Monday, December 8, 2014

Chocolate Denial

Many Paleo folks abstain from every form of seed, because of unfavorable omega 6/ omega 3 ratios, but yet they keep dark chocolate on the good list.  It just occured to me to realize that chocolate is a seed, and wonder how it's much better than other seeds...

USDA data on "Baking chocolate, unsweetened, squares"

Nutrient Unit Value per 100 g Fat Class
18:2 undifferentiated1 g 1.435 Omega 6
20:4 undifferentiated1 g 0 Omega 6
18:3 undifferentiated g 0.117 Omega 3
18:04
g 0 Omega 3
20:3 undifferentiated1 g 0 Omega 3
20:4 undifferentiated1 g 0 Omega 3
20:5 n-3 (EPA)1 g 0 Omega 3
22:5 n-3 (DPA) g 0 Omega 3
22:5 n-3 (DPA) g 0 Omega 3
22:6 n-3 (DHA)1 g 0 Omega 3

That's a pretty sad Omega 6/3 ratio for a "healthy" food.

I'm still slightly in denial, and many chocolate companies use cheaper fats in their products, so I looked up cocoa butter, the results were not much better:

Nutrient Unit Value per 100 g Fat class
18:3 undifferentiated g 0.1 Omega 3
18:04 g 0 Omega 3
20:5 n-3 (EPA) g 0 Omega 3
22:5 n-3 (DPA) g 0 Omega 3
22:6 n-3 (DHA) g 0 Omega 3
18:2 undifferentiated g 2.8 Omega 6
18:3 undifferentiated g 0.1 Omega 6
20:4 undifferentiated g 0 Omega 6
Dark chocolate may be a reasonable cheat food, low in sugar, rich in antioxidants, minimal processing agents, but it can hardly be considered a "good" food on the low omega 6 diet.

Sorry Paleo dieters!