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Chocolate and Skin Problems?

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Created November 26, 2011 at 1:10 PM

I've been enjoying 85% dark chocolate with tea as one of my staple treats. I've noticed though that my skin coloring hasn't been looking so great lately (a little oily, too), and I've been breaking out here and there. When I first adopted a paleo lifestyle, my skin was pristine. Do you think my recent skin issues could possibly be related to my chocolate consumption? I haven't been eating chocolate for two days and my skin is looking bright again. Could this be correlated? Also, sometimes I notice slight stomach discomfort after eating chocolate too.

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on December 05, 2011
at 03:40 PM

I absolutely hate oysters, but I'm going to try to eat them just so I can bring the chocolate back. I'm just so worried that my skin issues are going to come back!

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:21 PM

I'd go for adding in some zinc picolinate. Many folk are deficient, anyway, unless they eat oysters/shellfish regularly. Chocolate is SOUL food!

7bad6c4e7d681fab6a4aa4580f442e0c

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on December 03, 2011
at 08:08 PM

So I've been chocolate-free (a sad existence) for a week and three days, and my skin is 100% back to being glowy and bright. I'm thinking it must have been a copper vs. zinc imbalance. Only thing now is I'm afraid to ever incorporate chocolate back into my diet, but I do miss having something sweet. If I were to take a zinc supplement, would that balance out the high copper in chocolate? Or do I have to give up the chocolate for good?

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on November 27, 2011
at 10:32 PM

For the whole bar (100g)

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on November 27, 2011
at 02:49 AM

Is that 12g sugar per serving (which is like 1/3 the bar), or for the entire bar?

7bad6c4e7d681fab6a4aa4580f442e0c

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on November 26, 2011
at 10:00 PM

Oh wow, interesting.. I've never heard about this. Funny though, because dairy is listed as a cross-reactor and yet I've had no problems with it.

7bad6c4e7d681fab6a4aa4580f442e0c

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on November 26, 2011
at 09:59 PM

Nope, not losing weight.. I'm tiny to begin with. I really think it has to do with the chocolate (sadly)!

7bad6c4e7d681fab6a4aa4580f442e0c

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on November 26, 2011
at 09:59 PM

Definitely not the dairy, I've eaten it here and there and it's not caused a problem.

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on November 26, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Similar experience here. I don't eat a lot of chocolate, but I'd say 20-50 grams a week. It's 80%+, and no skin problems.

A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

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on November 26, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Actually, 85% *is* about 12%-15% sugar, at least in the bars I'm eating. For a 100g bar of 88%, I get about 12g sugar. Oh, the horror! It's about as much as you'd get from 100g of blueberries. I'm not too worried.

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on November 26, 2011
at 03:33 PM

Actually, 85% chocolates have less than 6g of sugar. The remaining 15% has to do with milk solids, not sugars.

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0f32ad570e3bf419432429d3ac842405

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on November 26, 2011
at 01:37 PM

could be a copper vs. zinc imbalance (chocolate = high in copper)... that would yet not really explain the stomach discomfort. Also 85% is still 15% sugar ;)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on November 27, 2011
at 02:49 AM

Is that 12g sugar per serving (which is like 1/3 the bar), or for the entire bar?

A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

(1377)

on November 26, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Actually, 85% *is* about 12%-15% sugar, at least in the bars I'm eating. For a 100g bar of 88%, I get about 12g sugar. Oh, the horror! It's about as much as you'd get from 100g of blueberries. I'm not too worried.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on November 26, 2011
at 03:33 PM

Actually, 85% chocolates have less than 6g of sugar. The remaining 15% has to do with milk solids, not sugars.

A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

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on November 27, 2011
at 10:32 PM

For the whole bar (100g)

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on November 26, 2011
at 06:26 PM

Apparently chocolate is a gluten cross-reactor. Do you break out when you eat wheat? How long have you been paleo? You may be in the process of healing a leaky gut, and anything that disturbs the healing (ie. gluten cross reactors) could cause skin/stomach problems. I'd probably stay away from chocolate for a while, keep eating clean paleo, then maybe try some more in a few months.

7bad6c4e7d681fab6a4aa4580f442e0c

(707)

on November 26, 2011
at 10:00 PM

Oh wow, interesting.. I've never heard about this. Funny though, because dairy is listed as a cross-reactor and yet I've had no problems with it.

