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Too much dark chocolate?

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Created April 25, 2012 at 6:34 PM

My friend and I just split a 100% dark chocolate organic Sunspire baking bar. Is it bad to be regularly eating this much chocolate? We do this every couple days?

What's good about dark chocolate and what's the bad?

Is it really true that it contains phytic acid? If so, that would be sad because I have come to enjoy the 100% bars and their taste.

Does dark chocolate cause an insulin spike?

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on November 21, 2013
at 12:00 AM

Chocolate is also a great source of copper, iron, and manganese (better on all three than it is for magnesium.) I know lots of paleo people (myself included) supplement magnesium, but he could just as easily be anemic if he's not eating tonnes of red meat.

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on February 20, 2013
at 04:05 AM

I don't get this....

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on July 10, 2012
at 10:30 AM

I wouldn't call 100% baking chocolate a candy bar. :) That said, I eat this stuff all the time, though I don't think I could do a whole bar. I usually do 1oz at most/day. It's a stimulant, but different from coffee, doesn't make me jittery, it's almost "calming". At first, it's bitter as hell, but you get used to doing without the sugar fairly quickly.

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on April 29, 2012
at 05:14 PM

Mark Sisson actually recently addressed this: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/5-common-nutrient-deficiencies-and-what-to-do-about-them/ The world we live in today is not the same one that our Paleolithic ancestors lived in. The soil and water are depleted of magnesium, so it's harder (but not impossible) to get enough from real food. That said, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, mineral water, and some other things can be ok sources. I recommended supplementation because it's worked well for me, it's cheap, and it's got good bioavailability.

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on April 27, 2012
at 09:42 PM

Why would you supplement if you can get it from real food?

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on April 27, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Dark chocolate does a number on my adrenals. I'm very sensitive to all manner of stimulatns, and dark (>70%) chocolate is worse than caffienated tea for me.

78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on April 26, 2012
at 09:50 PM

Lol, I've only tried the sweet lemon and raspberry lemon. It's not the best thing in the world, but ok. And yes, it works. :)

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on April 26, 2012
at 02:53 AM

Don't lie, tastes like "crap" (regular one at least), lol. But, it does work ; )

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on April 25, 2012
at 07:50 PM

There is no sugar in 100%

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on April 25, 2012
at 07:48 PM

falalalalalalala

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on April 25, 2012
at 07:30 PM

Mae West notwithstanding, too much of any good thing doesn't seem like a good idea. You can even drink too much water.

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on April 25, 2012
at 07:20 PM

This seems to have been asked quite a lot.

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on April 25, 2012
at 07:10 PM

You don't have to listen to me though cause I'm a bit of a contrarian (by typical paleohacks standars) in that I think high fat diets are unnatural.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 25, 2012
at 07:07 PM

I am sorry I should have clarified with FAT LOSS. You can definitely lose weight as long as you are creating a consistent calorie deficit, but I personally think macronutrient ratios and the quality of calories has a lot to do with the specific type of weight loss. I don't think eating no sugar chocolate bars is conducive to fat loss and muscle maintenance or gain.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on April 25, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Also I don't understand why it would affect omega 3/6 ratios when It's fats mainly consist of monounsaturated and saturated.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on April 25, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Why would it affect weight loss- low carb and no sugar. Does it affect insulin?

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78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on April 25, 2012
at 07:27 PM

I don't know about the effect on insulin, but if you frequently crave dark chocolate you may have a magnesium deficiency. Try supplementing - I use Natural Calm; tastes decent and it's not terribly expensive.

1ce9661622ba354c61669ffe900a01ab

(552)

on April 26, 2012
at 02:53 AM

Don't lie, tastes like "crap" (regular one at least), lol. But, it does work ; )

78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on April 26, 2012
at 09:50 PM

Lol, I've only tried the sweet lemon and raspberry lemon. It's not the best thing in the world, but ok. And yes, it works. :)

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on April 27, 2012
at 09:42 PM

Why would you supplement if you can get it from real food?

78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on April 29, 2012
at 05:14 PM

Mark Sisson actually recently addressed this: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/5-common-nutrient-deficiencies-and-what-to-do-about-them/ The world we live in today is not the same one that our Paleolithic ancestors lived in. The soil and water are depleted of magnesium, so it's harder (but not impossible) to get enough from real food. That said, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, mineral water, and some other things can be ok sources. I recommended supplementation because it's worked well for me, it's cheap, and it's got good bioavailability.

