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by 5 · about 4 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 4 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 40 · about 4 hours ago

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)

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TheGastronomer 0 · March 11, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Cacao "beans" are not legumes (seeds from plants in the family Fabaceae or Leguminosae), they are the seeds of a fruit (just like pumpkin seeds or almonds). So they are perfectly Paleo. They are called "beans" simply out of custom. All... (more)

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

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)

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

Do you think that Hintz dark cocoa powder (unsweetened) is Paleo?? i mixed it with coconut oil and 1 tsp honey to make it taste better, is that ok? please help i am new to Paleo. Thanks P.S this brand is made in Germany

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PortlandPandy 0 · August 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

I don't mean to be flip, but why not consume it? The issue isn't whether it's "paleo", I would think, but (1) what the ingredients are (I'm assuming it's unsweetened, but maybe there are other content challenges); and (2) how much you plan to... (more)

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by 4306 · about 4 hours ago

Is all cocoa powder alkalinized? I think this process removes the fat. Does pure natural cocoa powder exist with full fat or is this an oxymoron?

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Hawkeyes52 0 · August 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Cocoa powder is cocoa nibs with the fat(in this case stearic acid, which is a very healthy fat so you should consider eating just chocolate) pressed out mechanically. Alkalized cocoa powder is treated with an acidic substance(usually sodium... (more)

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by 121 · about 4 hours ago

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)

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Knarf 0 · July 25, 2013 at 4:13 AM

Usually jittery is a sign that you've reached some sort of limit for the short term. Go past that limit, and eventually desensitization will probably occur; you're probably better off treating coffee and chocolate as occasional indulgences (in... (more)

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by 5 · about 4 hours ago

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

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whistlerski 0 · July 01, 2013 at 8:29 AM

make your own from raw cacao butter and powder

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by 3280 · about 4 hours ago

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)

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Crowbar_1 0 · April 12, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Well, the main difference between chocolate and cocoa powder is that the powder has the cocoa butter removed. As far as I'm concerned, the cocoa butter is the good part of the cocoa, as a matter of fact, good chocolate, called couverture, is... (more)

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by 1720 · about 4 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 6229 · about 4 hours ago

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)

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paleohacks 0 · March 22, 2012 at 8:39 PM

It's probably worth considering the possibility that the "health" angle is just trying to justify the fact that you want chocolate. Just eat it, enjoy it and just realize it probably isn't actually a magic, healthy thing. It's just a tasty treat. (more)

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by 3690 · about 4 hours ago

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)

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Trin 0 · September 06, 2012 at 5:56 AM

Maybe you could try using raw cocoa powder and make sure to be eating it with other filling, fibrous foods. Chocolate is a muscle relaxant and mild laxative and can cause an effect much like cherry juice or prunes. If you are sensitive try using... (more)

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by 20 · about 4 hours ago

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)

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CHEESESLAVE 0 · March 04, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Could be a magnesium deficiency. Cocoa is rich in magnesium. If you've cut out whole grains such as brown rice and oats and don't eat a lot of nuts, seeds or leafy greens, you may have magnesium deficiency. Best way to supplement is... (more)

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by 15400 · about 4 hours ago

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)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · February 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM

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)

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by 573 · about 4 hours ago

I'd like ideas for using cocoa butter besides for making chocolate. Is it good to use as just a cooking fat? Any particular foods it goes well with?

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greymouser 0 · February 14, 2012 at 9:43 PM

The smoke point of cocoa butter is actually pretty high - around 180 - 200 C, even though it's melting point is pretty low. Cocoa butter is high in stearic acid, which is a SFA. I have melted it on the stove top, quick seared then broiled steaks... (more)

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by 2379 · about 5 hours ago

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)

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pbo 0 · 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,... (more)

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by 310 · about 5 hours ago

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)

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Huray 0 · December 28, 2011 at 1:25 AM

For the exact data I suggest you contact the manufacturer of your product but USDA data is 230 mg of caffeine per 100g of unsweetened, dry cocoa powder.

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by 1720 · about 5 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 455 · about 5 hours ago

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)

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ben61820 0 · August 05, 2011 at 11:58 AM

I think the main reason is that it's simply not widely available. I got my hands on some years ago and I had to order it through amazon. It came in a solid block that remains solid at room temperature year round. So, it's difficult to use,... (more)

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by 828 · about 5 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 3521 · about 5 hours ago

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)

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UncleLongHair 0 · May 16, 2011 at 5:01 PM

If it has a smooth, sweet taste, it is probably white chocolate, which technically isn't really chocolate, but cocoa butter (the fats from chocolate extracted from the cocoa) mixed with sugar, milk solids, and other... (more)

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by 5629 · about 5 hours ago

My girlfriend thinks I'm crazy. So would my mom and the rest of my family. Everyone is horrified at the amount of butter I eat. But I'm 29, and not too worried about my cholesterol. How do I tell everyone I know that I'm not killing myself... (more)

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by 12174 · about 5 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 1055 · about 5 hours ago

came across this site and wondered if anyone drank this or knew more about? Seems paleo with no sugar,.... http://www.criobru.com/

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Eric_7 0 · February 15, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Hi! This Eric, the developer of Crio. Cocoa has almost no caffeine. It has less than decaf coffee. This is similar to a coffee or a tea in preparation but has amazing chocolate aroma. As for how it is processed, we take 100%, single origin... (more)

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by 22913 · about 5 hours ago

No Artificials No Insulin Boosters No Stevia/Sugar Alcohol No Fruit I'd like ways to hack my tastebuds so far I know Coconut Flour/Oil and Cinnamon work well what else is out there that's Food that canimpact that strong unsweetened cocoa flavor? (more)

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GHarkness 0 · May 19, 2010 at 5:02 PM

As I understand it, the actual problem is that the "taste" of sweet causes insulin to be secreted in anticipation of sugar. So, what you are asking is actually impossible. You want your cocoa to taste sweet without tasting sweet, i.e. you want... (more)

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