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100% Dark Chocolate

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 23, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Could I eat as much of this (within reasonable bounds, of course) as I wish without fearing a blood insulin spike?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 24, 2011
at 07:08 AM

I don't agree about that. See my post: http://chriskresser.com/another-reason-you-shouldnt-go-nuts-on-nuts#comment-10828

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 24, 2011
at 07:07 AM

You can eat as much as you want.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 24, 2011
at 01:08 AM

How can a bar be labeled 100% something and have any amount of anything else, cliff?

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on October 24, 2011
at 12:28 AM

I think the misunderstanding is Efaitch is talking about 100% cacao paste which has no sugar and AA is talking about 100% dark chocolate which does contain sugar, although I could be wrong.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on October 23, 2011
at 09:40 PM

I eat 99% chocolate and I find it normal, after just 6 weeks on Paleo. Before that, I could only eat super-sweet milk chocolates only. I even found the 64% fruit chocolates bitter. Now, 99% is fine for me. 100% baker's chocolate does not feel bitter at first, but it does have a bitter after-taste, so 99% works best for me.

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on October 23, 2011
at 09:04 PM

I routinely eat 97.5% and it's perfectly fine. (In my opinion!)

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on October 23, 2011
at 08:58 PM

I love it, personally. I was raised without eating any kind of chocolate at all, so I have no milk chocolate taste to compare it to ;)

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on October 23, 2011
at 08:57 PM

It absolutely did! Thank you.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1811)

on October 23, 2011
at 08:08 PM

The question is not could you, but why WOULD you? It is VERY bitter! It's nice added to chilli though :)

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Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on October 23, 2011
at 06:47 PM

Hopefully, this article will help answer your question:

http://www.secrets-of-longevity-in-humans.com/raw-cacao-benefits.html

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on October 23, 2011
at 08:57 PM

It absolutely did! Thank you.

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B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on October 24, 2011
at 12:35 AM

Raw coca is very high in phytic acid, so you would want to keep a lid on your total consumption of raw cocoa for this reason.

Raw cocoa contains about 1700mg of phytic acid per 100 grams. We probably what to keep phytic acid down to about 100 - 400mg per day.

Fermentation and processing can reduce phytic acid but it doesn't appear that it is clear on how effective this is.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 24, 2011
at 07:08 AM

I don't agree about that. See my post: http://chriskresser.com/another-reason-you-shouldnt-go-nuts-on-nuts#comment-10828

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Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

on October 24, 2011
at 03:15 AM

There was a time where I was eating a lot of 100%. It's an acquired taste, but once you've achquired it, it's not particularly bitter. Le 100% is fantastic.

I don't know if it spiked my blood sugar or not, but calories do count at least somewhat, and dark chocolate is dense in calories. Eat half a bar a day as I did and it will really negatively effect your weight. In that way it's kind of like nuts: have a little every now and then if you want and if you are already thin, but for susceptible people it's playing with fire.

It probably is healthful in moderation. If you can, pull that off, more power to you. I wish I could.

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on October 24, 2011
at 12:56 AM

I eat 100% dark baking chocolate daily, one or two squares. I don't know of any possible reason for this but it seems to utterly kill any sugar cravings I might have.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 04, 2011
at 05:41 PM

For seeds/grains/nuts, soaking and drying/roasting is what's used to remove or at least disable phytic acid, but if you're talking about dutch processed cocoa powder, most of it has already been disabled by this processing, so no worries.

When you pour boiling water over it and let it sit a while before you drink it - since you'd get burned by drinking it boiling hot anyway, that also disables at least some of the phytates even in the non-dutch processed stuff.

And, considering that at most you'd use a teaspoon or two of the stuff for a mug of hot chocolate, I doubt it would matter very much.

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A0cc1bfd57d2a52a7468f8a06e930bbc

on October 23, 2011
at 09:00 PM

I believe 100% Cocoa would be too bitter to eat by itself. I eat 90% Cocoa. Try Lindt 90% Cocoa bars, you can get them at Walmart for less than $3.00 per bar. I've lost 142 pounds in the last 19 months. http://danmoffett.blogspot.com/

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on October 23, 2011
at 09:40 PM

I eat 99% chocolate and I find it normal, after just 6 weeks on Paleo. Before that, I could only eat super-sweet milk chocolates only. I even found the 64% fruit chocolates bitter. Now, 99% is fine for me. 100% baker's chocolate does not feel bitter at first, but it does have a bitter after-taste, so 99% works best for me.

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on October 23, 2011
at 09:04 PM

I routinely eat 97.5% and it's perfectly fine. (In my opinion!)

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