Last year, July’s Food for Thought revolved around MS members sharing their experiences with chocolate. This year, we thought we’d continue the tradition – check out what a few members had to say about their relationships with the delicious sweet:
“I have been trying a dairy free diet for a couple of months due to me having a problem with milk protein which is an antigen to the lungs and acts like any other substance that can affect our breathing. I have a treat of dark chocolate now and again and have been grateful for a plentiful supply of dairy free products.”
“For me, I don’t deny myself a little sweet treat. What I do deny myself is massive amounts of sweet treats. I buy a few high quality dark chocolates and allow myself one per day. Or I buy the sugar free mousse packs in the refrigerator section or the sugar free Jell-O puddings. They seem to work. I also make my own brownies and cookies using high fiber ingredients and sugar substitutes. I have been using Xylitol with good success too.”
“I will take a teaspoon or two of coconut oil (organic, extra virgin) and add to it a bit of cocoa powder and a drop or two of Stevia to sweeten. It tastes like real chocolate. The coconut oil is firm and melts in your mouth just like real chocolate…I can hardly tell the difference.”
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Calling all dark chocolate lovers! Did you know there could be a benefit to eating it besides tantalizing our taste buds? A new study started to get some buzz in the MS community forum when a member posted about how it claimed those who regularly consume dark chocolate may enjoy improved walking ability. Here’s what people had to say:
“I have been having problems with dark chocolate causing bowel urgency 🙁 So have had to be very judicious about my intake.”
– MS member
“Dark chocolate generates endorphins and endorphins are hormones that regulate T-cell proliferation in the immune system. Meaning…dark chocolate may help slow MS progression.”
– MS member
“I can get away with some dark chocolate most of the time, without stimulating an unexpected bowel motion. However, sugar I definitely have a problem with…and cocoa butter? I expect it is not great for us either.”
– MS member
Members aren’t just talking about the study though; they’re sharing their favorite dark chocolate food recipes. Check them out. And if you missed our other Food for Thought posts, read the previous editions here.
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