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    Is chocolate really good for you?

    I've been reading a lot of articles recently about cacao and it seems a lot of people think that cacao isn't so good after all.

    Is Raw Cacao Really Healthy?

    Is Cacao Good Or Bad? - High on Health— High on Health

    One bit which worries me is "We could sum this up simply by saying that raw cacao over stimulates the heart, mind, nervous system and body. Over stimulation is never a good thing. It leads to burn out, malfunction and degradation."

    Does anyone have any opinions on this?
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    My opinion is that it is healthy in a sound and balanced diet, but no need in overdoing it, more is not always better. Find a balance with the rest of the food you are eating I say...

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    i stopped eating it because I didnt feel it was healthy for ME...but I have a seizure disorder and dont need my brain over-stimulated anyway.
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    A little over two years ago, I was eating anywhere from half a bar to an entire bar of 85% dark chocolate a day, and I felt AWFUL. No energy, poor sleep, poor skin, very irritable, etc.

    I've long since got my consumption of cacao in check, so I've been able to more accurately measure the effects of reasonable quantities, and in many cases, it's still no good. A very small amount of very dark chocolate (85%+, <10g) every other day works best for me. "Lighter" chocolate (less than 70%) doesn't seem to bother me much, but I don't really like overly sweet chocolate.

    There are significant differences between raw cacao and non-raw cacao -- I would opt for non-raw cacao in every case. Raw cacao is simply not a good food choice for me. I recently visited a friend's health store in NY and bought one of the high end raw cacao bars. I didn't eat much of it, but within an hour, I felt dizzy, nauseous, and fatigued.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarek View Post
    A little over two years ago, I was eating anywhere from half a bar to an entire bar of 85% dark chocolate a day, and I felt AWFUL. No energy, poor sleep, poor skin, very irritable, etc.

    I've long since got my consumption of cacao in check, so I've been able to more accurately measure the effects of reasonable quantities, and in many cases, it's still no good. A very small amount of very dark chocolate (85%+, <10g) every other day works best for me. "Lighter" chocolate (less than 70%) doesn't seem to bother me much, but I don't really like overly sweet chocolate.

    There are significant differences between raw cacao and non-raw cacao -- I would opt for non-raw cacao in every case. Raw cacao is simply not a good food choice for me. I recently visited a friend's health store in NY and bought one of the high end raw cacao bars. I didn't eat much of it, but within an hour, I felt dizzy, nauseous, and fatigued.
    I completely agree. Once i ate a whole 100g bar of 85% and about half an hour later i felt incredibly sick. I felt very nauseous and hallucinogenic for the rest of the day, like i was high, it was awful. But it's definitely a dosage issue, too much chocolate makes me feel bad, but the right amount I find makes me feel really good.

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    I am beginning to realize that I have a poor reaction to chocolate.

    I'm semi-addicted to the stuff. But when I stop eating it, I stop bloating in my face, and eventually I lose all my water weight.

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    Just look at the all mighty Orac scale! It rocks the sox off of any vegetable and pounds blueberries.

    So from now on my list in order of refrigerator space importance goes: Eggs, Meat, Raw Milk, Chocolate.....everything else.

    You wanna improve your chances at a Nobel Prize? Eat your chocolate!

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    Ok, I'm kinda joking. In all seriousness I would treat it like any "scary" vegetable (spinache, kale, broccoli). Eat a bit of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neckhammer View Post
    Just look at the all mighty Orac scale! It rocks the sox off of any vegetable and pounds blueberries.

    So from now on my list in order of refrigerator space importance goes: Eggs, Meat, Raw Milk, Chocolate.....everything else.

    You wanna improve your chances at a Nobel Prize? Eat your chocolate!

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    Ok, I'm kinda joking. In all seriousness I would treat it like any "scary" vegetable (spinache, kale, broccoli). Eat a bit of it.
    Can you access that article? It says I need to purchase it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukey View Post
    Can you access that article? It says I need to purchase it.
    I cant access the whole article but they blog about it at the bottom of this post and give some more info:

    Chocolate: What is the Optimal Dose? | Perfect Health Diet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neckhammer View Post
    I cant access the whole article but they blog about it at the bottom of this post and give some more info:

    Chocolate: What is the Optimal Dose? | Perfect Health Diet
    Ah, quite interesting haha

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