Chocolate on GAPS, is it true?
I'm here to make your day! The quick answer is yes, you can have chocolate if… your digestive symptoms are gone. Whoohoo!
Let's face it. Chocolate is something that most people love. There are a few here and there that don't like it but they are far and few between. I do know one person who does not like chocolate and won't eat it. A woman. Yes, they exist. 🙂
Naturally, chocolate lovers are less than thrilled to learn that chocolate is not allowed on GAPS when they are first looking into the diet. And every single time I post a recipe that includes cocoa powder [affiliate link] on my Facebook page, someone asks me about it.
But doesn't Dr. Natasha say no chocolate?
Yes, it is true that Dr. Natasha's book Gut and Psychology Syndrome (both versions) does list chocolate as food to avoid. However, there has been an update published on Dr. Natasha's Frequently Asked Questions page.
Rejoice! Cocoa powder is permissible once digestive problems have subsided.
From Dr. Natasha’s FAQ page:
“When can cocoa be introduced?”
“Cocoa is SCD illegal. However, I find that many people can start having it occasionally on the Full GAPS Diet, once the digestive symptoms are gone. Find pure organic cocoa powder. Mixing the powder with some honey and sour cream makes a delicious dessert, and you can add it to your homemade ice cream or cakes. After trying it for the first time, observe your patient for any reactions. Cocoa is very rich in magnesium and some essential amino acids and, unless your digestive system is not ready for it, there is no need to avoid it.”
Baden Lashkov, who wrote The GAPS Guide has a blog post on her site called Pure Cocoa – Tried and True? where she asks people, who are on GAPS and SCD to weigh in on if they can tolerate cocoa powder. Some can; some can't. It's worth a try if you don't have digestive issues going on!
I do have one caveat. Cocoa powder does contain some caffeine, so if you suspect that your adrenals are fatigued, you may want to limit or avoid consumption. The amount is rather small, and for comparison, there are 8.4 milligrams of caffeine per tablespoon as opposed to an 8-ounce cup of coffee [affiliate link] which contains 95 milligrams.
Has your gut healed enough to tolerate chocolate? I have several GAPS legal recipes here at the blog that contains chocolate.