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Does raw cacao contain caffeine?

by (1662) Updated April 10, 2012 at 5:58 AM Created April 10, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa makes me anxious.

Raw Cacao does not make me anxious. Or so it seems.

Does one have caffeine and the other not, or do they both contain caffeine?

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18794 · April 10, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Contrary to what most people believe, chocolate does not contain a significant amount of caffeine - about 2mg/g. It does however contain more theobromine - about 15mg/g. Both chemicals are xanthines, and many xanthines are stimulants.

Summary: both contain small amounts of caffeine.

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15334 · April 10, 2012 at 5:58 AM

The figures I've seen are 78mg/100g for cocoa (an espresso is about 100g). I strongly suspect that there's the same amount of caffeine in both (certainly not less caffeine in the raw product).

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