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WTF is in dark chocolate?

Answered on September 22, 2015
Created September 20, 2015 at 7:39 PM

What is in dark chocolate that's so psychoactive and reactive to the gut in some of us?

Dark chocolate, sugar, and coffee are by far my biggest triggers (and alcohol of course). I would feel significantly less symptoms if I had low quality gluten with every meal. 

Yesterday and today I had a little bit of coffee and a bar of expensive organic dark chocolate. Now I'm experiencing my gut bloated and making squeaking sounds, severe mood swings, feeling extremely shaky and that my nerves are on edge to the point where my teeth are chattering. 

Grains, dairy or legumes do not do anything close to this to me. What is in DC that does this? 

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on September 21, 2015
at 10:43 PM

Like in the case of bread, it is a combination of factors. You will not be hit by gluten (a large protein) if gluten stays inside the gut. But there are large amounts of protease inhibitors that will inflame the gut and make it leak. Chocolate is quite tannic, and has caffeine and theobromine (sp?). One irritates, the others leak into the system. Try something tannic without any known system toxin, like Concord grapes.

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on September 22, 2015
at 03:23 PM

You are going to have a difficult life if you try to avoid all tannins. Most vegetable foods have some. Are you really going to go without apples. Best to know yourself and the effect foods have on you. I am actually in the process of cutting decaf (to 3 a week) and all types of tea (to 3 a week), same reason as you, for a better gut. But I have been eating all manners of sprouted seeds with no ill effects lately. it is good to expand one's diet.

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on September 21, 2015
at 11:24 PM

Thanks. I've heard that too, that some people are sensitive to tannins. I'll just stay away from it. 

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