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Rapid, pounding heartbeat after eating chocolate UPDATE

Answered on January 31, 2016
Created May 03, 2013 at 12:05 PM

What gives? I'm eating 100% Baker's chocolate every once in a while. Before eating the chocolate, my heart rate was 73, and about 15 minutes after, it jumped to 95. The same thing happens whether I eat chocolate on its own or with nut butter (fats), sweet potatoes (carbs) (don't knock it), or protein shakes. I usually eat anywhere between 1/2 an ounce and 2 ounces. I don't get this feeling from coffee/other sources of caffeine, and I don't think theobromine and the other compounds in chocolate could have this same effect. Would I be better off with carob? Should I keep eating chocolate but time before workouts to take advantage of my chocolate energy superpowers?

UPDATE (5/5): My friend just gave me about 3 cups of chocolate almond butter, so I'm going to down that over the next two or three days before I start the three weeks no chocolate test.

UPDATE (5/17): First, I opened up the chocolate and just smelled it. That created the same physiological response as above. I waited until I felt normal, which was about an hour. I got out the chocolate (same as before), pinched my nose, and ate it with no ill effects. Is this some kind of Pavlovian conditioning? Should I crash chocolate tasting parties just so I can walk around with a pinched nose and make a fool of myself? Other thoughts?

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on May 17, 2013
at 02:54 PM

I'm with cavebitch on this one -- I've been eating 100% chocky for years now and wouldn't go back. That said, as in all things there's a difference in quality, I don't eat the "baker's" stuff.

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on May 17, 2013
at 11:48 AM

I'm surprised that there are people that don't know that chocolate contains (effectively) a stimulant. Theobromine is a xanthine, just like caffeine. +1 to you.

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on May 04, 2013
at 06:51 AM

Green tea has Theobromine as well. Instant cocoa has more. If that's what's causing the problem, you'd want to avoid them. Or test green tea to see if it causes the same issue (Instant cocoa has chocolate of course).

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on May 03, 2013
at 03:51 PM

I've actually never had green tea. Do you suggest trying it out to see if the same stuff happens, or would I be better off avoiding it because it and chocolate have known similar properties?

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on May 03, 2013
at 02:29 PM

lol but bakers chocolate?!?! that's outstanding! I've had it before and it's good... but it's not replacing my Giddy YoYo's 89%! I look forward to the update!

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on May 03, 2013
at 12:42 PM

I genuinely like the taste of unsweetened because I'm just crazy like that. I will give it a shot and then update.

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on January 31, 2016
at 04:48 PM

 My daughter was tested allergic to Chocolate. Go see an allergist, with high HR you get headaches, and if the rate goes out of wack for few hours, one may die. This is serious.


I suffer from the same myself, but I tolerate chocolate better when my Vitamin D is up there.  I live in Michigan, we see the sun for less than 3 months.  Please reply as to which state you're in to get an idea about effect of latitude.

The same happens to me with bananas, avocados, and other ripe fruits or anything fermented  (yeast, etc) this is triggered by tyramine level problems;  i.e your body is unable to process aged things like cheese, yeast, banana, etc. 

The issue is bigger than just chocolate, it is an auto-immune system problem. In my case, the culprit is Vitamin D3, and Potassium deficiency. 

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on May 03, 2013
at 02:35 PM

It is the theobromide. It's a stimulant. Asthma meds (bronchodilators) are very similar to theobromide and get my heart racing like a race horse.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 17, 2013
at 11:48 AM

I'm surprised that there are people that don't know that chocolate contains (effectively) a stimulant. Theobromine is a xanthine, just like caffeine. +1 to you.

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10cadc0a2dff90c849c6d088832be324

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on May 03, 2013
at 12:10 PM

I would drop chocolate altogether for 3 weeks then reassess how you feel after. A heal and test per say.

Can I ask why you're eating bakers chocolate? Most people like a little sweet in theirs. (Granted I'm happy at 85%-90% myself)

10cadc0a2dff90c849c6d088832be324

(741)

on May 03, 2013
at 02:29 PM

lol but bakers chocolate?!?! that's outstanding! I've had it before and it's good... but it's not replacing my Giddy YoYo's 89%! I look forward to the update!

10121ac7b6beb99c0fbfbf1522c50adb

(1193)

on May 03, 2013
at 12:42 PM

I genuinely like the taste of unsweetened because I'm just crazy like that. I will give it a shot and then update.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on May 17, 2013
at 02:54 PM

I'm with cavebitch on this one -- I've been eating 100% chocky for years now and wouldn't go back. That said, as in all things there's a difference in quality, I don't eat the "baker's" stuff.

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on May 04, 2013
at 02:43 AM

I am the same, I can't eat chocolate get the shakes and can't sleep its horrible.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on May 04, 2013
at 12:30 AM

i don't eat chocolate because my heart races and i get shaky. i never noticed it before i started raw foodism years ago and would buy raw chocolate as a treat. it's so noticeable after you haven't had it in a while. i honestly can't even sleep when i eat it.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on May 03, 2013
at 03:36 PM

Does green tea do the same thing for you?

10121ac7b6beb99c0fbfbf1522c50adb

(1193)

on May 03, 2013
at 03:51 PM

I've actually never had green tea. Do you suggest trying it out to see if the same stuff happens, or would I be better off avoiding it because it and chocolate have known similar properties?

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on May 04, 2013
at 06:51 AM

Green tea has Theobromine as well. Instant cocoa has more. If that's what's causing the problem, you'd want to avoid them. Or test green tea to see if it causes the same issue (Instant cocoa has chocolate of course).

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on May 03, 2013
at 12:25 PM

As an experiment, I would try having it with milk and sugar. Or is that how you take it?

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