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Intense Sugar Rush from 400 Cals of Chocolate?

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I'm a lean & healthy 27-year-old guy who's been eating paleo for two years. Typical day I eat 1/3 lb of meat, 6 cups veggies, 2 cups fruit, 2 tbsp oil, 1/4 cup nuts. That's roughly 1.2Kcals, 43g protein and 20g fiber.

I haven't eaten any junk food in the last two years, but today I ate a 400 cal milk chocolate bar. I used to eat them all the time with no side effects, but this one gave me a huge sugar rush. I got really nervous, my mind was racing and disjointed, my hands were shaking, and I was pacing around in circles. Four hours later I ate some meat & veggies but it didn't lower my blood sugar and here I am six hours later too jittery to sleep. My fasting glucose is 72 mg/dL and at 10% body fat I have really good insulin sensitivity, but it looks like paleo caused massive intolerance to even small quantities of processed food.

Has anyone else had a similar experience? Did paleo make you intolerant to sugar, chocolate, milk or other processed food? Any idea why my body can't handle a glucose spike anymore? Maybe because the pancreatic beta cells aren't used to cranking out insulin after a meal?

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102 · August 10, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Not the answer I expected! Glad to hear you're handling it well though (other than the zany chocolate experience)

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125 · August 10, 2014 at 3:36 AM

Was there soy lecithin in it? I have weird reactions to that ingredient, also toe curling foot cramps. Chocolate without it, I don't have the reaction.

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5 · August 10, 2014 at 1:14 AM

I've noticed that I used to be able to eat something like caramel slice without any noticeable affect and now if I try to eat one I'll feel like I've been punched in the guts

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0 · August 09, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Almost- Good info. I checked the Primal Blueprint and Mark Sisson says theobromine is a chemical released in the brain when you fall in love. No wonder dark chocolate is a mood enhancer. This bar was just cheap milk chocolate though, only 20% cacao.

Myth- It's interesting. I often eat 3 cups of mangoes with dinner and my body has no trouble handling the 72g of sugar. But the 65g of sugar in that bar gave a big sugar spike. Maybe its the difference between fructose/sucrose, or the fact that the fructose is naturally packaged with fiber. Anyway, thanks for the neat article.

Schultz- Yup, got a colostomy, so I live on what most would consider a semi-starvation diet. But I eat really nutritious food, so I have good vitals.

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102 · August 10, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Not the answer I expected! Glad to hear you're handling it well though (other than the zany chocolate experience)

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102 · August 09, 2014 at 7:16 PM

You only eat 1,200 calories a day?

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281 · August 09, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Found this article that explains the experience of a carb overload for someone who is generally healthy and eats lower carbs.

What Happens to Your Body When You Carb Binge?

It's not that you have a bad insulin response now, it's that you had a bad insulin response before when you were eating chocolate bars all the time. Now, your body is more attuned.

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8 · August 09, 2014 at 12:53 PM

What was the percentage of chocolate? I had a similar experience after eating a large amount of 85% dark chocolate before bed. There's a substance in cacao called theobromine that's a stimulant, and if you don't drink coffee or take any stimulants, and eat a clean diet, you're more susceptible to the effects.

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