The most commonly grown bean is forastero,[49] a large group of wild and cultivated cacaos, most likely native to the Amazon basin. The African cocoa crop is entirely of the forastero variety. They are significantly hardier and of higher yield than criollo. The source of most chocolate marketed,[49] forastero cocoas are typically strong in classic "chocolate" flavor, but have a short duration and are unsupported by secondary flavors, producing "quite bland" chocolate.[49]
Speaking of texture, this is another area where sugar and non-sugar sweeteners work a little differently. Chewy, crunchy cookies – think traditional chocolate chippers – have the texture they do because of sugar’s ability to caramelize and spread when baked. There are low sugar and sugar free cookie recipes which will yield similar results – take our peanut butter cookie recipe, for example – and typically, the less flour in the recipe, the more chewy and crunchy the cookie will be. Sucralose and SITR lend themselves to soft, puffy, cake-like cookies, such as our pumpkin spice cookies, which are popular with most everyone.
Our bodies normally run on glucose or sugar for energy, but we cannot make glucose ourselves and only store about 24 hours worth within our muscles and liver. Once glucose from carbohydrates is no longer available for energy due to following a low-carb diet, we begin to burn stored fat for fuel instead. This is why low-carb diets often lead to fast weight loss and other metabolic improvements within a relatively short period of time.
A low-carbohydrate diet gives slightly better control of glucose metabolism than a low-fat diet in type 2 diabetes.[12][34] A 2018 report on type 2 diabetes by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) found that a low-carbohydrate diet may not be as good as a Mediterranean diet at improving glycemic control, and that although having a healthy body weight is important, "there is no single ratio of carbohydrate, proteins, and fat intake that is optimal for every person with type 2 diabetes".[35]
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Hi Tara. You are not missing anything, as I subtract erythritol. I don’t subtract all sugar alcohols because some do affect blood sugar. But erythritol is well studied and found typically not to. Most people do subtract erythritol because of this but since your son has such a specific issue, I honestly cannot give you advice with this, it’s too serious. That said, I do have another reader who’s sone suffers seizures and they do follow the keto diet and I know she makes him things with erythritol (Swerve). From the sounds of it, you ARE already following a keto diet if he’s that low in carbs. But again, I do not feel comfortable giving you any advice with regards to this except perhaps to say that you should investigate the reasoning behind NOT subtracting the erythritol on the diet your son is on. good luck and I am so sorry. I wish I could help more.

