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What in dark chocolate is giving me energy?

by (1365) Updated December 19, 2012 at 9:09 PM Created December 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Everytime I eat dark chocolate I get this crazy sustained all-day energy (all the way up until bed) that feels great. Usually if I eat more than just a few carbs I get sleepy, but not if I've had dark chocolate. I eat it very rarely.

So what can this tell me about myself and how I can maybe get this energy in a more paleo way? Is it the caffeine? I've never had effects like this from the occasional green tea and the very rare cup of Coffee. I've read it's a good source of manganese but I eat a handful of nuts every day at lunch, so I wouldn't think I was deficient.

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50 · December 18, 2012 at 7:49 PM

The combination of theobromine and caffeine (and fat)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15549276

I drink hot cocoa with coconut milk occasionally and had a similar effect a few times. I feel like the effect is stronger with the fat. And dose-dependent - lots of cocoa powder and lots of coconut milk do the trick ;).

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2628 · December 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

caffeine, sugar & fat!

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1244 · December 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Were you low on fats before? Maybe you had increased satiety which made you feel more energetic.

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2797 · December 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I like a tablespoon of http://www.amazon.com/Navitas-Naturals-Chocolate-Organic-16-Ounce/dp/B001E5E0Y2 in my whey shakes. I had to work up to a tablespoon though, got a bit of diarrhea the first time.

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209 · December 19, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Caffeine, fat? When I eat a full bar of 85%, my heart beats really fast and I get really fidgety :P

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993 · December 19, 2012 at 4:29 AM

It has caffine in it.

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935 · December 18, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Theobromine....

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