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Changing Tastebuds?

Commented on February 27, 2014
Created February 13, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Recently I have noticed that I am increasingly bothered by the sweetness of foods I used to love. Even 80% dark chocolate (Which I originally bought to handle sugar cravings is a bit much). The weird part is I crave it, but I don't actually like it once I start eating it.

Is anyone else experiencing this? Not complaining, I'm all for killing the sweet tooth monster, just wondering if it's happened to anyone else?

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on February 27, 2014
at 04:37 AM

what? in the Midwest, the big three missing nutrients are I, Se, and Zn. I don't see it (also, I have the soil tests to back it up, at least in my area). I also think it is easier to be Mg-deficient on paleo than on a vegan diet, because all big sources are seeds of some sort.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 15, 2014
at 05:48 PM

You could try this - not as good as the Lindt quality wise, but not too bad.

http://www.amazon.com/Ghirardelli-Chocolate-Baking-Unsweetened-4-Ounce/dp/B000H227SY/

Worst case, get a quality 100% cocoa powder and melt some cocoa butter and mix'em up yourself with whatever flavoring you like (nibs? cinnamon? vanilla bits? bacon?) and optionally some lecithin and pour into a silicone form.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 15, 2014
at 05:39 PM

It's good stuff, but avoid their flavored bars, they add barley malt which causes me a strong gluten reaction. For the price the 90% bar is better. The 99% bar is more expensive and you get far less, so it's almost 4x the cost per gram of the 90% bar.

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on February 14, 2014
at 09:09 PM

Oh yes, I have seen that one. I've been wanting to taste it for quite some time now. Admittedly, the price does seem prohibitively expensive, at least at my level of consumption anyways. That's a damn good gift your son gave you :)

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on February 14, 2014
at 09:00 PM

http://www.lindtusa.com/shop/chocolates/bars-12053--1/99-cocoa-excellence-bar

hard to find, pricey but very good. my son bought it for me as a gift and I had one small piece daily to make it last.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 14, 2014
at 08:49 PM

Yes! This is so true, I only do Lindt 90% these days. Sadly, they don't have anything higher (Baker's baking chocolate is very bad quality even though it's higher %) so I'm stuck. But it's true, even the 85% tastes way too sugary and sickeningly sweet. What do you buy for 99-100%? I can't seem to find anything besides baking chocolate that tastes stale...

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on February 14, 2014
at 06:04 PM

No real comment, i just hope this happens to me!

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 14, 2014
at 12:09 PM

It could also be due to wanting copper.

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on February 14, 2014
at 12:18 AM

Magnesium Malate is pretty absorbable, if you want to go the pill route.

5729d47870e12c8587dff131c349dd47

on February 14, 2014
at 12:11 AM

I keep reading about magnesium deficiency, I'm just very confused about the best way to treat it. I have read lots of comments that taking a tablet or oral suppliment isn't really the best substitute and that your better apply it topically in the form of an oil or a lotion (which I can't find anywhere!)

5729d47870e12c8587dff131c349dd47

on February 14, 2014
at 12:09 AM

About a year ago I decided to go 'sugar free' for four weeks (which is a similar time frame to this) and even then, while I was still eating grains I didn't experience anything like this. It's exactly like you described, all the other taste in the food you remember just disappears and all you can taste is overwhelming sweetness. I made a coffee with almond milk (sweetened because it was the office's) and a tony bit of sneaky chocolate topping. Couldn't taste coffee, or almond or even chocolate just sugar! Ended up making an espresso LOL

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on February 13, 2014
at 11:50 PM

I am interested in the answer to this too. I find myself craving chocolate, cakes and biscuits which are not foods that I normally eat or crave. And yet, like you, I don't really enjoy them much.

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De7aafde172289ab942f17f0d271d8ff

on February 27, 2014
at 04:00 AM

SInce going paleo three months ago, some vegetables even taste too sweet to me now! My tastebuds have most definitely changed!

