My friend and I just split a 100% dark chocolate organic Sunspire baking bar. Is it bad to be regularly eating this much chocolate? We do this every couple days?
What's good about dark chocolate and what's the bad?
Is it really true that it contains phytic acid? If so, that would be sad because I have come to enjoy the 100% bars and their taste.
Does dark chocolate cause an insulin spike?
I don't know about the effect on insulin, but if you frequently crave dark chocolate you may have a magnesium deficiency. Try supplementing - I use Natural Calm; tastes decent and it's not terribly expensive.
If it's truly 100% dark chocolate, then there is no sugar in it... at all. If it's really 100% dark chocolate. It's literally just chocolate, and nothing else. :)
However, if the chocolate that you ate was sweet, it was definitely not 100% dark chocolate.
100% dark chocolate -- made from cocoa beans which are similar to their coffee bean cousins -- is extremely bitter and NOT sweet at all.
Therefore, it would not cause an insulin spike... there's nothing to encourage insulin production. Kind of like when you drink black coffee.
I totally agree that it might be a deficiency in magnesium or chromium. Maybe try this alternate that worked for me:
Em's "Hot Cocoa"
3-4 heeping spoonfuls of 100% cocoa powder (baking isle) cinnamon
Pour boiling water over it, stir it up. Top with almond milk or canned coconut milk.
Fixed my need for that chocolate bar and I know you'll find it delicious.
Plus, a lot less calories if that is in concern.
Blog post "Chocolate Rehab" : http://baconandskinnyjeans.blogspot.com/2012/01/chocolate-rehab.html
I love 100% Cacao baking chocolate. I buy the Baker's brand for very cheap as well. I eat 2-3 oz a day and that's really the only time (outside of maybe a few times a year eating Lindt's 90% dark) chocolate I eat. It has no sugar at all.
Chocolate is yummy and an anti-oxidant and all that, but if you're having say a bar a day every day, that probably means you are under-eating or are missing out on some nutrients. It is a candy bar after all.
I it is 100% cacao that means no sugar which mean no insulin spike. Very antioxidant dense.
I would listen to your body as chocolate is a potent stimulant. I cant eat much pas 7 or my sleep is effected. IT is also a powerful mood elivator, great for a buzz of seratonin here and there.
Are you attached to the flavor, or happy brain effects?
I work as a chocolate maker. I eat about an oz of 81% or higher everyday.
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