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Heart racing after I eat dark chocolate

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Created March 05, 2013 at 10:41 PM

I am paleo 99% of the time, but on a day like today, sometimes dark chocolate is just too delicious to pass up! The past few times I have eaten it - we're talking 70-85% dark chocolate - my heart starts to race for about an hour afterwards. I feel jittery and almost drunk. Why is this happening???

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on March 06, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Yup. Definitely the stimulants.

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:40 AM

"would" should be "wouldn't"

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on March 05, 2013
at 11:24 PM

What are the ingredients in the chocolate bar. Have you tried another brand?

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on March 05, 2013
at 10:42 PM

which brand of dark chocolate is it?

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on March 05, 2013
at 11:20 PM

It's probably the caffeine/theobromine. It's not something a sensitive person would notice from white or milk chocolate probably, but it's quite concentrated in the darker versions.

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:40 AM

"would" should be "wouldn't"

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on March 06, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Yup. Definitely the stimulants.

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on March 07, 2013
at 09:56 PM

I know how you feel, its the theobromine, I have made my own chocolate without sugar and have felt like this, and I eat all paleo and don't do much caffeine. Unfortunately cacao is one of those things that shouldnt be eaten in my opinion, but maybe the slight exception at times lol.

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on March 06, 2013
at 09:00 PM

If I eat that type of chocolate after being totally off sugar other than the occasional fruit, it happens. It'll wake me up in the middle of the night if I eat it late. Heart pounding, sweaty, frantic. I think it's the sugar rush. :( It's terrible.

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on March 06, 2013
at 07:59 PM

I'm a type 1 diabetic and when I eat high glycemic sugary foods and don't match my insulin accordingly my blood sugar spikes and I have this feeling. Maybe it could be blood sugar related for you too! Especially if you eat a low carb diet normally.

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:05 AM

this has happened to me too. i haven't eaten chocolate since v day 2012 and it was a gnosis chocolate bar. just exactly what you described- racing heart, anxious, jittery. i felt so uncomfortable so i avoid chocolate.

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on March 05, 2013
at 11:22 PM

Most likely I'd say it's the higher concentration of caffeine in the dark chocolate.

Cocoa (raw) has 0.23 g/100g, so 80% would be around 0.18g/100g (or 0.16g from another source I found).

Do you drink much coffee or soda? If not you may be more sensitive to caffeine than those that do and will feel the "jittery" effects much more. How many grams of chocolate are you eating? A common Lindt dark chocolate bar is 100g, which would be 180mg of caffeine.

An average cup of coffee has around 130mg of caffeine (8oz). Using the info above you can figure out how much caffeine you're eating in the chocolate and adjust your portion accordingly.

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:18 AM

What about the sugar? 70-85% easily has much more sugar than 90%+. I usually get insane palpitations if I eat under 85% or so.

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