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by 0 · about 15 hours ago

I saw Crio Bru on Amazon in the coffee substitute category.  I assumed it was just another chicory/barley/rye based instant drink.  Turns out it's made from cocoa beans and is basically like a gourmet hot chocolate with no sugar.... (more)

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by 5 · about 15 hours ago

Do you have anything to say about trace amounts of avoids (such as those found on packages of foods processed/packaged in the same facility as some avoids) in an autoimmune protocol ? As stated in here about cocoa liquor, which is melted... (more)

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moors 0 · May 04, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Ok, so to summarize the cocoa stance on the book by Sarah Ballantyne, it is that they can stimulate the release of histamin from mast cells and they can be reintroduced in stage 2 of the 4 stages of reintroduction. Other reasons may be that it... (more)

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by 5 · about 15 hours ago

I used to eat self prepared sweets with alkali processed low fat cocoa and it frequently gave me headaches, later (long time before I became strict paleo) I started to use alkali processed but higher fat cocoa and cocoa butter together and it... (more)

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pone 0 · May 04, 2014 at 4:20 AM

moors, you make a really interesting point. Is 100% cacao baking chocolate made by combining the cacao solids with additional amounts of cacao butter? Since the nibs already contain the butter, how is the actual chocolate making process changing... (more)

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by 0 · about 15 hours ago

I am totally new to paleo and am doing a paleo challenge that my crossfit box is hosting for a month. I know sweets are considered cheats, but I am allowed unsweetened cacao as long as it's in moderation. I just went to my local Sprouts and... (more)

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by 0 · about 15 hours ago

I'm interested in dark chocolate. I like it. And have had the fancy stuff like green&black and dark chocolate brands, but where I'm at they only have up to 85%... I want darker. The only reason I haven't gotten something like a Baker's... (more)

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by 10 · about 15 hours ago

I read that its really easy to melt them but when I've tried they got nowhere near melted :( do they actually melt?

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samc 0 · November 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Finely grind them and mix with some GF butter or coconut oil and some honey for a great homemade dark chocolate. Freshly ground I eat them with a spoon and some almond butter.

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by 480 · about 15 hours ago

I have edited this so as not to come off as self promoting. I work for a raw vegan chocolate company. We make 81% raw dark Chocolate with 5 ingredients. 81% Raw Cacao Raw Cacao Butter Raw Coconut sugar Wild craft Vanilla Bean Himalayan Sea... (more)

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TruthinessInc 0 · July 24, 2013 at 5:08 AM

This...this sounds terrible...you make no mention if it's Free run, or cage free...is it injected with hormones or antibiotics! What kind of monsters are you people! ???Himalayan Sea Salt? You....you just wait until PETA finds... (more)

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by 1232 · about 15 hours ago

I'm currently drinking a mug of "hot chocolate" (made with coconut oil, raw cacao powder and hot water) and wondering if this could be a good bulletproof substitute for those who can't stomach coffee. I drink green tea with a tsp of coconut oil... (more)

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CD 0 · January 07, 2013 at 5:38 PM

If that is all you are putting in it (i.e. no sweeteners) than it's probably fine. I am not on the "Bulletproof" train, but plenty of people seem to like it. PHD is a fan of chocolate --... (more)

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by 1720 · about 15 hours ago

Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa makes me anxious. Raw Cacao does not make me anxious. Or so it seems. Does one have caffeine and the other not, or do they both contain caffeine?

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greymouser 0 · April 10, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Contrary to what most people believe, chocolate does not contain a significant amount of caffeine - about 2mg/g. It does however contain more theobromine - about 15mg/g. Both chemicals are xanthines, and many xanthines are stimulants. Summary:... (more)

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by 15400 · about 16 hours ago

I found a couple brands online, but don't know if they are any good. Please let me know what they taste like. Are they even edible? http://www.amazon.com/Live-Superfoods-Organic-Cacao-Beans/dp/B001VLV61Y Thanks! (more)

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Sam_7 0 · February 24, 2012 at 2:02 AM

I'm not sure what you mean by "raw organic cacao beans," but I have had nibs and I would advise people away from them. I had thought they would be quite similar to 100% cacao bars but they are not. 100% cacao bars are a slightly processed... (more)

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by 4283 · about 16 hours ago

http://www.hersheys.com/pure-products/hersheys-cocoa/special-dark.aspx Hershey's Special Dark 100% Cacao, worth buying or sugar bomb? Alternatives? (more)

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sean_1 0 · November 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Hershey's Cocoa Special Dark is dutch processed which has greatly reduced flavonols. So if you are going to eat Hershey's get Natural Unsweetened which can be found in most US grocery stores. But I would avoid Hershey's all together. Their cacao... (more)

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by 1720 · about 16 hours ago

I read amazing benefits of consuming raw cacao, then come across reading the negative effects of cacao. I don't know which side I should stand on. Testimonials speak volumes, and maybe I should guinea pig myself with cacao, but has anyone out... (more)

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SlightlyReworded 0 · October 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Regarding any form of cacao: My mood noticeably improves when I include cocoa powder or dark chocolate. Also, this is less scientific, but my exercise recovery sucked more during the times when I wasn't including these in my diet, so I associate... (more)

