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Chocolate Ayurvedic Perspectives

Chocolate


Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
Chocolate is difficult to digest and hot. Bitter chocolate is Kapha pacifying. Since chocolate is often mixed with sugar and cream, it aggravates all three doshas. Chocolate stimulates the reproductive organs in women, which explains why chocolate can become an addictive habit for women, but rarely in men. Women may crave chocolate around their menses for its stimulating quality. Read more about chocolate here.

Aggravated Doshas & Qualities

Imbalance Accumulates

Improper food and lifestyle causes balances to accumulate. Ayurveda shows you exactly which doshas and qualities will accumulate in your body. Once these doshas and qualities accumulate too much, they will begin to cause disease. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or quality by removing things that aggravate it from your diet and lifestyle.

'Chocolate' is likely to aggravate the following doshas and qualities.If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda would generally recommend removing, substitute or lessen the frequency of Chocolate.

Vata aggravatingPitta aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
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Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.

Related Symptoms & Habits

The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Chocolate' See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
Emotional eatingSweet cravings
Frequent snackingRefined sugar

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

Comments & Personal Experiences

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I've recently gone back to an ayurvedic diet - I first went on one 20 years ago & it seemed way too complicated to maintain. Now, it doesn't at all! The last diet I was trying was alkaline/raw, and I was having a chocolate desert: Mix: 2 Tbsp. coconut oil 2 Tbsp. raw cocoa 1 Tbsp. (scant) raw honey 1 Tbsp. (scant)raw agave syrup It's like a truffle... Is this really bad for a Vata/Pitta, or would it be ok once or twice a week?

- Vibhooshana, Jamaica, NY, 11-03-12 (Reply)
Dear Viboosha - Mixing chocolate with sweeteners does balance both the heat and bitterness of the chocolate, generally pacifying Vata/Pitta in the moment. However, sweeteners can also aggravate Vata/Pitta if there is candida present, etc.

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