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Hi There,

I recently started a new eating regimen. Some of you may have heard of it. It's called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This eating regimen eliminates the ingestion of all complex carbohydrates. It also suggests the elimination of chocolate. Yikes! Let's just say there some things that I do not agree with. There is no real explanation to why we must eliminate chocolate other than just don't do it. I could see eliminating a processed chocolate bar that has sugar added to it, but my real inquiry lies in the raw or roasted cacao bean.

Do any of you more scientific molecular cacao heads know the type of carbohydrate that naturally occurs in the raw cacao bean. Is it a monosaccharide (simple) or disaccharide (complex) carbohydrate? And if so could you link me up with some data that supports this.

I appreciate any insight.

Best, Jahvocado

Tags: Cacao, Carbohydrate, Compounds, Diet, Specific

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Good question. It got me thinking so I looked it up. Here is a link that shows a chart of the breakdown of nutrients in chocolate: http://www.cacaoweb.net/nutrition.html
Of course, you'll have to look at the results for unsweetened chocolate. It goes on to explain that most of the carbohydrate is in the form of starch, and soluble and insoluble fibers. As fiber is a carbohydrate, it is always included in the carb. numbers. The next question is to find out the breakdown of starch (complex carbohydrates) vs. fiber in the stated 30-35% carb content.

I'll be interested to find out the answer to that as well!

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