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What in dark chocolate is giving me energy?

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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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1363 · December 20, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Oh man, you were not kidding about fat increasing the bio-availability of caffeine. I experimented with half a chocolate bar some hours ago for a little energy boost, had it with a bunch of bacon. I cannot sit still or focus on anything now. This is terrible. Or maybe it is the jittery caffeine affect instead of the clean affect since I've had it twice in one week.

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50 · December 19, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Hmm I personally feel like the energy boost from that drink is cleaner and more sustained than from coffee. No jittery/diarrhea. Worst I've had were some minor headaches, but that could be due the coconut milk. I add some coffee too because I like the taste :). Could also add cinnamon. I even added cayenne pepper once, was quite good actually :P

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1363 · December 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I don't think so, I mostly eat slow cooker meals with fatty meat, and tend to add coconut oil to those

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1363 · December 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Tasty? I'm gonna try some of this out. I like the coconut milk idea.

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1363 · December 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Cool, I had never heard of theobromine before. Does this make dark chocolate potentially better than coffee??

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1981 · December 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Maybe it's joy.

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2904 · December 18, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Also caffeine is fat-soluble, so the fat in the chocolate might increase the bioavailability of the caffeine in the chocolate. When you don't get caffeine regularly, a small amount of it will give you sustained "clean" non-jittery energy.

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2904 · December 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Yes, it's most likely the caffeine. That's what caffeine does to you when you're not addicted to it and drinking it daily. I drink coffee once in a blue moon and when I do, it's a small glass of it because I have no tolerance to caffeine.

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1363 · December 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

To add details: I will eat an entire standard size bar, in the morning, once every few months.

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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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1363 · December 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Cool, I had never heard of theobromine before. Does this make dark chocolate potentially better than coffee??

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50 · December 19, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Hmm I personally feel like the energy boost from that drink is cleaner and more sustained than from coffee. No jittery/diarrhea. Worst I've had were some minor headaches, but that could be due the coconut milk. I add some coffee too because I like the taste :). Could also add cinnamon. I even added cayenne pepper once, was quite good actually :P

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2668 · December 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

caffeine, sugar & fat!

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1232 · 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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1363 · December 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I don't think so, I mostly eat slow cooker meals with fatty meat, and tend to add coconut oil to those

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2799 · 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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1363 · December 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Tasty? I'm gonna try some of this out. I like the coconut milk idea.

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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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1005 · December 19, 2012 at 4:29 AM

It has caffine in it.

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912 · December 18, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Theobromine....

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