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Chocolate

Discussion in 'The Epi-Paleo Diet' started by April082, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. April082

    April082 New Member

    Hi there!
    Jack mentions in his book that he adds pure organic chocolate with low mycotoxin to his Primal Rx for heart disease prevention.

    Any favorite brands people enjoy? I could use a little direction with this one. I’d love to have some chocolate while enjoying my Purple Angel wine in the sunshine.

    Thanks!!
    -April
     
  2. ElectricUniverse

    ElectricUniverse New Member

    I am a happy chocoholic, but tend to stay away from the highly processed chocolate in confections (bars, etc) even if they are touted as natural and organic.

    Conventional chocolate production has a number of processing steps, but I am particularly wary of a conching step, where the chocolate mixture is stirred or kneaded for hours or days. I wonder and ponder what it does to valuable polyphenols that give chocolate its health-promoting reputation.

    The other major problem with 'health' chocolate bars is awful added sugar content (which may be cleverly called fair trade organic cane sugar or agave). Not good. If you are going to enjoy sweet chocolate make sure the sweetener is more metabolically benign-- such as stevia.

    I use pure, unsweetened organic cocoa powder in non-alkalized form. I switch natural brands a bit-- currently I am using the Now brand. I limit cocoa powder use sadly to moderate amounts. You can have too much of a good thing.

    I haven't looked into mold toxin levels in organic cocoa, but that is important and needs to be considered, just as it is for coffee, grains, etc.
     
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  3. Sun Disciple

    Sun Disciple AKA Paul...That Call Drop'n Canadian

    lindt 85% and above are usually a cleaner option and widely available.
     
  4. ElectricUniverse

    ElectricUniverse New Member

    Lindt is a Swiss company that seems to be one of the better, more ethical corporations in the industry.

    I have tried their product and it is quite good, taste wise.

    Lindt makes a sugar-free dark chocolate bar (actually it is sweetened with maltitol, a sugar alcohol considered relatively safe).
     

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