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why does chocolate give me a sore throat?

Answered on October 14, 2014
Created February 06, 2013 at 3:39 PM

I love drinking unsweetened cocoa in hot water, and eating the odd bit of dark chocolate. My throat is always a bit sore afterwards, why might that be? Something irritating about chocolate?

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on February 08, 2013
at 08:48 AM

I think it surely must be damaging- probably why we hate very bitter tastes until we come to associate them with calories/drugs. There's clearly lots of individual variation though-I used to be able to knock back espresso/100% cocoa like it was water, while other people looked at me like I was mad, but now coffee and chocolate just hurt (there may be a causal relation between my profligate ways and current weakness to them!). So I would just judge based on how you feel. If more tannic wines cause more burn then you've found the culprit.

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:56 PM

I've been tested for allergies and for antibodies (IgG and IgE) - chocolate didn't come up. Just a couple random foods I never eat. Also, it's not like a major reaction - I still drink cocoa every day. Just something I notice afterwards. I'm thinking tannins.

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:55 PM

That's interesting as wine can also burn my throat sometimes. Do you think it means I should avoid the chocolate - am I damaging myself?

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:54 PM

Hmm, I don't think it's the additives. My unsweetened fair trade cocoa powder is 100% cocoa.

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on February 06, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Dave Asprey of Bulletproof coffee fame suggests that mycotoxins (aka mold) can be a problem with chocolate. You may want to experiment with higher quality sources and see if that helps.

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:08 AM

Tannins. These have been discussed here quite a lot in connection with chocolate, but basically, they will serve to slough the mucus lining away from your throat and chocolate is extremely high in them.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on February 08, 2013
at 08:48 AM

I think it surely must be damaging- probably why we hate very bitter tastes until we come to associate them with calories/drugs. There's clearly lots of individual variation though-I used to be able to knock back espresso/100% cocoa like it was water, while other people looked at me like I was mad, but now coffee and chocolate just hurt (there may be a causal relation between my profligate ways and current weakness to them!). So I would just judge based on how you feel. If more tannic wines cause more burn then you've found the culprit.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on February 07, 2013
at 06:55 PM

That's interesting as wine can also burn my throat sometimes. Do you think it means I should avoid the chocolate - am I damaging myself?

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on February 06, 2013
at 07:14 PM

Allergies?

It's highly unlikely that you're allergic to chocolate itself, but even in the darkest of dark chocolates, things like soy are found. The list includes soy, dairy, corn by products, nuts, wheat, and even insects (yeah, really, and not by accident [though that happens], but by design).

However, there is a chance you are mildly allergic to chocolate itself. That would be the saddest thing I've ever heard of!

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:54 PM

Hmm, I don't think it's the additives. My unsweetened fair trade cocoa powder is 100% cocoa.

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on October 14, 2014
at 11:30 PM

Please make sure you are not in the early stages of gout. I had the same problem with sweets ( especially chocolate ). It would give me a sore throat ( tophi had formed in my throat ). Please have your blood tested. You do not want to suffer the way I have for the past three years.

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on February 07, 2013
at 12:35 PM

If you ever get a throat related reaction, it is very serious. You should get tested rather then experiment. It is most likely an ingredient. Get tested, any blockag to your airway can be dangerous. Drinking water or eating some other food is not going to do anything to help a serious allergic reaction. If it is an allergic reaction, they can get worse over time and with exposure rather then go away. Please see a doc. I did and it turned out to be soy for me.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:56 PM

I've been tested for allergies and for antibodies (IgG and IgE) - chocolate didn't come up. Just a couple random foods I never eat. Also, it's not like a major reaction - I still drink cocoa every day. Just something I notice afterwards. I'm thinking tannins.

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:47 AM

Google a bit of TCM ( http://macrobiotic.about.com/od/gettingstarted/a/YinYang.htm )Chocolate is very Yin and if you look at most people, we already have a Yang deficiency. I feel it right away when I eat something extremely Yin, I get an instant throat ache and start sneezing. But then when I drink some salty water or have some meat, it goes away. IT REALLY WORKS :) Just google it and try.

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