It is important to harvest the pods when they are fully ripe, because if the pod is unripe, the beans will have a low cocoa butter content, or sugars in the white pulp will be insufficient for fermentation, resulting in a weak flavor. After fermentation, the beans must be quickly dried to prevent mold growth. Climate and weather permitting, this is done by spreading the beans out in the sun from five to seven days.[54]
While some experts praised the findings, others were more cautious. Dr. Kevin Hall, a scientist and obesity expert at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, said the new study was ambitious and very well run. But he said the researchers used methods that raise questions about the results. One method they used to track metabolism, called doubly labeled water, has not been shown to be reliable in people on low-carb diets and it may have exaggerated the amount of calories the subjects burned, he said.
hocolate. There are few foods that people feel as passionate about -- a passion that goes beyond a love for the "sweetness" of most candies or desserts: after all, few people crave caramel, whipped cream, or bubble gum. Chocolate is, well, different. For the true chocoholic, just thinking about chocolate can evoke a pleasurable response. You may want to grab a bar or make a nice cup of hot cocoa before you begin exploring here.
Of course my affection for chocolate isn't anything special -- not everyone adores it or goes for crazy flavors, but most people at least like it. That's why it might surprise you to read this quote from a 16th century Spanish Jesuit missionary describing chocolate as "loathsome to such as are not acquainted with it, having a scum or froth that is very unpleasant taste" [Source:Authentic Maya]. That's not the chocolate I know and love!

You mentioned ketone strips. If they are the urine strips they are useful to see if you are in ketosis, fat burning mode, but be aware they are not completely accurate but are a good guide to how you are doing. The blood strips are way too expensive but more accurate. I have a blood glucose monitor and went through a phase of testing to see how I react to dairy, protein, cream, coffee etc. I rarely do it now as I want this way of eating to be as simple as possible, but again, a useful tool starting out.


Chocolate is generally stored away from other foods, as it can absorb different aromas. Ideally, chocolates are packed or wrapped, and placed in proper storage with the correct humidity and temperature. Additionally, chocolate is frequently stored in a dark place or protected from light by wrapping paper. The glossy shine, snap, aroma, texture, and taste of the chocolate can show the quality and if it was stored well.[75]

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Hi Melanie, There are 2 versions for the chocolate layer, Option 1 and Option 2. Both options are listed on the recipe card with separate sections in the ingredient area. There is no version with both cocoa powder an xanthan gum. Use Option 1 for the version with sugar-free chocolate and xanthan gum (along with other ingredients), use Option 2 for the version with cocoa powder. Hope this helps.
Absolutely go for the wine! As long as you go for an unsweetened wine and limit yourself. I only have a glass at the weekends as I know all my good intentions go out the window once I’ve had a glass and it’s harder to say no to more dark chocolate. If your weight loss ever stalls, you may need to reassess how many glasses you have as the alcohol will always be metabolised before anything else so weight loss will often stop. As for gluten, all my recipes are naturally gluten free because all my recipes are grain free. Read my post on Gluten free vs Grain free to truly understand. Beware of GF products because they are so high in carbs because they are made with rice flour, tapioca starch etc. And remember, gluten free junk is still junk 😉 Good luck Mary, keep coming back and asking questions.
Greetings i used ingredients exactly. My execution wss different on making the chocolate pudding, after seeing ingredients it looked like chocalte cutard so i made it li ke custard. Skipping on a few of the steps. Oh my goodness, it was absolutely delicious. Everyone wsnts the recipe. Definitely a keeper. Getting the ingredients was the hardest part of this recipe.
Dump the ingredients into a 13x9 inch glass pyrex baking dish and lay a sheet of waxed paper over the mixture. First with your hands, then with a flat bottomed glass, press the chocolate crust mixture firmly into the dish. Remove the waxed paper and continue with the recipe or *bake in a preheated (350) oven for about 10 minutes and then let cool completely. *This can be made the day before. 