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on November 26, 2011
at 01:36 PM

If the chocolate contains sugar and you don't usually eat sugar it could be because the sugar is increasing your metabolism. Try taking 10000iu vit A next time you eat chocolate and see if that helps. The stomach discomfort could be caused by additives(specifically soy lecithin) if your chocolate contains that stuff.

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A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

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on November 26, 2011
at 04:11 PM

Interesting. I have very sensitive, oily, dry, acne-prone skin, but most of my problems went away when I went paleo and sort of low-carb. I've been eating a lot of chocolate lately compared to before, 3-4 bars a week, but I haven't noticed any skin problems. The only thing that gives me bad skin these days is lack of sleep.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on November 26, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Similar experience here. I don't eat a lot of chocolate, but I'd say 20-50 grams a week. It's 80%+, and no skin problems.

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on November 26, 2011
at 02:48 PM

I get really bad acne from chocolate as well, even with brands that don't have any additives. I'm afraid you might have to give up on it.

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on November 26, 2011
at 02:41 PM

Experimentation is part of this way of eating. Eliminate chocolate completely and see how you feel. There may be other affects from the chocolate which you haven't connected yet. You can always resume chocolate at any time(or not) after having gained some knowledge of how it affects you. Chocolate is not really Paleo. Neither are supplements.

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on November 26, 2011
at 01:24 PM

That's why I stopped eating chocolate-dark or not-all together. I get pimples within next 4-24 hours of ingesting anything chocolate.

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on October 11, 2012
at 09:28 PM

That was very interesting about the zinc relationship and skin breakouts. Here is a theory based on reason and sensibility: 'cold sores' are a well-known face malady. The theory is they caused by a so-called virus at all, and that said virus is tertiary at most, and that the main issue for the body is zinc deficiency. Acne might not be all that different; another skin-communicated deficiency. It seems most reasonable to suggest these two symptoms, are variations of our bodies way of communicating a severe zinc deficiency.

I have seen success with private clients, using zinc. We have primarily used a stomach-acid resistant tablet, 40mg, delivering 6,3mg of zinc to the body through the small intestine. 2x of these taken twice a day at the onset of symptoms, seems to provide relief. The sores heal up, almost immediately.

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on December 03, 2011
at 08:58 PM

I was reading a story about a elite Kenyan runner once. After he ran a marathon one of the sponsors gave him a box of chocolates. He got sick after he ate a couple. Some people seem to get sick from chocolate. For him I doubt it was the sugar since 15-20% of his diet comes from granualated sugar in tea. I myself have eaten 85% chocolate on occassion usually a full bar over a period of an hour. I noticed that sometimes during the day I would get a bit of a stomach ache and other times I wouldn't usually I am fine if I eat it with milk or cream. I eat a lot of fruit sugar so I'm quite sure whatever made me feel sick was with the chocolate and not the sugar.

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7bad6c4e7d681fab6a4aa4580f442e0c

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on December 03, 2011
at 08:08 PM

So I've been chocolate-free (a sad existence) for a week and three days, and my skin is 100% back to being glowy and bright. I'm thinking it must have been a copper vs. zinc imbalance. Only thing now is I'm afraid to ever incorporate chocolate back into my diet, but I do miss having something sweet. If I were to take a zinc supplement, would that balance out the high copper in chocolate? Or do I have to give up the chocolate for good?

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on November 26, 2011
at 03:35 PM

Try switching to just cocoa powder (either as hot chocolate with stevia, or mix it with coconut oil and hot water.) You could also go with 90% or 99% chocolate, though those are bitter.

Maybe it's the dairy in the chocolate that you're reacting to.

7bad6c4e7d681fab6a4aa4580f442e0c

(707)

on November 26, 2011
at 09:59 PM

Definitely not the dairy, I've eaten it here and there and it's not caused a problem.

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on November 26, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Are you losing weight? Something has been giving me the odd breakout and someone told me it might be the stored toxins coming out when the fat is burned.

I do hope it isn't the chocolate ...

7bad6c4e7d681fab6a4aa4580f442e0c

(707)

on November 26, 2011
at 09:59 PM

Nope, not losing weight.. I'm tiny to begin with. I really think it has to do with the chocolate (sadly)!

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