I have always had a really big sweet tooth. Generally cravings are attributed to a lack of on a nutrient. For chocolate that nutrient is magnesium, and if you crave sweets in general then it could be a lack of carbs. So keeping that in mind, I supplemented with magnesium and upped my carbs the cravings did drop to a small degree. But I still craved something sweet.
The solution was dark chocolate. I never actually like it before but I really took a liking to it recently. I don’t have much of it. Usually just a couple of squares after dinner.
But, is dark chocolate paleo?
Theoretically it is not. If you are an absolute purist then it is definitely off limits. For me, its fine. I am not 100% paleo in that sense and I like to indulge in a little bit of a treat every now and then.
Dark chocolate is quite healthy. It is low in sugar , high in healthy fats. There are so many more positives to dark chocolate, which mark sisson talks about here. If you want a breakdown of its health benefits that article also discusses the many other health benefits from dark chocolate.
I would recommend sticking to dark chocolate that is over 70%, preferably 85%. Just remember not to go too crazy. Just follow what I do and have a couple of squares at a time. For a real treat I get other flavours like Mint, Strawberry etc. Those are amazing.