Chocolate covered peanut butter – can you think of a better flavor combination? Asher’s carries delicious chocolate covered peanut butter treats such as White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (also carried in dark chocolate and milk chocolate) and Peanut Butter Bites. Try one of these chocolate covered peanut butter treats today and find a new favorite.
I know you posted a few months ago, but I thought I would reply just incase its still relevant. After having a daughter who LOVES veges, I then had my son who at a year old suddenly refused veges. It was getting so bad he would make himself throw it up if we forced him. But we kept on going trying everything we could while getting extremely frustrated (While also being told by everyone he was too small and sickly (Which he always was but got worse when he stopped eating the veges)
You should be able to use cocoa butter as an alternative fat. All chocolate that meets the standard of identity in the US uses not only the ground cocoa bean but also additional cocoa butter. The bean does not have enough cocoa butter content to make a smooth chocolate once you grind it and expose all the surface area of the cocoa bean solid. This recipe starts out even lower in fat since it uses coca powder, basically a defatted ground cocoa bean. The issue with cocoa butter is it has multiple crystal states and has to be tempered correctly or you will get bloom. An interesting fact is that cocoa powder is one of the “waste” products from chocolate making since it requires additional,coca butter to make a smooth chocolate and you can not call it chocolate if you use too much non cocoa butter fats.
Generally, the chocolate is first heated to 45 °C (113 °F) to melt all six forms of crystals.[63][65] Next, the chocolate is cooled to about 27 °C (81 °F), which will allow crystal types IV and V to form. At this temperature, the chocolate is agitated to create many small crystal "seeds" which will serve as nuclei to create small crystals in the chocolate. The chocolate is then heated to about 31 °C (88 °F) to eliminate any type IV crystals, leaving just type V. After this point, any excessive heating of the chocolate will destroy the temper and this process will have to be repeated. However, other methods of chocolate tempering are used. The most common variant is introducing already tempered, solid "seed" chocolate. The temper of chocolate can be measured with a chocolate temper meter to ensure accuracy and consistency. A sample cup is filled with the chocolate and placed in the unit which then displays or prints the results.
I started seeing a nutritionist, who has started me on a B-12 injection 2 times monthly, and a LCHF diet. He wants me to stay between 20-35 carbs daily for at least 3 months. He says I need to buy ketone strips, to make sure I don’t go into ketoacidosis, however, I am otherwise healthy, and not diabetic. Is this something I need to be overly concerned about? I’m on my 4th day of approx. 25 carbs daily, and other than a slight headache, I feel fine.
Hi my name is Laurie yes low carb works I have been on a low carb diet for 8 weeks now started beginning of March my weight was 163 lbs. I now weigh 149 lbs. and I hope to be at 130-135 lbs. by sometime in July then say there. This diet if you follow it right you will be healthy and many pounds lighter its the carbs that we over eat that pack on the pounds. Just check out the low carb sites they will guide you I say at below 50 carbs a day if you eat the right foods meat,oils, veggies and fruit you will not be hungry one other thing eat only when hungry. Good Luck.
I give 4 stars for the effort to make something good for the diabetes patients.The only thing I did not like at this product is that the sweetness is way TOO strong. These is a problem with most of the American sweet products. I just want to remind to the Americans that the sweet products should have more taste/flavor and less of an avalanche of sugar. This product is a dedicated diabetic friendly product , so, in my opinion, the sugary taste must be diluted/suggested. We need to re-learn from other cultures, particularly from Europeans, how the sweets suppose to be; not aggressive, more like suggested/guessed sweet, and , evidently , much more healthier.The big scale producers might use a scale of sweetness, lets say from 1 to 10 (lets say scale 10 for over 25g sugar per serving), so the customers could make their choice also! Anyway , thanks diabeticfriendly.com.
It will take a while to trust and adjust to your new appetite. I personally found when I was low fat and on Weight Watchers, I was ravenous all day long, so to be told eat what you like was difficult to understand. By eating more healthy fats especially, will keep you fuller for longer. And depending on how long you have been dieting for, and how insulin resistant you are, will depend on how long it takes for you to adjust appetite and weight. The odd person gains weight when they start because they don’t listen to their body. Remember to eat until 80% full (it takes a while for your stomach to register you have eaten your meal) and only eat when hungry. Don’t snack if you don’t have to. Are you really hungry or thirsty (similar feelings).
I have been LCHF for 4 weeks 20g or less carbs daily track everything but my blood ketone 1.3 -.3 – .6 To get benefits of ketone my reading shld be at least 1.5 My foods have included live yoghurt 1 TB milk = 1 tsp per 3 cups of tea 50 g raspberries . Cld these be interfering? To work out my macros I based my cals/day 1300 I thought fat amount is remainder of cals after 20g carbs and 90 g protein. Is 90g protein too high.Female 60 20mg to lose mod active. I feel very fatigued How can I get my blood ketone up? Thank you plse can you email me