Producers of high-quality, small-batch chocolate argue that mass production produces bad-quality chocolate.[49] Some mass-produced chocolate contains much less cocoa (as low as 7% in many cases), and fats other than cocoa butter. Vegetable oils and artificial vanilla flavor are often used in cheaper chocolate to mask poorly fermented and/or roasted beans.[49]
Thanks for writing this article. I think for most people once they try sugar-free chocolate, they discover that it tastes bad and there is something not quite right about it. However over time some people develop the ability to ignore this off taste similar to how people came to accept diet soft drinks. The funny thing is the side effects labels on most sugar-free chocolate products, I’m just waiting for one of those t.v. commercials to come out for sugar-free chocolate…..”may cause upset stomach, diarrhea, bloating, if you lose your taste buds for more than 4 hours, seek medical attention”, just like those big pharma commercials.
I personally don’t count anymore as I want this to be as easy and sustainable as possible. I have had years of counting calories and points, and this is incredibly liberating. I just don’t eat any sugars, grains or high carb foods any more so I am incredibly low carb all the time. When I was starting out I counted, just to see where my carbs were coming from and it was an eye opener. And yes you are correct, to go into ketosis anywhere between 20-50g carbs/day. Find out what works for you.
Example 2: Last year, during the middle of Sugar Free January, Bjork and I went on vacation to Hawaii. This time I had decided to take a more flexible approach, so I drank lots of (very sweet) fresh fruit juice, and I had a Coke on the beach, and we split one dessert together. I was aware of what I was eating, and while it made coming back to sugar free eating a little more difficult, it didn’t derail my Sugar Free January experience. It was just a different, more flexible approach.
The good news? Many of the weight-loss advantages of low-carb diets may have nothing at all to do with restricting carbohydrates. The main benefit may be due to the extra protein—and you can add protein to your diet even if you don’t drastically cut carbs. Protein-rich foods can really help with weight control. One reason may be that protein stimulates the body to burn slightly more calories than carbohydrates or fats do.
Not sure if it would make a difference here, but a technique I learned making candies is to melt your chocolate on a heating pad (I use a ziplock to contain it), which doesn’t break the temper. That way you can coat candies without getting a hard/sweaty result) Just one of those ten dollar cheapos from walgreens. You can get a ‘cheap’ tempering vat thingy from king arthur, but they run about 200 bucks so you’d have to be really committed!
Yay, another kiwi has discovered my website xxx I tend to shop mainly at New World and buy seeds, nuts, almond meal etc when they are discounted. The bulk bins are fine, but check the price per 100g, sometimes they are not as good value as regular packets that are “on special”. I also buy my veggies form the fruit and veg shops when I am near them, I find the supermarkets to be incredibly overpriced generally. Good luck and enjoy all the new recipes here. 🙂
According to studies, insulin negatively regulates ghrelin, and high-density lipoprotein may be a carrier particle for increasing circulating ghrelin. (12) In other words, carbs spike insulin quickly, which leads to cravings for more food later on as blood sugar drops and ghrelin increases. Fats and proteins, on the other hand, are known for switching on the body’s satiety hormones and allowing you to go longer comfortably between meals without needing to snack.
A one-tablespoon (5 grams) serving of dry unsweetened cocoa powder has 12.1 mg of caffeine[89] and a 25-g single serving of dark chocolate has 22.4 mg of caffeine.[90] Although a single 7 oz. serving of coffee may contain 80–175 mg,[91] studies have shown psychoactive effects in caffeine doses as low as 9 mg,[92] and a dose as low as 12.5 mg was shown to have effects on cognitive performance.[93]
Back when I worked for a cooking school, I got spoiled by the super high quality chocolate that we used. It kills me to spend the amount of money for Lily’s, which is good chocolate, but not as good as the chocolate they used in the cooking school. They used Valhrona and Callebaut. I also like Godiva. Scharffenberger’s is pretty good, but not as good as it was before Hershey’s bought the company. I can’t wait to try this recipe with those super high quality chocolates. I haven’t done the math, but it likely means the chips won’t be much cheaper than Lily’s, but one thing I learned from the pro chefs is that high quality ingredients are worth the additional cost, so you should always spring for the highest quality you can afford.
Chocolate is associated with festivals such as Easter, when moulded chocolate rabbits and eggs are traditionally given in Christian communities, and Hanukkah, when chocolate coins are given in Jewish communities. Chocolate hearts and chocolate in heart-shaped boxes are popular on Valentine's Day and are often presented along with flowers and a greeting card. In 1868, Cadbury created Fancy Boxes – a decorated box of chocolates – in the shape of a heart for Valentine's Day.[26] Boxes of filled chocolates quickly became associated with the holiday.[26] Chocolate is an acceptable gift on other holidays and on occasions such as birthdays.
These delicious tilapia fillets are topped with an easy herb and mushroom sauce and can be on your table in just 30 minutes. If you have an extra 15 minutes, try our Caramelized Onion Risotto (see associated recipe) which beautifully rounds out this meal. When shopping for fresh tilapia or other fish fillets, look for moist, cleanly cut fillets with a sweet, not fishy, aroma.
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I am confused. Vitafiber is an IMO. It gets broken down like sugar and therefore you don’t use it? Then why did you recommend it? This recipe is for a low carb chocolate bar. I am on a ketogenic diet. I ordered this stuff specifically because you recommended it. How am I supposed to calculate the carbs? Does it have an effect on blood sugar? If inulin is better, why not use that. Could you please clarify. Also, if Vitafiber is not good for people who are on a very low carb diet, you may want to include a note up in the text of the recipe so that people understand that it won’t work for a ketogenic diet. Please don’t interpret this as an angry comment. I am genuinely confused and would like to know how to proceed (i.e. should I return the Vitafiber and not eat the chocolate that I made with it). I would really appreciate your reply.

I wonder why you left out to mention the difference in quality of cacao beans. In my opinion only view are suitable to make a higher content bar. Bulk cacao beans can only be consumed by adding sugar and other ingredients to get a pleasant result. Big industry is build on mediocre ingredients to satisfy mass consumption and are limited this way. Compare a truck with a sports car makes no sense even though both are vehicles and can take you from A to B.
The new study is unique in part because of its size and rigor. It is among the largest and most expensive feeding trials ever conducted on the subject. The researchers recruited 164 adults and fed them all of their daily meals and snacks for 20 weeks, while closely tracking their body weight and a number of biological measures. The trial cost $12 million and was supported largely by a grant from the Nutrition Science Initiative, a nonprofit research group co-founded by Gary Taubes, a science and health journalist and proponent of low-carbohydrate diets. The study was also supported by funding from the New Balance Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and others.

