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Any arguments against cocoa butter?

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Created January 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

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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8979 · January 12, 2012 at 3:57 PM

wow, firestorm, that's expensive!!!

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365 · January 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Yes, I figured the major barrier would be price as well, in comparison to other oils.

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1186 · January 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I have some raw stuff that comes formed in little "buttons". They're great to get me through until the next meal.

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12540 · January 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

The biggest issue that may come up for some folks is that it has a VERY noticeable flavor. I purchase raw cocoa butter from a couple of sources (Raw Guru, Live Superfoods, etc.) and enjoy it most in things like curries or mole, where the intense chocolate taste isn't going to interfere with the flavor of the food. In terms of the nutritional profile, I'd never really thought of it as a staple, but that's only because my 1st-choice fats are animal fats. Now that you mention it, it might move in line in front of macadamia and avocado oil in my planning.

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12540 · January 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

http://livesuperfoods.com/raw-foods/oils-fats/cacao-butter.html These folks have raw, food-grade cocoa butter. Not inexpensive, but very tasty.

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2707 · January 11, 2012 at 7:54 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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17103 · January 11, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Other than the price, no objections to it.

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365 · January 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Yes, I figured the major barrier would be price as well, in comparison to other oils.

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8255 · January 11, 2012 at 8:43 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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8979 · January 11, 2012 at 3:06 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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12540 · January 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

http://livesuperfoods.com/raw-foods/oils-fats/cacao-butter.html These folks have raw, food-grade cocoa butter. Not inexpensive, but very tasty.

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1186 · January 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I have some raw stuff that comes formed in little "buttons". They're great to get me through until the next meal.

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8979 · January 12, 2012 at 3:57 PM

wow, firestorm, that's expensive!!!

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