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.

Hi Cyn, The numbers are general guidelines but will vary depending on many factors, such as activity level, insulin resistance, weight and more. There is no single magic number, just conventional recommendations that are a good starting point. I will have a macro calculator coming soon that will help determine what is best for each person, but even then it’s an approximation. The only way to know for sure is to test. If keto is your goal, it’s usually best to start lower and then see if you can stay in ketosis when increasing.


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!
But a large new study published on Wednesday in the journal BMJ challenges the conventional wisdom. It found that overweight adults who cut carbohydrates from their diets and replaced them with fat sharply increased their metabolisms. After five months on the diet, their bodies burned roughly 250 calories more per day than people who ate a high-carb, low-fat diet, suggesting that restricting carb intake could help people maintain their weight loss more easily.
^ St Jeor ST, Howard BV, Prewitt TE, Bovee V, Bazzarre T, Eckel RH (October 2001). "Dietary protein and weight reduction: a statement for healthcare professionals from the Nutrition Committee of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism of the American Heart Association". Circulation. 104 (15): 1869–74. doi:10.1161/circ.104.15.1869 (inactive 2018-09-20). PMID 11591629. These diets are generally associated with higher intakes of total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol because the protein is provided mainly by animal sources. ... Beneficial effects on blood lipids and insulin resistance are due to the weight loss, not to the change in caloric composition. ... High-protein diets may also be associated with increased risk for coronary heart disease due to intakes of saturated fat, cholesterol, and other associated dietary factors.
And in true Jackie Chan culture, besides the end credits featuring some of the NG shots and injuries to the stars and stunt folk, you'll be glad to know that Yanin did most of her own stunts, and it's indeed no mean feat fighting in a skirt of that length, without it getting in the way. While the finale battle involves countless of Crazy88 types ala Kill Bill in wave after wave of attacks, culminating in battling it out on the facade of a multi-storey shophouse building complete with smashing windows, ledges and neon signboards, my personal favourite had to be at the abattoir. In reddish hues, the villains are sans shirts, meaning risks of personal injury are higher without padding that can be hidden underneath the clothes. And with menacing looking meat hooks hanging, and using cleavers as projectiles, just make your job drop at how these fights were choreographed and filmed, especially the slamming of bodies against concrete stalls.
^ Davies MJ, D'Alessio DA, Fradkin J, Kernan WN, Mathieu C, Mingrone G, et al. (2018). "Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes, 2018. A Consensus Report by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)". Diabetes Care. 41 (12): 2669–2701. doi:10.2337/dci18-0033. PMC 6245208. PMID 30291106. Low-carbohydrate, low glycemic index, and high-protein diets, and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet all improve glycemic control, but the effect of the Mediterranean eating pattern appears to be the greatest
I just made this however I did not use any sweetner. My mixture was quite thick and it was difficult to figure out how much in grams a cup of cocoa powder is for mine it was 90 grams. Is there any way to make it more of milk chocolate bar? I also only have Erythritol Powder for my Sweetner would this work in the recipe? If so how much of it would i need.
The penultimate process is called conching. A conche is a container filled with metal beads, which act as grinders. The refined and blended chocolate mass is kept in a liquid state by frictional heat. Chocolate prior to conching has an uneven and gritty texture. The conching process produces cocoa and sugar particles smaller than the tongue can detect, hence the smooth feel in the mouth. The length of the conching process determines the final smoothness and quality of the chocolate. High-quality chocolate is conched for about 72 hours, and lesser grades about four to six hours. After the process is complete, the chocolate mass is stored in tanks heated to about 45 to 50 °C (113 to 122 °F) until final processing.[62]