Hi I’m new to Keto. I have been reading about it, and understanding what to eat and what not to eat. My problem is I’m not sure if I’m doing it correctly. I’m constantly hungry whereas information reads that I will never be hungry. I use fats as required along with topping up with vegetables in my meals yet this does not fill me up. I haven’t experienced the Keto flu and I’ve even put on weight! I have been doing this for about 3 weeks now. Any ideas where I am going wrong.
The study investigated the effects of low-carbohydrate diets (≤45 percent of energy from carbohydrates) versus low-fat diets (≤30 percent of energy from fat) on metabolic risk factors by conducting a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Twenty-three trials from multiple countries with a total of 2,788 participants were included in the analyses.
The American Academy of Family Physicians defines low-carbohydrate diets as diets that restrict carbohydrate intake to 20 to 60 grams per day, typically less than 20% of caloric intake.[2] A 2016 review of low-carbohydrate diets classified diets with 50g of carbohydrate per day (less than 10% of total calories) as "very low" and diets with 40% of calories from carbohydrates as "mild" low-carbohydrate diets.[18] In a 2015 review Richard D. Feinman and colleagues proposed that a very low carbohydrate diet had less that 10% caloric intake from carbohydrate, a low carbohydrate diet less than 26%, a medium carbohydrate diet less than 45%, and a high carbohydrate diet more than 45%.[16]
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Weekends can be difficult if you are surrounded by others not eating this way, or eating out. Take little bags of nuts with you, cubes of cheese, slices of deli meat, squares of dark chocolate or go for creamy coffees, they tend to keep me full for hours. When eating out, go for simple dishes such as steak and blue cheese with veggies, salads but no croutons, think meat’n’veg and no sauces is an easy way to continue when out. Some cafes sell frittatas with no pastry, quiche, etc. Even if you buy a huge meat and salad wrap then deconstruct it and eat the filling is another good option. Once you start getting the idea, you can adapt most things. Good luck Shireen 🙂
With funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, in 2012 Taubes co-founded the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI), with the aim of raising over $200 million to undertake a "Manhattan Project for nutrition" and validate the hypothesis.[29][30] Intermediate results, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition did not provide convincing evidence of any advantage to a low-carbohydrate diet as compared to diets of other composition – ultimately a very low-calorie, ketogenic diet (of 5% carbohydrate) "was not associated with significant loss of fat mass" compared to a non-specialized diet with the same calories; there was no useful "metabolic advantage".[6][8] In 2017 Kevin Hall, a NIH researcher hired to assist with the project, wrote that the carbohydrate-insulin hypothesis had been falsified by experiment.[28][8] Hall wrote "the rise in obesity prevalence may be primarily due to increased consumption of refined carbohydrates, but the mechanisms are likely to be quite different from those proposed by the carbohydrate–insulin model".[8]

Hi Tara. You are not missing anything, as I subtract erythritol. I don’t subtract all sugar alcohols because some do affect blood sugar. But erythritol is well studied and found typically not to. Most people do subtract erythritol because of this but since your son has such a specific issue, I honestly cannot give you advice with this, it’s too serious. That said, I do have another reader who’s sone suffers seizures and they do follow the keto diet and I know she makes him things with erythritol (Swerve). From the sounds of it, you ARE already following a keto diet if he’s that low in carbs. But again, I do not feel comfortable giving you any advice with regards to this except perhaps to say that you should investigate the reasoning behind NOT subtracting the erythritol on the diet your son is on. good luck and I am so sorry. I wish I could help more.
This is going to become a Christmas Day staple at our house. We celebrate our Southern Hemisphere Christmases with beach visits and sprinkler play, and turning on the oven for more than ten minutes seems very wrong when it’s 37 degrees C. I managed to whip this up on Christmas morning (we had a quiet one this year). It tasted amazing and looked beautifully festive. Thanks to the detailed instructions, I managed the pudding bit with very few lumps and felt very proud. The finished product is huge – I agree that it would be great for a special occasion; there’s really too much for one family unless you have a lot of people around. I made it circular like a pie and stuck the leftovers in the freezer – it froze beautifully, and tasted like ice-cream cake when frozen. The one thing I would do differently next time is to make the first two layers the day before as the method suggests. It wasn’t really cold and set enough to layer the cream on easily and I had to be super careful not to mess up the chocolate pudding layer.
This was “out of this world” amazing! Even my family members that don’t like low carb alternatives (and hate sugar substitutes) really liked this dessert. I added 5 tablespoons of natural peanut butter to the cream cheese layer and it turned out great (I may experiment with different amounts of peanut butter to get the best ratio to taste just right)

