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Is Dark Chocolate really a good source of magnesium since it contains high levels of phytic acid?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I have heard that dark chocolate has lots of magnesium.

I have heard that dark chocolate has lots of phytic acid.

Doesn't the one counteract the other or am I wrong on one of these points?

Thanks for your help!

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on July 27, 2012
at 10:05 PM

oxalate content that binds to minerals, not only from the chocolate himself asweel as from foods taken with it. The same goes for phytic acid. And not to mention micotoxins found in cheaper cocoa sources...

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on July 25, 2012
at 11:24 PM

What I'm saying is, that in the case of dark chocolate (I like 100% eaten with fruit, nom!), there are a lot of positive health associations with eating it. Here's some examples: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-you-should-eat-and-drink-high-cacao-dark-chocolate/ Now if you can point out a negative association with chocolate that is strong enough to warrant not eating it everyday, I might reconsider.

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on July 22, 2012
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Violet, i'm not demonizing anything. You totally misurdestood my point: I do eat chocolate Lindt 85%, aproximately one bar per 1-2weeks; honey in my post workout sweet potatoes, red wine when i feel like too; a nice black coffee every other day. So, am I do one Linds bar as a magnesium source, everyday? hack NO! Those foods were always expensive, hard to find and should be consumed diligently. I remember my mom saying that chocolate back in her childwood(40 years ago) was a rare threat, one a special ocasion. I find thats the way to go.

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on July 21, 2012
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I think you have to take everything on an individual case by case basis. If you know of any specific associations with chocolate that would make one want to avoid it than please share those. Otherwise you're just demonizing foods based on unfounded dogma and potentially paving the way to an eating disorder.

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This could help: http://paleohacks.com/questions/3981/how-to-reduce-phytic-acid-in-cocoa-chocolate

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I love this answer :)

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20203f15287a14924c714eb68a34ce6c

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on July 21, 2012
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I would not rely on "pleasure foods" as nutrient staples. Red Wine, coffee, dark chocolate, honey and such sould be consumed as a comfort option, rather than a daily source of anything.

Just as in the same fashion as always, the key is "rotation, rotation, rotation".

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on July 22, 2012
at 08:17 AM

Violet, i'm not demonizing anything. You totally misurdestood my point: I do eat chocolate Lindt 85%, aproximately one bar per 1-2weeks; honey in my post workout sweet potatoes, red wine when i feel like too; a nice black coffee every other day. So, am I do one Linds bar as a magnesium source, everyday? hack NO! Those foods were always expensive, hard to find and should be consumed diligently. I remember my mom saying that chocolate back in her childwood(40 years ago) was a rare threat, one a special ocasion. I find thats the way to go.

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

(325)

on July 21, 2012
at 04:04 PM

I love this answer :)

0bc04a2ee661857e8458df34646e70ef

(319)

on July 21, 2012
at 08:38 PM

I think you have to take everything on an individual case by case basis. If you know of any specific associations with chocolate that would make one want to avoid it than please share those. Otherwise you're just demonizing foods based on unfounded dogma and potentially paving the way to an eating disorder.

0bc04a2ee661857e8458df34646e70ef

(319)

on July 25, 2012
at 11:24 PM

What I'm saying is, that in the case of dark chocolate (I like 100% eaten with fruit, nom!), there are a lot of positive health associations with eating it. Here's some examples: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-you-should-eat-and-drink-high-cacao-dark-chocolate/ Now if you can point out a negative association with chocolate that is strong enough to warrant not eating it everyday, I might reconsider.

20203f15287a14924c714eb68a34ce6c

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on July 27, 2012
at 10:05 PM

oxalate content that binds to minerals, not only from the chocolate himself asweel as from foods taken with it. The same goes for phytic acid. And not to mention micotoxins found in cheaper cocoa sources...

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on July 21, 2012
at 03:13 PM

I have heard lately Epsom Salt baths are a good way to get magnesium. I am going to try it soon.

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