SCD diet and chocolate

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   Posted 2/10/2011 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that chocolate is not allowed on the SCD diet. I'm unclear as to why? I came across some emails that Elaine responded to and it seems like her answer was that it was addictive in nature. I didn't see anything in the answer that implied "bad for your colon.". I guess I'm wondering if anyone on the forum may have tried unsweetened coco in a recipient without I'll effects? I'm interested in trying this one

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   Posted 2/10/2011 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I've tried almost every version of chocolate (including unsweetened cocoa powder in baking) to no good end (punny). I can't speak for Elaine's reasoning but my results were 1) yes, addictive in nature 2) caused faster transit in my gut (never good for me) 3)caused colon spasms sometimes, not predictable.

I don't think it's poison by any means, just that it's not gut friendly for me. And yes I have some every now and then when I know I don't have anything demanding that day or the next day my gut won't screw up.
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   Posted 2/10/2011 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm so maybe try on a weekend, only one piece and send the rest home with guests to limit temptations :)

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   Posted 2/10/2011 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
contains lactose, sugar...that's why is illegal on scd diet. also cocoa has a irritative effect on the colon.

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   Posted 2/10/2011 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have a can in the house to verify, so I maybe very mistaken, but I thought unsweetened coco powder was sugar free, but it could of course contain lactose, that didn't occur to me or maybe even some sort of starch to keep it from clumping. Thanks for the input.

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   Posted 2/10/2011 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I do have a canister of unsweetened cocoa powder in my house, and it contains just that: cocoa powder.  No lactose, no sugar.  I think the reason chocolate isn't allowed is as a previous person already said, even without the sugar and other stuff often associated with chocolate, the cocoa itself has addictive tendencies for some people (though I have never especially liked chocolate, so I guess not addictive to everyone).
I had been on the SCD for several months, and then ate a dark chocolate covered almond.  One (1).  Someone gave it to me, it seemed like a good idea at the time, and I ate it.  Pretty tasty, but not worth the 3 hours of very bloated gassiness it gave me later that day.  Wow!  That experience alone made me not want to eat any more chocolate.
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   Posted 2/10/2011 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
What about Raw Cacao? Is that also bad? I eat chocolate in moderatin, it doesn't seem to effect my condition.
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   Posted 4/7/2012 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I do web updates for one of my graphic design client's who's a raw foodie and she sells me raw cacao powder which I put in my rice milk. For me, it seems to soothe my gut and it's full of iron and helps absorb nutrients. Probably not for everyone but that's what I know about it. I know she gets it from a very good source too so maybe I just feel good that I'm eating something so, well, pure.

I should probably go without it for several weeks and then try it to see if it has any negative affect on my guts, but so far, so good.

Maybe I'm just justifying it cuz I LOVE dark chocolate!!

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   Posted 4/8/2012 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
That's great because the pure, organic raw cacao has wonderful nutrients and a healthy nutritional profile! You're lucky you're able to buy such high quality raw cacao.
I too love dark chocolate, and will indulge but only if it's at or above 80% cacao.

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