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can chocolate cause loose stool? (this may be a TMI)

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Created November 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM

dark chocolate is my "treat"... i enjoy a few small bricks nightly, maybe 5 nights a week. this has been my ritual since ditching grains and other junk foods. yes, i know that the sugar content is an issue here, so we don't need to visit that "dark side" of chocolate!!

i can't think of what else could be causing this, as when i remove it from my diet, my symptoms resolve within a few days..

since my chocolate ritual began, i've had massively loose stools.. bowel emptying stools, every morning, before i eat breakfast, before consuming anything at all. my question is this: is it really the chocolate? everything i read online (yeah, i know.. internet not always right), says that dark chocolate is actually known to treat diarrhea! so WTH? is it my personal reaction to is? is there something i don't know about chocolate that i need to know? magnesium? fat? is it unhealthy to poop this completely? i will give up chocolate if i need to, but want to know the science behind this!!

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17103 · November 06, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Yeah, lindt started adding "barley malt" to their flavored bars and truffles. The 85%, 90% and 99% bars were clean last I checked. Barley Malt is a way to generate MSG. :(

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40 · December 03, 2012 at 3:56 PM

ok, i am fairly certain this was a big factor. i feel like chocolate just cuts through my belly so fast, all of the contents expel with it. it makes sense to me that it isn't the caffiene, i think it is the other chemicals listed here that grab me. damn. i really loved my long affair with chocolate. ugh.

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7275 · November 15, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Oh, no, if it's endangered species brand you're reacting to, it's not the gluten, it's the chocolate itself. I went through a period thinking I couldn't tolerate chocolate at all, until I realized it was just that Lindt and a couple other brands weren't totally gluten free. Maybe you can calm your gut in other ways, and eventually be able to tolerate chocolate again?

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7275 · November 15, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Yeah, chocolate does have only a little caffeine. Unfortunately, theophylline and theobromine act similarly.

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40 · November 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM

i thought it was just a small amt of caf in chocolate! i guess i thought it was "safe"!

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7275 · November 15, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Yeah, caffeine, as well as theophylline and theobromine which are similar to caffeine and more abundant in chocolate.

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40 · November 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

tell me more about the gut motility thing... because of the caffeine? i cut down to 2/3 caffeine coffee because i thought it was making me go so.... urgently. i now also force myself to sip coffee throughout a 2 hour period so i don't poop my pants. why does chocolate do the same? this could be my answer!!

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40 · November 15, 2012 at 7:08 PM

it happens on high and low fat days!!

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40 · November 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM

no, no lindt chocolate! mostly endangered species brand. sometimes green and black brand. i always check the ingredient list for any gluten. i am not sensitive to gluten in the degree that "if it shares equipment" etc... just consuming it in itself would make for a reaction. good suggestion, though!

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7275 · November 14, 2012 at 12:52 AM

I can confirm that Lindt chocolate (at least in the US) contains traces of gluten. Endangered Species chocolate, and any other brand certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group, would be a safe choice for anyone wanting to test out whether they have a chocolate intolerance or whether it's from gluten contamination.

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7275 · November 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Have you noticed a difference with different brands? I have to rush to the bathroom 20 minutes after I eat most chocolate (probably due to gluten contamination, as I have celiac disease and am more sensitive than most), but I found some brands that I can eat without a problem.

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7275 · November 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Chocolate (like coffee) increases gut motility, so that could make your stools softer. If your reaction is strong, it's also possible you have an intolerance.

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40 · December 03, 2012 at 3:56 PM

ok, i am fairly certain this was a big factor. i feel like chocolate just cuts through my belly so fast, all of the contents expel with it. it makes sense to me that it isn't the caffiene, i think it is the other chemicals listed here that grab me. damn. i really loved my long affair with chocolate. ugh.

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7275 · November 15, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Yeah, chocolate does have only a little caffeine. Unfortunately, theophylline and theobromine act similarly.

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40 · November 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM

i thought it was just a small amt of caf in chocolate! i guess i thought it was "safe"!

