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)
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)
I'm starting to incorporate some dark chocolate into my diet and just became curious about the cocoa treated with alkali. The only knowledge I have of alkali treated foods is traditional hominy grits: they were traditionally treated with... (more)
Briefly, how can I tell if the chocolate or coca I'm using has been treated with an alkalizing agent or not? My favorite chocolate is Lindt Excellence 85% and the cocoa I often drink is DecoMorreno (a Polish brand) - none of which provides... (more)
Hi there! I read earlier in http://paleohacks.com/questions/86005/caffeine-in-100-cocoa-powder#axzz2ZycX9713 that cocoa powder can wreck havoc with your adrenals. Has anyone else experienced this? Any knowledge on the amount of caffeine that... (more)
I'm looking to maximize the health benefits of dark chocolate with an organic chocolate bar that is 90% or higher and NOT alkalized (e.g. does not use the dutch process). Any suggestions appreciated. Jeffrey
I purchased an 8oz box of Cocoa: ingredients cocoa powder dutch processed with alkakli. I got it to add to my raw milk. I've never much liked plain milk but wanted to experience the pro-ported health benefits raw milk and cocoa. The clerk... (more)
the only way I like drinking milk is in the form of chocolate milk. but cocoa apparently contains a lot of phytic acid.
Phytic acid (also called ip-6) is an inositol precursor, and anti-carcinogen. If you consume it seperately from mineral rich foods, and do so irregularly, Id consider it health promoting.
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?
I'm a bit confused. I walked into the Lindt store to get dark chocolate. Usually I go for the 70 to 85% but now I want 90%. The label on the 85% says: chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, demerara sugar, bourbon vanilla beans 90%: chocolate,... (more)
I've tried some hershey's all natural cocoa powder in hot water (plain, or add grass fed butter), and each time, it's given me some nasty watery bowel movements. Is this due to a magnesium effect or dosage effect, and if it is, does utilizing... (more)
I've been craving this like crazy lately, eating it plain by the spoonful, but sometimes stirred into water or with a banana in the blender. I've probably eaten 1.5 cups in two days. I'm in the process of trying to kill off my (suspected) sugar... (more)
Hi, yesterday I bought chocolate bar that had 100% cocoa mass listed as the only ingredient. I ate it and for the first time in many days my fatigue is gone. I don't get it - what does cocoa mass have that other foods don't? Could you please... (more)
I discussed what exactly cocoa mass is a post about Hershey's Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder, but to give the executive summary, it is essentially ground up cacao beans that have already been fermented, skinned, roasted etc. Cocoa mass has all... (more)
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... (more)
I'm trying to quit coffee and finding a hot chocolate made with 100% cocoa powder, hot water and coconut milk/whole milk is an excellent substitute, but now I'm concerned I'm still having caffeine because there is probably some caffeine in the... (more)
i am recovering from a magnesium deficiency from this summer. my levels were .5 (1.5-2.5 range). my RBC magnesium test is still on the low end 4.6 (4.2-6.8 range). i am supplementing just fine though, my serum mag is always at the top of the... (more)
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)
I was thinking about making my own chocolate and was looking into cocoa butter. It looks ok, and it smells delicious. Why don't people eat more of it/cook with it? Here's a comparison vs coconut of differences I could find (from... (more)
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)
A relative sent us a big block of what appears to be white chocolate. I did a quick google search and identified it as cocoa butter. The thing is, I am not quite sure if it's pure cocoa butter, it tastes a bit too sweet in my opinion, but I have... (more)
I put it all in a bowl and mixed it with the back of a spoon. It was nice and bitter, a little sweet and creamy and salty. My girlfriend thinks I'm nuts. But it was SO good! How do I tell her that I'm not killing myself with the butter? Other... (more)
I make that for a work snack on third shift(we don't get real breaks or lunches,and sometimes you just have to quickly eat something in between customers).Melt it all together,freeze on wax paper.Sometimes I put tahini on it, too.
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)
I know chocolate isn't paleo, but I was wondering if there was some way to reduce the phytic acid in cocoa or chocolate by cooking/fermenting? I had an idea to add cocoa to a yoghurt (also not paleo!) would that work to reduce the phytic acid? (more)