Help! Addicted to 100% dark/baker's chocolate!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 15, 2013 at 10:54 PM

I can't stop snacking on several hundred calories worth on cacao a day. Specifically, I consume lots of chocolate cheese. (I melt the bakers chocolate in a fondue set and then pour it over a wheel of Brie cheese.) Sometime I layer it on cheddar and feta too. When I was younger my mom always thought Hershey chocolate tastes exactly like vomit. There's something about chocolate cheese that reminds me of eating Hershey's Kisses on Halloween as a kid.



on July 16, 2013
at 02:02 AM

I can see brie..but feta?



on July 15, 2013
at 11:19 PM

This lady ate 2.2lb of chocolate a week http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Calment and lived to be 122. Maybe it's not so bad. Not exactly good for you, but, maybe not so bad.



on July 15, 2013
at 11:00 PM

I've been looking to add more dark chocolate to my diet. (Seems like a fun way to get some magnesium.) ..Why not just eat less or find something else to get addicted to? haha. I don't eat cheese/dairy other than a couple times a month for a little treat, cut that category out and your problem is half solved.

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on July 16, 2013
at 12:55 AM

Are you gaining weight? If not, rock on. Cheese and unsweetened chocolate aren't the types of foods associated with deleterious metabolic outcomes.



on July 15, 2013
at 11:31 PM

just don't keep it in your house if you can't control yourself. I've had to do that with a few of my favorite foods: cheese, coconut butter, and medjool dates. they just taste so good that I forget about the calories and just pig out on them. weirdly, I don't miss them that much when they aren't in the house since I don't have to see them. i'm not really reminded of them.

cacao definitely has that addictive quality, too. never would think of eating chocolate cheese! that's creative haha


on July 16, 2013
at 06:38 AM

I think we need a large warning about cacao. It works on the brain like amphetamines - speed and for those of us with a kind of brain chemistry it should never be eaten. I was the same. I ate 100% clean/well until a trip to a cacao plantation in Panama. I had a bite of it and that was it. Hooked just as much as if it had been cocaine.

It started out small and I found a source back in the UK for cooking (this is the 100% stuff which tastes awful and bitter) and like all addictions I had to have more and more and more of it. I had rituals around it - desk lamp ove rthe block of it until the hard substance melted, then dip strawberries and other fruits (i/e sugar/fructose) into it. It takes away appetite - the South American natives always used it. It makes you feel high. I can stay up all night on it and plan all kinds of business ideas and plans. You think you can do anything on it. Then after a few days or weeks you need more and more to achieve even a tiny bit of the initial hit,.

As not everyone seems to have the same genes or brain chemistry for products like this or indeed alcohol or sugar or cocaine to affect them in the same way plenty of people will say it's absolutely fine. However for those us with this unique brain chemistry my view is that the product is a dangerous addictive substance and you need total abstinence from it. I never have it at all now.


on July 16, 2013
at 12:06 AM

look and see what nutrients are in these and see where you can get them from other sources.

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