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by 1720 · about 16 hours ago

These two seem to differ. http://www.morethanalive.com/Cacao-Organic-Raw-Powder?s=cacao http://www.cheftalk.com/t/19794/whats-difference-between-cacao-powder-and-cocoa-powder (more)

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cliff_1 0 · October 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Raw cacao isn't roasted but pretty much all of them are not raw as they reach temps in excess of 150 degrees during fermentation. Raw cacao is a marketing gimic, the first link you posted is classic pseudo-science magic cacao BS. They claim... (more)

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by 828 · about 16 hours ago

I eat at least a TBSP of cocoa every day. I mix it with coffee and have been making shakes with it since the summer hit. I'm partial to Hershey's Special Dark but it's not organic and I'm sure the bean-to-package process is questionable... (more)

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sean_1 0 · June 11, 2011 at 9:50 AM

I don't have tips on specific brands, but do have an answer to help in your choice: There are 2 types of unsweetened cacao powder to consider: natural (simply roasted and pulverized into powder) dutch processed (processed with alkali to... (more)

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by 525 · about 16 hours ago

Ok I've seen 70% dark chocolate in some places and even 85%. I know 100% dark chocolate is out there somewhere. Can anyone tell me where I could buy it? By the way I live in the UK.

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Jack_Kronk 0 · March 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

You can buy a variation of forms of 100% cacao, specifically bars, nibs, or powder. Since you are in the UK, I will skip mentioning that many specialty stores in the states like Whole Foods and Henrys and Trader Joes sell it. Oh oops. I guess I... (more)

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by 12174 · about 16 hours ago

I love the flavor of white chocolate, especially with vanilla bean seeds, but NOT the overdone sweetness. Is there a "baker's chocolate" version of white chocolate - completely unsweetened - out there? Judging by the ingredient lists on a lot of... (more)

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stephthegeek 0 · March 01, 2011 at 2:11 AM

My friend came up with a recipe for stevia-sweetened white chocolate: http://stuffimakemyhusband.blogspot.com/2010/10/white-chocolate-low-carb-dairy-free.html (more)

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by 18701 · about 16 hours ago

I just bought my first bag of raw cacao nibs. I have no idea what to do with them! I really only bought them because I've read about them here and had never seen them at the store. Ideas please?

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familygrokumentarian 0 · February 06, 2011 at 1:34 AM

Use them for: Topping custards. Great basic custard recipe here at Son of Grok. Tossing on salads (yes, salads! Crunchy and winey is a good addition to most salads.) When you're looking for a satisfying low-carb dessert, combine cacao nibs with... (more)

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by 5 · about 16 hours ago

I am new to the paleo lifestyle. Is chocolate allowed? If so, what kinds?

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Cave_Man_Mind_6 0 · September 03, 2010 at 12:09 AM

Perfectly acceptable I think! I have a low-sugar dark chocolate (74% cocoa) and hazelnut bar that comes in at 21g sugar per 100g bar. I view this literally as a piece of fruit, if anything healthier than your average piece of fruit! It has less... (more)

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by 3690 · about 16 hours ago

I know a lot of paleo eaters like to bend the rules and have a treat with dark chocolate, which is a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese, but I'm still on the fence with it for my own consumption. Ever since I can... (more)

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Matt_1 0 · July 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

It does not sound like an allergy if a couple of sneezes are the only symptoms you get. It is more likely to be something similar to the Photic sneeze reflex when sunlight on the face causes sneezing. No one really knows why this happens. This... (more)

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by 0 · October 24, 2014 at 5:00 AM

I was in the gas station and I noticed nuts coated with Cacao powder. Of couse they used a none paleo friendly oil but it was something I wanted to do at home. I've already soaked and dehydrated the nuts. I'm not very good at making recipes, so I... (more)

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moors 0 · July 01, 2014 at 6:14 AM

melt some cocoa butter, add some natural cocoa powder and some carob extract(which is something like molasses) or honey, mix and cover over nutsOr if you have cacao powder, just mix with some honey or carob extract and cover over nuts.

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by 550 · October 24, 2014 at 3:53 AM

It's in a lot of people's top 5 foods according to responses on that question. If you search chocolate there are a ton of questions about it, ways to get it, which is the best, etc etc. Many people eat it daily on here. There's some info... (more)

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BaconHealsChic 0 · February 22, 2012 at 7:38 PM

You might as well ask why people have sex. It would fit your argument just as well. My answer to you is seratonin and also dark chocolate still fits in the Paleo framework with negligible downsides.

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by 571 · October 23, 2014 at 4:17 AM

I've found black tea + cacao nibs steeped + coconut milk makes a good substitute for coffee in the morning. I find the cacao nibs a little hard to eat otherwise. They don't have a nice flavor on their own, and they are gritty and get stuck in... (more)

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by 3742 · October 22, 2014 at 3:32 AM

What can I do with Cacao butter if I were to buy some? Is there any advantage to diversifying by fat profile by using it? I already eat extra dark chocolate a few times a week.

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Carly 0 · February 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Nipple massage. Apparently....... Oh wait, or is that nipple message?

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