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on February 14, 2014
at 06:48 PM

Yes, my tastebuds changed as well. Before paleo I didn´t eat much sugary food, but when I did that I couldn´t stop eating eat. One of the most noticeable changes with paleo was that the sweet treats I used to like , became unnaturally processed and too sweet for my palate.

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on February 14, 2014
at 06:17 PM

I really don't enjoy anything less than 90% Dark now. 99-100% isn't so easy to find locally so I bought a bar of high quality baking chocolate to nibble on next. It is a pretty common experience when you eliminate the foods that aren't Paleo.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 14, 2014
at 08:49 PM

Yes! This is so true, I only do Lindt 90% these days. Sadly, they don't have anything higher (Baker's baking chocolate is very bad quality even though it's higher %) so I'm stuck. But it's true, even the 85% tastes way too sugary and sickeningly sweet. What do you buy for 99-100%? I can't seem to find anything besides baking chocolate that tastes stale...

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on February 15, 2014
at 05:48 PM

You could try this - not as good as the Lindt quality wise, but not too bad.

http://www.amazon.com/Ghirardelli-Chocolate-Baking-Unsweetened-4-Ounce/dp/B000H227SY/

Worst case, get a quality 100% cocoa powder and melt some cocoa butter and mix'em up yourself with whatever flavoring you like (nibs? cinnamon? vanilla bits? bacon?) and optionally some lecithin and pour into a silicone form.

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on February 14, 2014
at 06:07 PM

Yes! My vice before Paleo was big, sweet, gourmet coffee drinks. A few weeks ago, I decided to trat myself to a Frappacunio at Starbucks. I was looking forward to the thing all day, took one drink, and thought it was a huge let down. I ended up giving half away to my husband and suffering a stomachache later.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 14, 2014
at 12:11 PM

This is very common. I used to think coconut water wasn't sweet at all, and now I think it's very sweet. Same with raw almonds, there's a sweetness to them that you can't detect until you've stopped consuming overly sweetened things.

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on February 14, 2014
at 12:06 AM

If you're craving dark chocolate, it's maybe because you're missing Magnesium. Mg is not enough in the Western diet, not even when you do Paleo. Our soil and water are depleted of it, and many recommend Mg supplementation on Paleo, along D3 (if you're not going out to the sun a lot), and K2-Mk6 (if you're not eating fermented products), and CoQ10 Ubiquinol (not Ubiquinone, if you're not eating animal hearts). But mostly, Magnesium...

5729d47870e12c8587dff131c349dd47

on February 14, 2014
at 12:11 AM

I keep reading about magnesium deficiency, I'm just very confused about the best way to treat it. I have read lots of comments that taking a tablet or oral suppliment isn't really the best substitute and that your better apply it topically in the form of an oil or a lotion (which I can't find anywhere!)

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on February 14, 2014
at 12:09 PM

It could also be due to wanting copper.

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

(1822)

on February 27, 2014
at 04:37 AM

what? in the Midwest, the big three missing nutrients are I, Se, and Zn. I don't see it (also, I have the soil tests to back it up, at least in my area). I also think it is easier to be Mg-deficient on paleo than on a vegan diet, because all big sources are seeds of some sort.

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on February 13, 2014
at 11:59 PM

I was thinking about something similar that happened over the weekend! Bought a package of cookies that I use to ADORE in my SAD days (Nutter Butters) and was absolutely salivating at the thought of ripping them open and digging in. The first bite was just 'meh'. It was like I thought I was supposed to like it but couldn't. I still eat peanut butter if I've ground it myself, so it's not that I don't like it any more. It was like it was too sweet and lacked any other dimension. Couldn't even finish one.

5729d47870e12c8587dff131c349dd47

on February 14, 2014
at 12:09 AM

About a year ago I decided to go 'sugar free' for four weeks (which is a similar time frame to this) and even then, while I was still eating grains I didn't experience anything like this. It's exactly like you described, all the other taste in the food you remember just disappears and all you can taste is overwhelming sweetness. I made a coffee with almond milk (sweetened because it was the office's) and a tony bit of sneaky chocolate topping. Couldn't taste coffee, or almond or even chocolate just sugar! Ended up making an espresso LOL

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