While vegetables are considered a cornerstone of a low-carb diet, there are some that are clearly better choices than others. In general, it's best to choose vegetables that are less starchy or sweet and to watch your intake. Ideally, 1/2 cup of cooked or 1 cup of raw vegetables should contain no more than 5 to 6 grams of carbohydrates. Remember that cooking a vegetable often decreases the volume while also increasing the carbs per serving. A great way to find the number of nutrients in many foods is to search in the USDA's Food Composition Database.
I made this over the weekend and YUM! The only thing is that it didn’t set very well and I got more of a pudding consistency than anything. As soon as I cut into it it became a pudding/soup. It was still very good. I did use lactose free cream cheese and arrowroot powder…could that have been my downfall? Or did I not let things chill long enough. It didn’t specifiy how long to let the cream cheese filling chill so I only did about 30 min. And I chilled the whole thing overnight. Still very tasty!
Asian-inspired food is delicious, but unfortunately, tends to use alarming amounts of added sugar, such as honey or sweetened sauces. This one gets its not-too-sweet flavor from a blend of rice vinegar and peanut powder (use peanut butter as an alternative)—it’s so good and so easy, you may want to bottle some of it for future stir-fries and salads.
Wow 2 kg in only 16 days is fabulous. The rate of weight loss can depend on any things but mainly how much you have to lose and what your eating habits were like before starting LCHF. Steady weight loss is the key and more importantly remember all the amazing health benefits that LCHF brings. That is the real long term goal.I know it can be frustrating not to lose weight as quickly as you would like, but you are losing and you should feel proud of yourself. Baby steps, you’re doing incredibly well Arlene. 🙂
^ Another publication of similar regimen was Hill LW, Eckman RS (1915). The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes with a series of graduated diets as used at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Boston: W.M. Leonard. This was so well received that it went into revised editions, eventually becomingThe Allen (Starvation) Treatment of Diabetes with a series of graduated diets (4th ed.). Boston. 1921. p. 140.
Asher’s uses locally sourced potato chips, which get taken and turned into a delicious chocolate covered treat. Potato chips get drenched in our smooth and creamy chocolate to introduce you to one of our newer products, Chocolate Covered Potato Chips. These chocolate covered delights come in either milk or dark chocolate and are able to be bought in both small and large servings.
This is a wealth of information. My husband and I are starting the keto diet tomorrow and I knew nothing about it. When I sat down to look up information about it, I found this. Thank you! This is everything I need to know in one place. We are not as healthy as we’d like to be and I am optimistic this will help us obtain our goals, along with an exercise plan.
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. 
A study from Saint Louis University found that folks who ate eggs for breakfast consumed 330 fewer calories throughout the day than those who had a bagel. "Eggs are one of the few foods that are a complete protein, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids that your body can't make itself," says Joy Dubost, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Once digested, those amino acids trigger the release of hormones in your gut that suppress appetite."
Hi Mylene, my first question will be did you substitute any ingredient in the recipe? If the outside is cooking faster it probably means that the center of the tortillas was thicker in the center. Also another thing could be that you did not squeeze out all the water from the zucchini leaving some moisture in the batter that make it harder to cook. Finally if it is not golden and the outside crisp too fast it could be a too warm oven. Always cook on fan bake mode to ensure that the tortillas cook well evenly. I hope this help! It is a delicious recipe and I make it all the time without any issue so it should work for you too 🙂 See you soon on the blog Mylene.