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7275 · November 15, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Yeah, caffeine, as well as theophylline and theobromine which are similar to caffeine and more abundant in chocolate.

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40 · November 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

tell me more about the gut motility thing... because of the caffeine? i cut down to 2/3 caffeine coffee because i thought it was making me go so.... urgently. i now also force myself to sip coffee throughout a 2 hour period so i don't poop my pants. why does chocolate do the same? this could be my answer!!

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185 · November 13, 2012 at 2:09 PM

What type of chocolate are you eating?

I was at the store the other day, and saw these new Hershey's sugar free chocolate. They caught my attention so I flipped them over to see the nutritional value and ingridients. They had a sugar substitute in them and below all of that, it said that it could act like a laxative for some people. So It is possible, check the ingridients!

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15 · November 10, 2013 at 4:09 AM

I eat a goodly amount of Lindt 85% or 90% almost every day, and when I first started, I noticed the same thing. I gave the chocolate a rest for a while and when I did return to it I made certain to eat less. I find that if I eat too much I still get some stomach upset/loose stools, but it's better now than it was. Keep it to a square or two and you should be fine. If you want to have more than that, perhaps stagger it over a period of hours so that you're not putting it all into your stomach at once. Sometimes I'll grab a square or two out of the freezer and then, after dinner, grab another one. Works for me.

Of course, it goes without saying that you must eat the good stuff. Don't bother with any milk chocolate or sugar-free chocolates chock full of junk additives. If you haven't, develop a taste for 85% or higher dark chocolate. A little goes a long way and it's more satisfying than, say, Hershey's.

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17103 · November 06, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Does the chocolate you're trying contain xylitol or another sugar-alcohol as a sugar substitute? If so, that's likely the issue.

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0 · November 06, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I have interesting situation. I am chocoholic, I simply love things with good chocolate. Just one problem: my threshold for stuff seems to be diminishing. Now I frequently experience what I call 'chocolate diarrhoea' stools. It even looks like chocolate sauce or syrup at times. But I know it is obviously mix of other intestinal contents and... well... chocolate! Is this common? I am 23year old male from Japan. I hate to have to start give up chocolate! My stools can easily be mistaken for chocolate syrup or pudding! What am I to do? On average I have from two to three bars some days of week, from Meiji, Glyco, etc. Thank you.

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243 · November 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

From what I've been told, Lindt's chocolate, albeit delicious, is contaminated with Gluten. Perhaps your gut is reacting? Do you know if you have gluten intolerance?

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17103 · November 06, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Yeah, lindt started adding "barley malt" to their flavored bars and truffles. The 85%, 90% and 99% bars were clean last I checked. Barley Malt is a way to generate MSG. :(

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7275 · November 15, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Oh, no, if it's endangered species brand you're reacting to, it's not the gluten, it's the chocolate itself. I went through a period thinking I couldn't tolerate chocolate at all, until I realized it was just that Lindt and a couple other brands weren't totally gluten free. Maybe you can calm your gut in other ways, and eventually be able to tolerate chocolate again?

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40 · November 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM

no, no lindt chocolate! mostly endangered species brand. sometimes green and black brand. i always check the ingredient list for any gluten. i am not sensitive to gluten in the degree that "if it shares equipment" etc... just consuming it in itself would make for a reaction. good suggestion, though!

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7275 · November 14, 2012 at 12:52 AM

I can confirm that Lindt chocolate (at least in the US) contains traces of gluten. Endangered Species chocolate, and any other brand certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group, would be a safe choice for anyone wanting to test out whether they have a chocolate intolerance or whether it's from gluten contamination.

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0 · November 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

How long have you been on your diet? It may not be the chocolate, if you are adding more fat to your diet, too fast, you may upset your stomach.

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40 · November 15, 2012 at 7:08 PM

it happens on high and low fat days!!

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2799 · November 13, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I put http://www.amazon.com/Navitas-Naturals-Chocolate-Organic-16-Ounce/dp/B001E5E0Y2 in my whey shakes. I started with a heaping teaspoon and got a bit runny. After cutting back the amount and slowly working up all was well. I use about two teaspoons per shake now with no problems.

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