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Chocolate addict

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 16, 2011 at 5:54 PM

I have been eating a lot of dark chocolate lately, and sometimes it seems to be the only thing that can stop my hunger. I know that dark chocolate is not that paleo.. Am I still a sugar addict?

Apart from the sugar in the chocolate (14 grams of sugar per 100 grams, a total of 19 grams of carbs, 8,6 gram proteins and 54,5 grams of fat) which I eat a lot of, I don??t eat any sugar at all (and no fruits, grains, starchy vegetables etc). How bad is it? What can I do to stop this craving?

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on January 23, 2014
at 07:42 AM

I just thought I'd update after a couple years that I have found that MSM supplements (around 3000-5000 mg/day really, really help curb the chocolate cravings. As in, no more cravings at all. Take it or leave it. Epsom salt baths helped too (3xs/week) but they were too hard to keep doing that often.

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on October 26, 2011
at 02:01 AM

+1. Try Ghirardelli's baking chocolate.

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on October 25, 2011
at 10:18 PM

No caffeine in chocolate whatsoever unless it's added in artificially.

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on October 25, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Peter at Hyperlipid eats plenty of dark chocolate. He seems fine.

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on April 08, 2011
at 07:19 AM

I should have said in the first paragraph: "dietary fiber," as the term is usually used, includes both "soluble" and "insoluble" fiber. The former can be fermented for fats in the colon, the latter cannot.

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on February 19, 2011
at 01:52 PM

well, that's where my problem is... "as long as it's not too much" :D

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on February 17, 2011
at 04:41 PM

According to the book, the magnesium in spinach is blocked by other chemicals in the plant itself, or something. The reason for chocolate is that its one of the highest concentrates of magnesium in any food.

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on February 17, 2011
at 02:45 AM

I've had the strongest cravings for chocolate, too. I supplement magnesium, so it's not that. I just chalk it up to a chocolate deficiency :) Took me forever to find some without nuts or soy, so I'm just going to enjoy it; it's all 80% or more cocoa, so it's really not that bad as long as it's not too much.

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on February 16, 2011
at 10:56 PM

Why don't we crave spinach and such?

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on February 16, 2011
at 10:01 PM

You might be interested in Tisano tea. Very chocolately taste, no sugar.

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on February 16, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Here are a few ways to think about it.

  1. What you're eating is only 10% carbohydrate (and 84% fat; I'm assuming the rest of the carbohydrate is marked as "dietary fiber" which, in theory at least, would be turned into short-chain fats in your large intestine) so if your goal is to eat low-carbohydrate, and thereby low fructose, then you're still pretty much sticking to it.

  2. Even if you're eating 200 grams a day (about two bars), then you're only eating 28g of sugar, which is 14g of fructose, which is still below informal guidelines of daily fructose amounts I've seen in the paleosphere. But I don't buy it, because I think that something is much worse about sucrose in its table-sugar form than fructose or even sucrose as it appears in fruit, even if I don't know what exactly. I personally would be worried about more than half a bar a day. (Aside from the worries about what kinds of poisons are in chocolate itself, but that's not what you were asking.)

  3. If you're not eating any other glucose whatsoever (when you said "no fruits, grains, starchy vegetables etc." I assume you were excluding potatoes and rice) then your body might be craving it. You might do better at a slightly higher carbohydrate level, and if that's the case, why not get that from potatoes instead of chocolate? The craving for chocolate might go away.

My chocolate cravings diminished greatly after I once got sick on eating way too much of the stuff. Not exactly a recommendation for a course of action, though it worked for me, unintentionally.

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on April 08, 2011
at 07:19 AM

I should have said in the first paragraph: "dietary fiber," as the term is usually used, includes both "soluble" and "insoluble" fiber. The former can be fermented for fats in the colon, the latter cannot.

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on February 16, 2011
at 06:13 PM

You know how to stop the craving. Don't buy it, don't store it, don't be around it. Find the mental triggers that will help you fight the urge. Anything that we feel like we "have to have" outside of oxygen, water, and sleep is a bad thing.

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on February 17, 2011
at 05:53 AM

Get used to eating 100% cacao, then you don't have to worry about sugar at all!

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on October 26, 2011
at 02:01 AM

+1. Try Ghirardelli's baking chocolate.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 16, 2011
at 09:54 PM

I have read in the book The Magnesium Miracle by Dr Carolyn Dean MD ND, that chocolate cravings can mean that you are Magnesium deficient. Its an interesting read. I would topped the list of most chocolate addicted and now that I have been supplementing magnesium I don't crave it anymore. Is that a benefit? Sorta wish I still did have that craving...

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on February 16, 2011
at 10:56 PM

Why don't we crave spinach and such?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 17, 2011
at 04:41 PM

According to the book, the magnesium in spinach is blocked by other chemicals in the plant itself, or something. The reason for chocolate is that its one of the highest concentrates of magnesium in any food.