Hi, I am Carine! I am a French mum living in Auckland, NZ. I am the sweet tooth creator of this place. I have been sugar free and low carb for 5 years, I love to share with you my sugar free ( and refined sugar free) nourishing recipes to make you feel energized, lighter and happier. I also love to encourage you to eat more greens in a fun and simple way. Enjoy what you see. XOXO Carine. Read More…


Each two-bite mini chocolate bar in this package is made with 86 percent cacao and has less than a gram of natural sugar per serving. With notes of dried plums and cherries, these bite-sized chocolates are just sweet enough to feel like a treat without overdoing it on the sugar. For just $15, you get four packs, each with 12 squares in them. One reviewer writes, "I've found eating 1/2 a square satisfies me. I allow 1/4 of a square to melt in my mouth at a time. If you really like dark chocolate, I recommend these smooth, dark, not overly sweet chocolates as a special treat." The only downside to these bars is they aren't dairy-free, so if you're trying to watch your dairy intake, opt for a different chocolate on this list.
Hi Lisa, I think you might end up with chocolate syrup if you use honey for the sweetener. You may want to look into granulated honey, which might produce a coarse or grittier texture to the chocolate, but you may still have a chance of getting the chocolate to solidify. If you need any help, please feel free to email me (acleanbake@gmail.com). And welcome to the site! I’m so glad you found me 🙂
The ketogenic diet is used to treat drug-resistant childhood epilepsy. It has become a fad diet for people attempting to lose weight.[39] Dieters trying this often do not achieve true ketosis as this requires extreme carbohydrate restriction, and maintaining a ketogenic diet is difficult.[39][11] Some diet advocates make misleading claims that the ketogenic diet can treat or prevent cancer.[14]
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Absolutely, Janae. You can use more of your favorite sweetener. I do want to mention that erythritol based sweeteners tend to crystallize in wetter recipes (puddings, lemon curd) and adding more may result in crystals forming and a little crunch here and there. That only happens after a few days, though. This is a delicious recipe and I hope you enjoy it. -Kim
"We found that the type of diet people ate had a major impact on their metabolism. Those on the low-carbohydrate diet burned about 250 calories a day more than those on the high-carbohydrate diet, even though all the groups were the same weight," said Dr. David Ludwig, principal investigator of the study and co-director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital.
I don't have diabetes and neither does anyone in my house but I have family that does. I actually ordered this book after a carry in desert at work which we do monthly and I realized that one of my co-workers that had been diagnosed with diabetes the week before didn't have anything that she could have there. I have made both a regular dessert since and sugar free and many times the sugar free goes over better than the regular thinks to this book. The recipes are quick and easy to read and understand. I love the book and have used it to cut down on the amount of sugar that my family consumes.
I know you posted a few months ago, but I thought I would reply just incase its still relevant. After having a daughter who LOVES veges, I then had my son who at a year old suddenly refused veges. It was getting so bad he would make himself throw it up if we forced him. But we kept on going trying everything we could while getting extremely frustrated (While also being told by everyone he was too small and sickly (Which he always was but got worse when he stopped eating the veges)
When is a low-carb diet not just a low-carb diet? When there’s a different name to it. And with the popularity of low-carb living for weight loss and health benefits, many people are turning to the diet in all its various forms. Because most Americans eat more than 200 grams (g) of carbohydrates per day, says Kelly Schmidt, RD, LDN, a nutrition consultant in Columbus, Ohio, dipping lower than that is going to be, in a form, a lower-carb diet, she notes.
New processes that sped the production of chocolate emerged early in the Industrial Revolution. In 1815, Dutch chemist Coenraad van Houten introduced alkaline salts to chocolate, which reduced its bitterness.[18] A few years thereafter, in 1828, he created a press to remove about half the natural fat (cocoa butter or cacao butter) from chocolate liquor, which made chocolate both cheaper to produce and more consistent in quality. This innovation introduced the modern era of chocolate.[24]

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]

It can be a radical approach for someone who’s used to eating the standard American diet — which is low in fruits and veggies, and high in added sugar and fat — and it may help you lose weight, says Spritzler, adding that the freedom to eat as many carbs as you want may makes it a poor fit for people with type 2 diabetes. Because this is designed as a short-term (30-day) challenge, it’s supposed to be tough. You have to weigh your stick-to-it-iveness before you start, and then plan out what you’re going to do after the 30 days is up.
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