, but the texture is just too grainy for me...

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(258)

on January 17, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Do you eat them srtaight? I've tried, but the texture is just too grainy for me...

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(968)

on January 18, 2012
at 08:19 AM

Certainly do, it's not for everyone i guess, but i like thr texture personally.

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(32556)

on January 17, 2012
at 02:59 PM

Since I can't eat much fruit (FODMAPS intolerance), I eat 30-50 gm of 55-70% dark chocolate a day.

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(8574)

on January 17, 2012
at 12:05 PM

Las cosas claras y el chocolate espeso.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on January 17, 2012
at 03:42 PM

Wow, I got up and downvoted for a famous Spanish proverb. I wonder if by the same person? Escurrir el bulto.

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on May 05, 2013
at 10:33 PM

I have about 8~16g of cocoa powder daily. Usually dissolved in hot water and drunk - sometimes with a couple of eggs and coconut oil mixed in. Or I mix it with 100% coconut cream + tiny bit of stevia, leave it in the fridge and it turns into chocolate mousse drool

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(1227)

on May 05, 2013
at 12:54 PM

I've been eating dark chocolate (lindt's 85% or Green & Black's 85% mostly) for years 1 bar will last 3 or 4 days. Today is the day I'm giving it up as a test to see if I can. I find that I'm taking it like medicine instead of pleasure. It's like I think I must have chocolate! I don't like that. I'm answering this post to see my resolve in print. I don't think the chocolate per se is bad for me, but the obsession is uncomfortable.

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on May 04, 2013
at 09:26 PM

i eat a square of 100% bakers chocolate ($3.50 plus taw at the real canadian superstore) mixed with a half tbsp of honey, half a stevia scoop, a couple drops agave nectar, and a half tbsp of coconut oil (and the optional a half tsp of peanut oil as well). it is so good but i mix the amount with my chocolate as a feel fit since all that in moderation is supposed to be either good for you or not bad for you.

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on May 02, 2013
at 09:05 PM

I was hoping to see people eating at least 100 g per day, like myself! ;)

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(209)

on May 02, 2013
at 09:10 PM

Go hard or go home!

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(10480)

on March 22, 2013
at 09:05 PM

Per day? I don't really it eat everyday. Maybe one bar every one and a half to two months. Usually Lindt 85%.

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on March 22, 2013
at 07:40 PM

i wouldnt buy the chocolate you can get in stores as the beans are roasted and it will contain sugar. You can make your own raw chocolate quite easily though buy combining cacao powder, raw honey, and either cacao butter or coconut oil, and then placing into molds and into the fridge. The consistency wont hold up as well, but theyll sure be a lot better for you

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048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

on March 22, 2013
at 09:38 AM

I'm one of the few ones here I see that have given on regular chocolate bars because let's face it, they always have some sugar or artificial sweetener on it. A little bit once in a while may be OK but eating it every day... I hardly doubt it. And the problem here is that when you want chocolate that bad you cannot help it but eat it on a regular basis. I found myself that I needed to treat it almost like and addiction drug and try to keep far from it... sad but true.

So now, when I want to have some pleasant dessert I mix a teaspoon of pure organic cocoa powder into a yoghurt with some berries and I'm ready to go, it's really healthy with low sugar but very nutrient dense. I could add it just into my regular coffee also. The taste is pretty sour but I've come to enjoy it over the time and now every time I need less and less the sweet stuff. Put a little bit of Aroy-D coconut milk on it and you could get addicted hehe.

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on March 22, 2013
at 07:45 AM

i love to eat chocolate, quantity doesn't matter for me ;) but anyone tell me that is it true that beef used in making of chocolate ?

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(975)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:03 AM

Sort of! white sugar is filtered using bone char, which comes from cows almost always.

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(120)

on November 14, 2012
at 08:45 PM

Probably 1 square of 85%-90% 2-3 times a week. Lindt 90% is great but would be nice to find some other brands

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on November 14, 2012
at 04:43 PM

I eat a couple of squares of 85% chocolate 2-3 times a week...sometimes more though, especially around my period.

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on November 14, 2012
at 05:01 AM

I eat about 1-2 squares a day, depending on how I feel about going about my day. Usually I stick with the 70% dark but I have just tried the 85% dark and, quite frankly I like the 85% better. Nonetheless, I believe we will be totally functional with 1-2bars a day, as opposed to anyone else who consumes more I would say be careful. After all, a chocolate a day keeps the doctor away! http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/a_piece_of_chocolate_a_day_may_keep_the_doctor_away_20120717/

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on June 27, 2012
at 04:51 PM

I blend dates, coconut oil, cocoa powder and a little vanilla essence roll in to teaspoon sized balls and refrigerate, Chocolate truffles to rival any shop bought ones. I eat a couple each day.

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(5795)

on June 27, 2012
at 02:18 PM

I only eat 100% Cacao. Ate about 5 oz yesterday. Love it.

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(1207)

on June 27, 2012
at 04:06 AM

I get one to two squares of dark a day. I can't shake it, along with single malt islay scotch.

SERIOUSLY LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING

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on June 27, 2012
at 02:34 AM

I eat 99 percent 3squares every day thats the right amount according to DR OZ

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on January 17, 2012
at 09:20 PM

i never crave chocolate so its like a few times a year

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(3747)

on January 17, 2012
at 04:14 PM

I try not to eat chocolate bars. The cocoa is often dutch processed, stripping it of antioxidants, and there's a good amount of sugar even in the darkest varieties. Rather, I aim to consume cocoa nibs, which is the most natural source you can find. Unfortunately, they have a funny taste and are expensive so are somewhat harder to consume in quantity. You can find them on Amazon for a decent price. I add them to coconut ice cream, where they taste like chocolate chips. I also eat them in smoothies and with berries.

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(11577)

on January 17, 2012
at 05:05 PM

I used to work in dark chocolate production, and one of the chocolatiers would just suck on cocoa nibs all day- I couldn't do it, they were so so bitter!!! Mixed in with nuts and shredded coconut however...very good!

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on January 17, 2012
at 02:11 PM

i have always loved a hershey Bar because it dark milk chocolate and sugar, i could eat a dozen every day, all that dark chocolate yummy to my tummy. do you think i have no will power?

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on January 17, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Worst of all they are shouty ingredients.

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(11693)

on January 17, 2012
at 03:13 PM

There's lots of crap in a Hershey bar: Ingredients: SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, MILK FAT, LACTOSE, SOY LECITHIN, PGPR, VANILLIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, AND MILK Better stick to some high-quality dark chocolate.

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(331)

on January 17, 2012
at 11:55 PM

Haha! +1 for "shouty ingredients." That's hilarious.

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:46 PM

what is "PGPR"? never even heard of that one.

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(15833)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:21 AM

Hershey bars taste like wax to me.

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