Medium avatar

(624)

on November 21, 2013
at 12:00 AM

Chocolate is also a great source of copper, iron, and manganese (better on all three than it is for magnesium.) I know lots of paleo people (myself included) supplement magnesium, but he could just as easily be anemic if he's not eating tonnes of red meat.

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on April 25, 2012
at 07:34 PM

(hands over ears) "La La La La"

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on April 25, 2012
at 07:48 PM

falalalalalalala

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

(360)

on February 20, 2013
at 04:05 AM

I don't get this....

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on April 27, 2012
at 06:09 PM

If it's truly 100% dark chocolate, then there is no sugar in it... at all. If it's really 100% dark chocolate. It's literally just chocolate, and nothing else. :)

However, if the chocolate that you ate was sweet, it was definitely not 100% dark chocolate.

100% dark chocolate -- made from cocoa beans which are similar to their coffee bean cousins -- is extremely bitter and NOT sweet at all.

Therefore, it would not cause an insulin spike... there's nothing to encourage insulin production. Kind of like when you drink black coffee.

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on April 25, 2012
at 08:32 PM

I totally agree that it might be a deficiency in magnesium or chromium. Maybe try this alternate that worked for me:

Em's "Hot Cocoa"

3-4 heeping spoonfuls of 100% cocoa powder (baking isle) cinnamon

Pour boiling water over it, stir it up. Top with almond milk or canned coconut milk.

Fixed my need for that chocolate bar and I know you'll find it delicious.

Plus, a lot less calories if that is in concern.

Blog post "Chocolate Rehab" : http://baconandskinnyjeans.blogspot.com/2012/01/chocolate-rehab.html

Enjoy!

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on April 25, 2012
at 08:27 PM

I would think the theobromine would whip the adrenal glands around significantly. It's a stimulant not unlike caffeine.

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on April 27, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Dark chocolate does a number on my adrenals. I'm very sensitive to all manner of stimulatns, and dark (>70%) chocolate is worse than caffienated tea for me.

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on November 21, 2013
at 02:52 AM

I it is 100% cacao that means no sugar which mean no insulin spike. Very antioxidant dense.

I would listen to your body as chocolate is a potent stimulant. I cant eat much pas 7 or my sleep is effected. IT is also a powerful mood elivator, great for a buzz of seratonin here and there.

Are you attached to the flavor, or happy brain effects?

I work as a chocolate maker. I eat about an oz of 81% or higher everyday.

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on July 10, 2012
at 02:49 AM

Chocolate is yummy and an anti-oxidant and all that, but if you're having say a bar a day every day, that probably means you are under-eating or are missing out on some nutrients. It is a candy bar after all.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on July 10, 2012
at 10:30 AM

I wouldn't call 100% baking chocolate a candy bar. :) That said, I eat this stuff all the time, though I don't think I could do a whole bar. I usually do 1oz at most/day. It's a stimulant, but different from coffee, doesn't make me jittery, it's almost "calming". At first, it's bitter as hell, but you get used to doing without the sugar fairly quickly.

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on July 10, 2012
at 12:15 AM

I love 100% Cacao baking chocolate. I buy the Baker's brand for very cheap as well. I eat 2-3 oz a day and that's really the only time (outside of maybe a few times a year eating Lindt's 90% dark) chocolate I eat. It has no sugar at all.

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on April 25, 2012
at 07:15 PM

I think the key is to have the fat content (%) of the dark chocolate higher than the sugar content (%)

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on April 25, 2012
at 07:50 PM

There is no sugar in 100%

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on April 25, 2012
at 06:42 PM

IF you are prone to mood swings, trying to lose wieght, trying to improve your omega 3/6 ratio, or if you have a sensitive stomach then avoid it. if none of those apply, then, I guess you'd be fine.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on April 25, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Why would it affect weight loss- low carb and no sugar. Does it affect insulin?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 25, 2012
at 07:07 PM

I am sorry I should have clarified with FAT LOSS. You can definitely lose weight as long as you are creating a consistent calorie deficit, but I personally think macronutrient ratios and the quality of calories has a lot to do with the specific type of weight loss. I don't think eating no sugar chocolate bars is conducive to fat loss and muscle maintenance or gain.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on April 25, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Also I don't understand why it would affect omega 3/6 ratios when It's fats mainly consist of monounsaturated and saturated.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 25, 2012
at 07:10 PM

You don't have to listen to me though cause I'm a bit of a contrarian (by typical paleohacks standars) in that I think high fat diets are unnatural.

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on July 10, 2012
at 12:38 AM

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