Recently, it has become common to study the composition and properties of the consumed products. That’s a very useful trend. We are happy to add an important page to the healthy lifestyle “encyclopedia”. You will learn how much caffeine in cocoa, how and how much of it should be consumed without harming your health.
- About the product and its effects on the body.
- The tonic effect of «brown gold»
2.1 Caffeine in the product.
2.2 What you need to know.
- How to decrease the concentration of caffeine.
About the product and its effects on the body
Natural cocoa powder contains the ground seeds (beans) of the chocolate tree,
and that’s it. If the label lists colors, flavors, and flavoring additives, the product is unhealthy.
The average nutritional value is 289 kcal per 100 g. The caloric value of some varieties can rise to the mark of 400. Therefore, in the period of weight loss, this delicious drink is not the the best choice.
Beans contain B and PP vitamins, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. The level of antioxidants exceeds even their content in green tea. Therefore, cocoa is justifiably referred to as a healthy beverage.
This product is able to:
- improve blood circulation;
- stimulate brain activity;
- prevent thrombosis.
In addition, the seeds of the chocolate tree contribute to the production of endorphin, the hormone of happiness and joy, in the body. A flavorful drink will provide a good mood and a boost of energy for the day. And yet, besides its health benefits, cocoa also contains caffeine. See below for more information about its contents, properties and necessary restrictions.
The tonic effect of «brown gold» A cup of sweet cocoa in the morning is as invigorating as a latte or cappuccino. Theobromine, flavanol and, naturally, caffeine provide the tonic effect.
The latter content is quite low, to the delight of fans of the drink.
Caffeine in the product
Beans of different geographical origins and varieties may have different concentrations of caffeine.
That’s interesting: Where and how beans grow In average, 200 ml of natural, properly brewed cocoa contains 10-15 mg of caffeine. In comparison, the same cup of whole-grain coffee contains 100 to 200
mg, while in instant coffee it is 50-100 mg. By the way, some varieties of “fast” coffee have even more alkaloid than natural coffee.
The lowest content of natural stimulant is in granular (soluble) powder. The reason for this is the minimum concentration of beans in the product. For example, the caffeine content in Nesquik cocoa is negligible. But the health benefits of the real cocoa powder are therefore absent.
Don’t miss: What is the benefit of cocoa powder for the human body
Soluble pellets and any product with a fat content less than 15% should not be purchased. This means that the powder has extraneous mixtures and there is nothing healing in it.
What you need to know
Caffeine is not something to be overly wary of. It is found in chocolate, tea, Coca-Cola, energy drinks and more. Scientists now have mixed views about this alkaloid and attribute both its healthful and harmful properties. The substance stimulates physical and brain activity;it improves
respiratory processes; promotes good metabolism; is a prophylactic of the cardiovascular diseases.
The main rule is to use any products containing caffeine in moderation. This also applies to cocoa.
Two cups are the optimal daily norm for an adult. It’s preferably to drink these servings in the first
half of the day.
There is an opinion that you can drink cocoa at night and sleep well. Let’s just say it’s all individual.
An evening cup of the fragrant beverage is quite capable of disrupting
a healthy night’s sleep.
It is not recommended that children under 3 years of age consume the chocolate drink. From 3 to 6
years old child may be given no more than 50 ml per day, no more than 4 times a week. After
reaching 6 years old, children can enjoy delicious and healthy cocoa every day.
If the child is prone to allergies, the drink should be drunk with caution.
It is not the caffeine, but the natural flavor compounds in the beans. The nutritional powder is also
contraindicated for people with
diagnosed cirrhosis of the liver. And, of course, no one cancelled the individual
intolerance to the product.
How to reduce the concentration of caffeine
If you’re still concerned about how much caffeine is in cocoa, there are ways to minimize it’s
content. And it’s not buying a surrogate with a low concentration of the substance.
Read also: How to choose cocoa powder in the store
First, you can use a smaller amount of less powder. If you use one spoon instead of the two listed
on the package, the amount of caffeine is automatically halved. Secondly, the water should be
completely replaced with milk. This liquid mixture is so weak that it can safely be served to a two
year old child.
A more original method is to use alkaloid-neutralizing additives. For example, it can be:
- a slice or juice of lemon;
- and spicy herbs;
- dried fruit;
- spices (ginger, turmeric and others);
- candied fruits.
All of the above methods can also be applied to other morning drinks (tea, coffee). Try different additives and feel free to combine them in one drink. This helps not only to
neutralize the caffeine in the cocoa powder, but also to discover new
tastes, new experiences.