I'm trying to quit coffee and finding a hot chocolate made with 100% cocoa powder, hot water and coconut milk/whole milk is an excellent substitute, but now I'm concerned I'm still having caffeine because there is probably some caffeine in the cocoa powder.
I'm having this beverage three times a day.
I've read all sorts of information on the caffeine content of cocoa powder. Does anyone have any cold, hard facts to please share?
There are other stimulants in cacao.
Phenethylamine, which is in fact stronger than caffiene, and used as an extract in workout blends, and theobromine, which is similar to caffiene but has mood boosting properties. There are also trace amounts of endocannibinoids, the
N-acylethanolamines, PEA, and OEA (don't be alarmed, tea has endocannibinoid compounds, and these are in such small amounts, its questionable they have any effect _at all_)
There is a small, but insignificant amount of caffiene in cacao. However, in my past experience with the ultra concentrated extract "chocamine" (which is about 50x as concentrated as cacao), and with isolated PEA, and other substances suggest that the dominant substance in chocolate is theobromine (mainly), followed by an influence of phenethylamine, which are indeed stimulant, but in fact better, more central stimulants than caffiene or coffee (less nervey and wide awake, more actual useable energy.)
However, in regular chocolate, I can basically only really ever feel mood or noticable stimulant effects from very very large amounts of dark chocolate (like a whole bar of super dark chocolate), and then only really just....suggesting that overall the concentration is generally not that high.
I would guess that, simply using dried (not fresh or raw) cocao, which is a pretty weak form of the plant, in essentially small amounts, in a beverage would provide no real noteable stimulation to the body.
Thusly, unless you are suffering from adrenal fatigue or something, I wouldn't worry about it. It should not give you insomnia or be particularly addictive, unlike caffiene drinks IMO.
Interesting, side note- milk.....milk and breat milk have trace amounts of the endocannibinoid "OEA", which promotes sleep and hunger in infants. OEA is actually one of the primary substances trigger in overtiredness, and most people will be familiar with the "phase" of its effects from this, a mentally zoned, fuzzy, warm, sleepy feeling, almost pleasant if it werent for the less pleasant chemicals also trigger from overtiredness.
Which, combined with the high level of tryptophan in milk is why the old wives tale of a hot glass of milk to help you sleep comes from!
I've noticed when I eat cocoa powder, it feels like I had caffeine. My heart rate goes up. When I have cacao powder, it feels like it has WAY less caffeine, if any.
If you want caffeine, go cocoa powder, if not, and want more health benefits, go cacao powder.
As Drael says there are all sorts in there. The Mayans used it for special occasions as a stimulant. It has a dreadful effect on it. It is like taking a drug which I have never done. It will keep me up almost all night. It really has an incredible effect and becomes more and more addictive so I have to eat more and more and more of it (or drink it) to have the same effect each time. I know a lot of people don't have these effects but it is how it affects a lot of us.
I am also intolerant of milk and when I have it it makes my body feel bad too.
Yes so powerful is the effect of 100% cacao on me that sometimes I do succumb. I would try to keep off it if y ou can and go by the basic mantra that if God didn't make it don't eat it. Cacao is not there in forests easy to eat. We went to a chocolate plantation in Panama and bought some raw in a block but it is processed to get to that state. It is not a food our ancestors would haev been plucking off a tree and eating. I would recommend avoiding it if you can.
I only drink water unless I go off the rails. with hot chocolate and I always regret the latter.
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