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Is 90% Dark Chocolate Paleo-safe?

Commented on September 16, 2013
Created September 15, 2013 at 12:04 AM

I'm new to the Paleo lifestyle.

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I just bought an entire pound of Trader Joe's 72% Dark Chocolate. Wish me luck? :)

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on September 16, 2013
at 02:16 AM

If you're avoiding sugar completely, there is a sort of chocolate you can do from scratch using honey or maple syrup for the sweetener. I use a similar one to this one: http://www.againstallgrain.com/2012/04/22/paleo-mandarin-chocolate-truffles/ 1/2 c coconut oil OR cacao butter

2 T honey

1/4 c raw cacao powder (make sure it's a good quality one) Melt the honey and oil together, whisk in cacao powder. Pour into container and place in fridge to set. Store in the fridge for a long time. (I forgot about some for over a month and it was still tasty, so I guess as long as it's in an airtight container it will store for several months).

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on September 15, 2013
at 07:24 PM

It's most likely good to cut it out for 2 weeks to a month when you first start on paleo to see if you have a sensitivity. However, don't necessarily fall into the thinking that we have to totally eat exactly the same as our hunter gatherer ancestors. No, chocolate, how we understand it now, was likely not around then, but cocao beans were around. Regardless, I like to think of paleo as eating things that are shown to be healthy for us, whether they were available 20,000 years ago or not; although most of them were:-). Dark chocolate is definitely one of those things. I wrote a blog post about it with some supporting research links. Have a look.

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2013/08/27/dark-chocolate-health/

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on September 15, 2013
at 04:20 AM

It depends on what level you are trying to take Paleo to. For me it is a guideline trying to eat closer to the way people would have done so prior to the advent of grains for food and industrialized food processing. If you get anal about it then how could you eat Cacao beans that have been processed and combined with other ingredients into a nice flat bar shaped foil wrapped treat?

I'm pretty strict with what I eat but I do allow myself some 70-90% Chocolate a few times a week. I like it with a spoonful of Almond butter. One thing I try to avoid is hazelnut dark chocolate from Trader Joe's as it is too sweet and addictive - evil.

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on September 16, 2013
at 03:42 AM

I just bought an entire pound of Trader Joe's 72% Dark Chocolate. Wish me luck? :)

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on September 15, 2013
at 12:31 AM

its certainly paleo in the aspect of avoiding grains... sugar ofcourse is not ideal, im sure you know this but its probably more important to enjoy yourself and not stress the small things as long as you arnt downing pounds of the stuff.

chocolate itself without the sugar is extremely good so thats the only downside, ideal chocolate would be pure or with maybe xylitol as a sweetener(in my view)

TL:DR- yes.....but not ideal but dont stress it

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