Dark Chocolate, Walnuts and Wine?

chocolate and wine

Can chocolate be a part of the True Paleo regime?

Without a doubt.

If you choose a dark, raw chocolate, preferably fair trade and organic, you can create the perfectly decadent treat for that special occasion without having to resort to adulterated versions (faux paleo) of cakes, cookies, muffins and other sweets.

Real chocolate (dark- at least 85%) has health benefits, according to a study done at the Cleveland Clinic, including their content of:

  • Flavonoids help protect plants from environmental toxins and help repair damage.
  • Antioxidants are believed to help the body’s cells resist damage caused by free radicals that are formed by normal bodily processes, such as breathing, and from environmental contaminants, like cigarette smoke.
  • Flavanols are the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa and chocolate. In addition to having antioxidant qualities, research shows that flavanols have other potential influences on vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.

When shopping for chocolate, be diligent about reading the label to make sure your choice does not contain the following non Paleo ingredients:

  • Soy lecithin  (an emulsifier)
  • Butter, cream or whey (remember, there is no such thing as Paleo friendly dairy, even grass-fed)
  • Refined sugars
  • Gluten or grains of any kind

Personally, I’m a fan of 99% or 100%- the darkest one can get without any sweetness.

Decadent and delightful, one small square usually weighs out at about 70 calories and with a glass of fine red wine or melted over some raw, sprouted walnuts, you’re in for a treat so rich, you’ll only want that one bite or two!

Some of my favorite brands which offer varieties that fit the Paleoista guidelines include:

  • Taza Stone Ground
  • Righteously Raw
  • Fearless Organic Raw

All of which I’ve found at large stores like Whole Foods, as well as smaller manufacturers that might not be on your radar (yet) like:

  • Raw Chocolate Love
  • HU Kitchen’s Chocolate Bars
  • Mast Brothers

Be sure to double check the ingredients, though, as some flavors or varieties may indeed contain foods we’d want to avoid.

About Nell Stephenson

Nell Stephenson is a Paleo Lifestyle Coach & Nutritional Counselor, Paleo chef and certified fitness trainer. Having collaborated with Dr Loren Cordain, the original author of The Paleo Diet, on The Paleo Diet Cookbook and being an advisor to The Paleo Diet team, Nell specializes in simplifying the science of Paleo into everyday living.

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This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. Statements made here have not been evaluated by the FDA. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding in supplements or making any changes in your diet.

  • Paul Kilmartin

    Articles like this — and on the “Paleo docs” site in general — drive me nuts. First point, what does “fair trade” have to do with health? Secondly, where’s the data for remarks like “no such thing as Paleo friendly dairy”? Or any other the other claims in here (not just the ones I disagree with).

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