January 10th – National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

January 10th – National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

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Everyone loves a chocolate holiday, even a keto enthusiast!

I am not endorsing eating chocolate on the keto diet. Don’t go out and buy a Hershey bar.  Sugar spikes insulin and that’s a no-no on this diet, because we want the opposite effect.  Remember that post where I said no cheating? Yeah, I meant that.  BUT… if you invest in the right kind of chocolate, you can indulge only ever so slightly.  There are stevia sweetened chocolates that are sugar free, and you’ll find some sugar free pure dark chocolate that will satisfy your craving…

Did you know that according to Foodimentary, the first chocolate bar was produced by Cadbury in 1842? And did you also know that the word Chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocolatl, meaning, bitter water?  Now you are up on your chocolate trivia!  🙂

Valor Stevia Sweetened Chocolate for Keto

So Happy National Bittersweet Chocolate Day!  As food holidays go this one ranks right up there! I love chocolate, so I have read article after article about chocolate and keto.  Some say yes it’s okay, other say avoid it fully – so who’s right?

For my Keto friends – again, this is not an endorsement for eating chocolate, but if you find the right sourced chocolate with the right ingredients, a taste – and I mean a taste – when you need it can satisfy your cravings.  I found the Valor brand that is stevia sweetened at my local grocery store.

One note:  A serving according to this bar is 1/3 of a bar.  That contains 11g of NET carbs, 12g of total fat, and 4g of protein.  I personally do not sit down and eat a 3rd of this bar in one sitting.  I get just a taste.  I enjoy half a serving or less when I see my husband eating a big old pile of chocolate (which is a regular occurrence), and I cannot stand it any longer. It’s such an intense chocolate, a taste is really all you need!

I mentioned Net Carbs – what I am learning is this:

Net carbs are simply the grams of total carbohydrates in a portion of food minus its grams of fiber. Because fiber is a carbohydrate that your body cannot digest, it does not raise your blood sugar levels or trigger an insulin response.

So on this major holiday, there is cause to celebrate, go enjoy a bit of chocolate on me!



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