Recently we’ve had a lot of people asking us about Caffeine Free chocolate, so we asked Mary Kinsella at The Gorgeous Chocolate Heart to tell us more about Caffeine in chocolate, and it turns out there’s a BIG difference between Raw chocolate and Roasted chocolate.
Read on to find out which is better if you’re looking for a Caffeine Kick and which is better if you’re looking for a Caffeine Free chocolate high, all according to Mary Kinsella at The Gorgeous Chocolate Heart…
“Is there Caffeine in Chocolate?
This is an interesting one. Raw Cacao contains a bitter alkaloid named Theobromine that is similiar to caffeine but not the same. It is much more gentle on the central nervous system and adrenal systems, and works differently than caffeine in the body.
Technically there is a very small trace % of caffeine in Theobromine (00000.04), which is naturally occuring. So in the main when you eat Raw Chocolate you get a Theobromine “high”, and by the way Theobromine translates as “food of the Gods”.
Raw Cacao is so good for the body and brain as it contains high levels of antioxidants and generous portions of magnesium, iron,chronium, vitamin C and zinc.
Notably when Cacao is processed, roasted, had additives and no longer kept in its raw state, the high nutrient content of the Theobromine is destroyed so you are left with a caffeine “high” and not a lot else!” ”
If you want the caffeine kick get some roasted chocolate, and if you’re looking for a Caffeine Free chocolate indulgence go get the raw stuff! And enjoy it – raw chocolate is much healthier in other ways too, and maybe if we’re lucky we’ll get Mary Kinsella back to tell us more about the health benefits of raw chocolate?
Meantime, if you want to get any raw chocolate for a Caffeine Free Diet or just for a late night treat that won’t disrupt your sleep, check out The Gorgeous Chocolate Heart, where you can get a variety of hand made Raw Chocolates delivered fresh to you from Mary Kinsella .