Worried you’ll have to give up chocolate when you quit sugar?
Well, don’t fret! Even Sarah admits that she probably couldn’t have quit sugar if it meant she’d never be able to eat chocolate again.
In fact, you definitely can eat chocolate in moderation, as long as you’re slightly more selective in your choices (sorry, that KitKat is off the table).
Here’s what to look out for in your next chocolatey treat (plus some more info on eating this treat when you quit sugar on our I Quit Sugar: 8-Week Program).
1. Can you eat chocolate when you quit sugar?
- The most important thing to remember is that cacao contains less than 1 per cent sugar and is a richly nutritious food.
- This is the version of chocolate we love working with, because of its health benefits and because it gives our treats that rich, pure chocolate flavour.
- Store bought chocolate is rarely real chocolate.
- Even the ‘sugar-free’ stuff is made with cocoa, which is the refined version of cacao.
- Cocoa retains less of the nutritional benefits of the raw cacao and is usually full of oils and additives.
- So yes, technically, you can still eat chocolate when you quit sugar, but you need to learn how to pick the right kind.
2. What’s the difference between raw cacao vs. cocoa?
- Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat (cacao butter).
- Though it looks the same, cocoa is most definitely not the same. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that has been roasted at high temperatures. Sadly, this roasting process changes the molecular structure of the cocoa bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value.
- Read more on their differences.
3. What are the health benefits of good chocolate (minimal sugar and no added nasties)?
- Lowers insulin resistance.
- Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Reduces your risk of stroke.
- Reduces blood pressure.
4. What should you look for when buying chocolate?
- The darkest (highest cocoa/cacao content) available.
- For plain chocolate, whatever isn’t cocoa/cacao is generally sugar. So, a small bar of 70 per cent cacao chocolate is still around 30 per cent sugar (about 2.5 teaspoons).
- This is why we recommend going for 85 per cent or higher varieties.
- Try and choose varieties that use cocoa butter instead of vegetable oils (you can usually find these in health food stores).
- Look for varieties that don’t contain emulsifiers, PGPR, vegetable oil, sugar alcohols, agave or coconut syrup/nectar/sugar.
5. How to make your OWN chocolate.
- Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds!
- The digital I Quit Sugar: The Ultimate Chocolate Cookbook has 100 fructose-free chocolate recipes for you to try so you know EXACTLY what’s in the chocolate you’re eating.
- Browse through our online fructose-free chocolate recipes.
6. Can you eat chocolate on our 8-Week Program?
- Because the I Quit Sugar: 8-Week Program is a gentle experiment aimed at cutting our addiction to sugar, unfortunately, chocolate (of any form) isn’t in our Meal Plans.
- But that doesn’t mean you have to give it up forever!
- Once the eight weeks are up and you begin slowly reintroducing sugar back into your diet, feel free to bring a little chocolate back in! But we recommend only 85 per cent or darker. You might even find that your taste buds have changed and you don’t want it at all.
Are you ready to transform your life and quit sugar for good?
Join us on our next 8-Week Program, starting March 2!