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Is chocolate allowed?

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Created September 02, 2010 at 5:57 PM

I am new to the paleo lifestyle.

Is chocolate allowed? If so, what kinds?

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on January 08, 2012
at 09:48 AM

Wonder if anyone's had any luck with stevia sweetened chocolate? Create a new superfood: cocoa reduces cholesterol and stevia has been used to reduce type 2 diabetes ...

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on January 07, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Are you promoting your company here?

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on February 01, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Oh god I couldn't agree more! How lucky are we :D

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on September 09, 2010
at 11:40 PM

I'm a recovering chocoholic, and you might consider trying what I tried, which is to gradually step up your percentage of dark chocolate. I used to be grossed out by 72%, now I'm okay with 90%, and make a chocolate dessert every few weeks to share with coworkers. Note that ancestral (South American) chocolate use was limited to spicy sugarless hot chocolate, so you could try that route too. I've got some raw cacao that I might experiment with--one advantage to that is you're not likely to binge on raw cacao.

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on September 05, 2010
at 01:09 PM

Agreed - I had soe 99% stuff a few weeks ago - that was a bit too much frankly

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on September 04, 2010
at 09:41 PM

I suggest 85% or darker... If you can keep yourself from gorging. ;)

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on September 03, 2010
at 02:01 PM

very concise, well-put

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on September 03, 2010
at 06:06 AM

The recipe is a work in progress. She's going to add more coconut next time, and try a different dark chocolate blend. I'll be posting the recipe on my blog soon, but in the meantime, here's the base recipe: http://www.elanaspantry.com/almond-joy-chocolate-bark/ Enjoy!

5be844214037850c304c1e6a05dc5277

on September 03, 2010
at 02:00 AM

Umm yes recipe please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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on September 03, 2010
at 12:50 AM

Wow! Did you wife make that from scratch? It looks amazing.

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on September 02, 2010
at 09:01 PM

My mom made a similar concoction w/ just dark cocoa powder and coconut oil. It had to be refrigerated to be "hard", but the taste was great!

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on September 02, 2010
at 08:55 PM

If it's not allowed than most of us should be arrested. Haha. Do what works for you. Try out life without chocolate, then after awhile add some good chocolate in...see if it makes a difference.

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on September 02, 2010
at 08:30 PM

You seem to be new here, so welcome. As you get more experience, I think you will stop thinking about whether things are "allowed." Start thinking about whether things make evolutionary sense; whether they are healthy; whether you personally tolerate them well; whether the risk/reward is worth it.

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5be844214037850c304c1e6a05dc5277

on September 03, 2010
at 12:09 AM

Perfectly acceptable I think!

I have a low-sugar dark chocolate (74% cocoa) and hazelnut bar that comes in at 21g sugar per 100g bar. I view this literally as a piece of fruit, if anything healthier than your average piece of fruit! It has less sugar than many fruit, good fats in the cocoa butter, and better antioxidants/polyphenols/phytonutrients than most fruit! Cocoa has a huge amount of empirical evidence in favour of its use in a healthy diet.

I eat a 100g (3.5 oz) block a day! Sometimes for breakfast :) My coworkers think I am crazy, but they haven't been saying much lately since veins started popping up on my abs!

Paleo really is almost too good to be true!

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on February 01, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Oh god I couldn't agree more! How lucky are we :D

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on February 01, 2011
at 08:25 PM

I dislike anything under 80% now, and have found that what I want isn't the sugar,it's the fat and the chocolate.It's easy to make at home..some coconut fat and cocoa..if you want nuts/fruit/sweetener throw it in.That way you skip nasties like the soy emulsifiers.

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B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on September 03, 2010
at 12:00 AM

PALEO Almond Joy Bark. Yes, here's a pic. My wife just texted me that image, and I'm looking forward to getting home even more than usual!

Since you're just getting started it's probably ok to think in black & white terms of "allowed" and "not allowed." But staying in that mind-frame will make things less enjoyable, IMO.

With that said, 80% - 90% chocolate is very low in sugar and actually has antioxidants. Enjoy some occasionally without over-doing it, and it's very unlikely that you will undo the benefits of following a paleo diet.

