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Any arguments against cocoa butter?

by 2368 · January 11, 2012 at 09:37 PM

Hi there,

when I looked at the fatty acid profile of cocoa butter I was quite surprised.

  • PUFA 3%
  • MUFA 32%
  • SFA 65%

Low in PUFA and lots of saturated fatty acids - actually quite similar to coconut oil (which however comprises more MCTs) But all in all it sounds like a very healthy sort of fat.

Though it doesn't seem to be widely consumed among paleos. So what are the major contra arguments against cocoa butter consumption?

Cocoa butter does not have theobromine in it and some sources say it has no salicylates either. Cocoa is rich in amines but I don't know whether the cocoa butter has them too.

So is it safe to make cocoa butter a "staple"?

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2650 · January 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM

Love it!

Easy to over consume, so for me its very similar to nuts, in that it is something I try not to do every day, although I do like the nutritional profile a lot more than most nuts.

Once or twice a week as a treat with some berries, squash, etc.

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16813 · January 11, 2012 at 03:36 PM

Other than the price, no objections to it.

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8185 · January 11, 2012 at 08:43 PM

I've seen some concerns over aflatoxins/molds in cocoa beans getting through to the cocoa butter. But I don't know how much credence I give to sensitivity to that stuff.

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8890 · January 11, 2012 at 03:06 PM

I haven't found a source for food-grade cocoa butter and find that chocolate and cocoa powder make me just want to eat more and more. But I think chocolate in some form is widely consumed by paleos.

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