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Will Chocolate Feed Candida?

Raw, organic cacao powder made with a gut-friendly sugar, like stevia or lakanto, will not necessarily feed Candida, also known as Candidiasis or yeast overgrowth, but can be abrasive to the digestive tract lining.

This is because chocolate contains abrasive ingredients, such as sulfur, phytic acid, caffeine, oxalates, and alkaloids; all of which unfortunately make chocolate an acid-forming and potentially gut-irritating food. 

Many people learn late in life that they are sensitive to chocolate;. This is especially so for those whose digestive power has become weakened for one reason or another. A weak gut is often associated with leaky gut, colon inflammation, and auto-immune disorders and is unable to break down the constituents found in chocolate. When oxalates, sulfur, or other irritating substances found in chocolate are not broken down efficiently they can hang out in the digestive tract and cause the immune system to react negatively with an allergy (i.e. hives, shortness of breath, stomach cramps, swelling of lips, vomiting).

If you have a chronic gut issue, I recommend avoiding chocolate for 3-6 months while you hit the bulls-eye each day to improve your gut health. During this time, stick to snacks allowed on stage 1. Once your issues subside and you feel good about re-introducing chocolate, see how you feel. If you are in relatively good shape, keep your dose to an ounce and choose organic; the more processed the cacao, the less benefit. 

Benefits of raw, organic cacao powder…

  • Contains flavonoids with antioxidant properties that protect cells and combat free radicals. Flavonoids contribute to heart health; by improving circulation, lowering blood pressure, and reducing plaque that can build up on artery walls. Cocao contains 8 times the amount of antioxidants found in strawberries. 
  • Contains essential minerals, including magnesium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, manganese and calcium. Also contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B8, and E.
  • Contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which affects brain chemistry in a similar fashion to falling in love. Cacao has been shown to increase neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which can elevate mood and lessen depression.
  • Contains protein and fiber.

Signs of a chocolate sensitivity…

  • Cramps
  • Wheezing
  • Bloating
  • Acne
  • Headaches
  • Skin Rash
  • Chronic Inflammation

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References

https://bodyecology.com/articles/the-shocking-truth-about-chocolate-plus-a-recipe-for-homemade-chocolate

http://www.cacaoweb.net/nutrition.html

http://www.rawsomehealthy.com/what-makes-chocolate-unhealthy/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/theobromine

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