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on September 03, 2010
at 06:06 AM

The recipe is a work in progress. She's going to add more coconut next time, and try a different dark chocolate blend. I'll be posting the recipe on my blog soon, but in the meantime, here's the base recipe: http://www.elanaspantry.com/almond-joy-chocolate-bark/ Enjoy!

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on September 03, 2010
at 12:50 AM

Wow! Did you wife make that from scratch? It looks amazing.

5be844214037850c304c1e6a05dc5277

on September 03, 2010
at 02:00 AM

Umm yes recipe please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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on September 02, 2010
at 07:19 PM

If you want to be strict - no. However lots of people have some, especially the high cocoa percentage (say 70%).

Ultimately, if a bit of chocolate from time to time is a hook sufficient enough to keep you eating paleo most of the time, you'll be infinitely better off doing that than the SAD or other trash diet

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on September 04, 2010
at 09:41 PM

I suggest 85% or darker... If you can keep yourself from gorging. ;)

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on September 05, 2010
at 01:09 PM

Agreed - I had soe 99% stuff a few weeks ago - that was a bit too much frankly

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on September 02, 2010
at 11:21 PM

I have no trouble with the occasional piece of 85% dark chocolate... and more to the point, I feel that "I have no trouble with" is a good standard to use for the stuff that seems marginal. Some paleo folks won't eat bacon, I rarely start a day without it; some paleo folks eat/drink a lot of dairy, I rarely consume any other than butter. Put another way, beyond the obvious stuff like sugar and grains and the other neolithic disease agents, it sometimes depends on how your body reacts to stuff, because reactions vary widely.

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on September 03, 2010
at 02:01 PM

very concise, well-put

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on September 02, 2010
at 07:43 PM

Good answers on this page.

You'll find lots of other great thoughts in very similar PaleoHacks questions and answers:

  1. Chocolate - Is It Healthy?
  2. Why do some paleos eat chocolate even thought it is not a paleo food?
  3. Soy Lecithin in dark chocolate?
  4. Phytic Acid in Cocoa/Chocolate?

Please try to remember to do a basic search for answers (and to search the tags as well) before posting a question. :)

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on September 02, 2010
at 07:26 PM

I usually eat an ounce or so or unsweetened chocolate when I'm feeling the cravings. Since it's pretty bitter, you usually can't eat too much anyway. I'm going to try making my own soon with cocoa powder, coconut oil and unsweetened coconut.

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on September 02, 2010
at 09:01 PM

My mom made a similar concoction w/ just dark cocoa powder and coconut oil. It had to be refrigerated to be "hard", but the taste was great!

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on September 02, 2010
at 06:37 PM

There is controversy in the paleo/primal community about whether "cocoa", not chocolate, is allowed. chocolate always has sugar & other additives in it (including milk). I'm of the opinion that raw cacao (from the real cacao plant) is fine - use it like a spice.

Others I think will say a piece of dark chocolate every now and again can't hurt, may even be beneficial. If you "love" chocolate, or can't live without it, chocolate or cocoa powder may re-ignite cravings that might impede your progress.

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on March 02, 2012
at 04:21 AM

Well I think is ok, what I got as a treat is pure RAW cacao with melassa and cinnamon, use it as treat or even as an option for hot cocoa (water only) ans tastes absolutely delicious

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on January 07, 2012
at 10:17 PM

I make a raw, absolutely delish chocolate with all organic ingredients. My company is Raw Cha Cha. You will be able to order online soon,but in the meantime you could ask yor local natural foods store if they will carry it. It is sweetened with raw organic honey. It is gluten,dairy,soy and gmo free.I have been a raw food it's for 3 years and have begun paleo recently.I eat raw chocolate almost every day...I believe if it works for you it's great,but I know people with allergies to it and they can only eat it in small doses.I love paleo because there are so many more options for recipes and just a heap of health benefits.

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on January 07, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Are you promoting your company here?

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on February 01, 2011
at 08:32 PM

The only thing keeping me from consuming good dark chocolate is it all has processed sugar in it. Anytime I see "sugar free" it usually contains an artificial sweetener which is even worse than sugar itself.

I will try the hardened coconut oil+cocoa powder that sounds like a great idea thanks!

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on January 08, 2012
at 09:48 AM

Wonder if anyone's had any luck with stevia sweetened chocolate? Create a new superfood: cocoa reduces cholesterol and stevia has been used to reduce type 2 diabetes ...

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