If you don't have immediate support, join an online forum or support group in which you can share your challenges and achievement. And, when it comes to achievements, mark them, celebrate them, and share them with friends. These are just some of the ways to gain positive reinforcement as you to take the first step to embracing an informed, low-carb lifestyle.


These delicious tilapia fillets are topped with an easy herb and mushroom sauce and can be on your table in just 30 minutes. If you have an extra 15 minutes, try our Caramelized Onion Risotto (see associated recipe) which beautifully rounds out this meal. When shopping for fresh tilapia or other fish fillets, look for moist, cleanly cut fillets with a sweet, not fishy, aroma.
White rice is the main side dish made in Brazil. This is the way my mom would make it and taught my sister and I. What makes this so different is that we fry it in oil with minced onion and garlic before adding water. You can also use part water, part chicken broth. The secret is to not let it overcook because it should come out loose and not sticky.
Thanks so much for sharing all of your hard work with the world! My son recently started the Modified Atkins Diet for seizures. We’ve been told to keep his net carbs (total carbs minus fiber but not minus sugar alcohols) around 20-25/day, and he’s having a hard time giving up all of his beloved carbs, including chocolate. I was so excited to find this recipe! 1.8 net carbs is the perfect splurge! The first batch is in the fridge, but now I’m afraid to give it to him. From our count, it looks like each serving has almost 10 net grams of carbs, mostly from the Swerve (2 from unsweetened chocolate + 120 from Swerve + 11 from unsweetened cocoa = 133 net carbs, divided by 14). Please tell me I’m missing something … my son is salivating, and I’d love to let him have a treat! I’m new to all of this, so maybe there’s a reason I don’t have to worry. (I’ve seen Swerve in another recipe for patients on a related diet, the ketogenic diet, but I just don’t see how it’s safe if we can’t subtract sugar alcohols.) Thank you!
The difference from other low-carb diets is that you’re going to swap saturated fats for unsaturated fats — a plus if you have type 2 diabetes, which leaves you more at risk for heart disease, or if you have a personal or family history of heart disease yourself. That means rather than butter, cheese, and cream, you’re eating olive oil, fatty fish, nuts, seeds, and avocado as your main sources of fat.
When preparing sugar free cookies for diabetics, your first priority is to eliminate as much of the sugar as you can from the recipe. But what to replace it with? One of the best options is sucralose, because it’s heat-stable, meaning it doesn’t lose sweetness when exposed to high baking temperatures. Interestingly, sucralose is made from sugar, but is not metabolized by the body like sugar is, which makes it a good choice in sugar free cookie recipes for diabetics. It’s available at a reasonable price in almost all supermarkets, in both store brands and under the brand label Splenda.
Well, I am going to give this another try. I have great difficulty in eating greens , or drinking them, also I am not fond of fats, years and years of low fat diets have totally screwed my metabolism,and taste buds. I will read this page every day to keep my mind focused. Start tomorrow when I get up …… I work nights which can cause me problems as well. When I tried this diet before, I got terrible cramp, now I realise I wasn’t drinking enough water. Anyway.here goes.

If you want to lose weight, then cut the carbs down until you start dropping. It’s always a balancing act. After decades of Weight Watchers and other crazy diets I now don’t count a single thing. It is the most intuitive way of eating for me for over 3 years now. I pretty much stay at goal weight and still enjoy my red wine, 90% chocolate at weekends and some occassional low carb baking.
I couldn’t find unsweetened chocolate in Australia so I added more cocoa butter and cocoa powder (1 oz of each). Delicious! I don’t mind the graininess at all and added a bit of dedicated coconut to mask it! Even my husband who hates dark chocolate likes this one and 20g (85 cals) is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth after dinner. Can’t wait to try making different flavours by adding different things to it.
The concept of the glycemic index was developed in 1981 by David Jenkins to account for variances in speed of digestion of different types of carbohydrates. This concept classifies foods according to the rapidity of their effect on blood sugar levels – with fast-digesting simple carbohydrates causing a sharper increase and slower-digesting complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, a slower one.[58]