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on February 16, 2011
at 06:12 PM

I use the following recipe to make a more paleo chocolate. It still has a considerable amount of sugar thanks to the honey, but at least it's natural sugar.

http://www.paleoplan.com/2009/12-03/paleo-candybars/

What I would suggest is adding more honey the first few times you try the recipe, and then progressively less and less. This will help ween you off the sugar and still give you the chocolate taste.

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3573f7a18ee620179fda184c7d8b7242

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on February 16, 2011
at 09:54 PM

I have a serious problem with craving chocolate. No other form of sugar particularly attracts me; it's just chocolate. This could've been written by me a couple months ago. I always struggled with having a little bit, and a little bit more, making my own instead b/c that's somehow 'better.' Trying different brands to see if there was any different effect from sugar-free/low-sugar/dairy-free/soy-free/other, swearing off it for short periods, justifying allowing myself a little bit (oh, the ongoing mental debates were constant! "It can still be a low-carb day." "Each of the ingredients is relatively acceptable." etc.), having it only at periodic intervals (i.e. once a week or so). But the cravings became so consuming - my thoughts, mental and physical energy, constantly thinking about where I could get some, how much, which kind, alter the day's plans to swing by the store and buy a little bit.

Clearly, the bottom line is that chocolate is like a drug for me, almost like a true drug dependency. I'm finally accepting that I have to swear off it completely. No exceptions. Don't buy it. Decline politely when offered. Ask family members to not keep it in the house (or hide it very, very well). I've been successful for a few weeks. The first couple days were rough; I thought about it constantly. But then it became a mental relief. Because there was no way to bend or twist the rule; none means none. I just don't do that anymore. What a relief.

I second (third?) eating more calories/protein/fat overall. Eating a piece of cheese (or a spoon of coconut butter if you don't do dairy?) can subdue the craving in the short term. Regular magnesium supplementation helps. Getting enough sleep helps.

I also learned on Valentine's Day that I should politely ask the family to not give me 'gifts' of chocolate either! Not having chocolate for awhile and then having some did indeed have unenjoyable physical effects.

3573f7a18ee620179fda184c7d8b7242

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on January 23, 2014
at 07:42 AM

I just thought I'd update after a couple years that I have found that MSM supplements (around 3000-5000 mg/day really, really help curb the chocolate cravings. As in, no more cravings at all. Take it or leave it. Epsom salt baths helped too (3xs/week) but they were too hard to keep doing that often.

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on February 16, 2011
at 06:44 PM

For me, I've recently upped my calorie intake (primarily protein and fat) and my chocolate cravings have diminished dramatically. I'm on a weight gain kick (I'm under weight) and after stuffing my face, my desire for a desert or a cheat is almost zero. I don't even want ice cream!

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on February 16, 2011
at 06:38 PM

I love chocolate but I found my cravings for it and sugar in general greatly diminished after adding in more starchy veggies. Just a thought.

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on October 25, 2011
at 01:41 PM

Same problem here: I dont have horribly strong chocolate cravings; but I do more often than not end up looking to it for that end of meal sweet... I also take magnesium (citrate), and have within the last 3 - 4 months been adding rice, yams, and sweet potatoes to an otherwise very high fat, strict paleo type diet; this hasn't helped... I also loves me the coconut ice cream (homemade only, with very little sugar and/or fresh fruit) but this can become "too much" real quick, and I am not sure how great that is for me.

On a side note does chocolate have caffeine? I know that caffeine is a gluten cross - reactive substance; if you are gluten intolerant than caffeine may bother you. It makes me sneeze!

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on October 25, 2011
at 10:18 PM

No caffeine in chocolate whatsoever unless it's added in artificially.

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on February 17, 2011
at 01:29 AM

I have a chocolate problem as well. For very long time I had no big cravings, even when I was on SAD. I could have had chocolate right in front of me and not take any, sometimes take a piece, or once a month eat the whole bar and done for long time.

But recently, it's been crazy. I ended up eating bar a day, I just wanted it so much. It's stronger cravings than I had on SAD! it's so weird. I have never dieted, so my body's messages re still accurate, so I thought that maybe it is a sign I need it, and the body chooses chocolate as a form of filling some holes.

But I've noticed also my tummy got rounder... which is so not good :) I eat very low carb otherwise, so it's still low after whole bar. But I know it's probably not that great, even if it's 70% dark chocolate.

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on February 17, 2011
at 02:45 AM

I've had the strongest cravings for chocolate, too. I supplement magnesium, so it's not that. I just chalk it up to a chocolate deficiency :) Took me forever to find some without nuts or soy, so I'm just going to enjoy it; it's all 80% or more cocoa, so it's really not that bad as long as it's not too much.

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on February 19, 2011
at 01:52 PM

well, that's where my problem is... "as long as it's not too much" :D

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on February 16, 2011
at 06:19 PM

that's easy. only buy the type or brand of dark chocolate you don't really like that much. you know, there are two types of dark chocolate: those that taste so awesome you would sell your grandma (or cat, or dog) for, and those that have a culinary "meh" rating, and are just barely eatable, but not really enjoyable. only buy the latter from now on..

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