You can see the results, too. In January 2015, the Journal of Nutrition conducted two studies comparing lower-carb and low-fat diets, finding that of the two approaches, going lower carb helped people shave off more visceral fat, a type of belly fat that hugs organs and is linked to disease. (3) A meta-analysis published in June 2016 in Obesity Reviews also concluded that in obese people, a low-carb diet reduced fat over the course of a year (but not body weight), with the greatest benefits seen in a very-low-carb diet. (4)


I’ve tried low carb on and off over the years. It’s never stuck, and I’ve read a lot of advice that just hasn’t make it any more livable for me. I’ve settled on a lowER carb diet, ditching all flours, grains, dairy, and most sugars. I never eat junk food, and cook nearly everything myself. I eat enough fibrous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower…) and leafy greens to stay somewhat full. Water and black/green tea are my only beverages. Even though I gave up fruit for three whole months before, it wasn’t worth it for me. I will never give up fruit again, and the whole fruit-in-moderation advice didn’t work for me, either. Fresh fruit is the very last true culinary enjoyment I have left, and my quality of life without fresh fruit–berries, citrus, melons–plummets. I don’t eat dried fruit, and I work out five to six days a week with high intensity, focusing on large muscle groups; and walk with friends or alone nearly every day. I’d rather exercise more than give up fruit. I just came back from a session with my trainer and after a lean, nutritious lunch working at my desk, just had a snack of about 3/4-cup blueberries before meeting up with a friend in about a half hour for a 5-mile walk. And that snack (I’d have had more if I’d had more berries in the fridge) made today’s workout worth it for me.
All I can say is I have had fun making two batches already! Thanks so much! Also a nice small snack when all I want is a little bit of chocolate, I just grab a few chips and am so happy! Now I do not have to be concerned when I cannot find Lily’s locally. Matter of fact, will be making my own from now on. Add to my LC ice cream as well!!!!!!! Thank you SO much for discovering how to make things from items I already have in my pantry! P.s. Just bought your new dessert cookbook, can’t wait to see it!

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These easy low carb pumpkin muffins are made with almond butter and require no flour whatsoever.  They are also completely dairy free and sugar free, sweetened with some stevia powder. These flourless pumpkin muffins and keto and paleo friendly!Easy Flourless Pumpkin Muffins to make I go … [Read more...] about Flourless Keto Low Carb Pumpkin Muffins

Hi Silvy, these are quite common concerns when starting out low carb. By increasing your healthy fats you will feel full and satiated for longer, than quick burning carbs. You will also reap all the health benefits from lowering your carbs, eating good quality protein and increasing your fats from healthy sources. It may take a while for your appetite to adapt to be running on more fat than carbs, but it is so incredibly wonderful to finally be off the high/low sugar roller coaster. Good luck with starting out and join us on Facebook for daily tips and subscribe for free recipes when I post them. Libby 🙂
In addition to diabetics, there are a growing number of people who are pre-diabetic, insulin resistant and reactive hypoglycemic who really need to restrict sugar intake. I’ve also read that sugar as well as salt make contribute to high blood pressure and cancer. Let’s agree that sugar isn’t too good for us, and that, even we who love chocolate, need to keep it to a minimum. So far, sugar substitutes are not a satisfactory solution for a number of reasons, not the least of which is poor flavor. Perhaps, that’s because most big chocolate makers aren’t paying enough attention to fine flavor cacao. Rather, the approach is to use commodity chocolate and throw in anything that will sweeten it. That’s why the only ones who can lead us to a solution are our craft chocolate makers, because it’s all about the flavor. There a a few excellent 100% bars out there–including Fruition’s–but most are not palatable enough for the average consumer. Still, we should encourage more people to try 80% +, because if you’re only consuming 1-2 squares a day, you’re probably not getting enough sugar for it to be concerning. You’ll notice that ‘s a small portion of chocolate. True! It’s less than the portion size described on most labels. But it’s my opinion that if you’re truly savoring those 1or 2 squares slowly, truly tasting and enjoying them, it should be enough. At least, it is for me. You can still lose weight consuming that amount, too. So maybe the underlying problem is actually mindless consumption. If my remarks intrigue you, I invite you to read my book: Deep Tasting: A Chovolate Lover’ Guide to Meditation.

Asher’s milk chocolate is so lush and creamy that, with just one taste, you’ll never be able to turn down another piece of Asher’s chocolate!  All of our best selling chocolates, including Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Sea Salt Caramels, and Almond Bark, are drenched in thick milk chocolate – the same chocolate recipe that has been your favorite for over 100 years. We carefully place these and other specially-crafted milk chocolate treats in our handsome gourmet gift baskets, perfect for presentation to your favorite loved ones. 
The Aztecs were not able to grow cacao themselves, as their home in the Mexican highlands was unsuitable for it, so chocolate was a luxury imported into the empire.[14] Those who lived in areas ruled by the Aztecs were required to offer cacao seeds in payment of the tax they deemed "tribute".[14] Cocoa beans were often used as currency.[16] For example, the Aztecs used a system in which one turkey cost 100 cacao beans and one fresh avocado was worth three beans.[17]
I too found this recipe to be very, very bitter. In fact, I had to spit it out. I am use to the taste and baking with stevia. I used KAL brand pure stevia and Sweet Leaf liquid stevia. I wonder if the 1 1/2 Tablespoons is just too much. I felt as thought my Dagoba chocolate was wasted. Wanting to save the product, I reheated it, added homemade sweetened condensed coconut milk and homemade coconut milk caramel sauce and some yacon syurp. I then added some roasted salted cashews. I put it on a cookie sheet, spread it out, sprinkled on some Enjoy Life mini chips and put it in the refrigerator. Two hours later I took a taste and found it to be much less bitter and something I will be able to eat. I will probably try your recipe again using only the brand products you used, but with the cost of them, I will use much less powdered stevia. Thanks for all you do to provide sugar free recipes to all of us.
Studies indicate that carbohydrate intake influences prostate cancer biology, as demonstrated through mice that have been fed a no-carbohydrate ketogenic diet (NCKD) experiencing significantly smaller tumors and longer survival times than mice fed a Western diet. (7) The mice fed the equivalent of the standard human Western diet had higher serum insulin, which was associated with significantly higher blood glucose and tumor tissue growth. (11)
Sugar is addictive and has dramatic effects on the brain, especially when it comes to increasing cravings, anxiety and fatigue. On the other hand, certain kinds of healthy fats, including cholesterol, act like antioxidants and precursors to some important brain-supporting molecules and neurotransmitters that control learning, memory, mood and energy. Your brain is largely made up of fatty acids and requires a steady stream of fats from your diet in order to perform optimally.
These delicious tilapia fillets are topped with an easy herb and mushroom sauce and can be on your table in just 30 minutes. If you have an extra 15 minutes, try our Caramelized Onion Risotto (see associated recipe) which beautifully rounds out this meal. When shopping for fresh tilapia or other fish fillets, look for moist, cleanly cut fillets with a sweet, not fishy, aroma.
At Asher’s Chocolate we want everyone to be able to enjoy a chocolate covered treat every once in a while. That’s why we’ve created one of the country's largest lines of sugar free chocolate covered confections. You won’t even be able to tell the difference! Our line of sugar free chocolates are highly recommended for those on a sugar restricted diet and include everything from Sugar Free Pretzel Bites to Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Bars! 

Research shows that a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar contributes to free radical damage and actually feeds cancer cells, possibly helping them proliferate faster. Because low-carb diets dramatically cut down sugar and lower intake of grains and processed foods, they might act like a natural cancer treatment, causing immunity to improve as oxidative stress goes down.

Drink lots of water. This is especially crucial on a low carb or keto diet. Why? When you eat carbohydrates, your body stores the extra as glycogen in the liver, where they are bound to water molecules. Eating low carb depletes this glycogen, which allows you to burn fat – but it also means you are storing less water, making it easier to get dehydrated. Instead of the traditional recommendation of 8 cups of water per day, aim for 16 cups when following a low carb lifestyle.


If you don't have immediate support, join an online forum or support group in which you can share your challenges and achievement. And, when it comes to achievements, mark them, celebrate them, and share them with friends. These are just some of the ways to gain positive reinforcement as you to take the first step to embracing an informed, low-carb lifestyle.
Chocolate in its most handcrafted form is in fact made of two ingredients: cacao and sugar. Cacao is everything contained inside the cocoa beans (cocoa butter included). Sugar is added to make the bitterness of chocolate more bearable and to enhance its flavor. Every other ingredient is an addition, either to create a particular taste or to cut costs with cheaper alternatives.
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