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Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkOther - Food & Drink · 1 decade ago

Does chocolate really have caffeine in it or not?

I have heard that chocolate contains caffeine in it. Yesterday , however, I was told it didn't and to look at the ingredients. So I did this morning and "Lo and behold" no caffeine. So is there some hidden caffeine or was I misinformed in the beginning by alot of people?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Does cocoa contain caffeine?

    Yes, in very small quantities.

    Cocoa beans

    Cocoa beans undergo a process of drying and fermentation to develop the flavour and colour. The amount of caffeine in the beans varies with the type of beans and the degree of fermentation.

    In an analysis of cocoa from various sources the following percentages of caffeine were found:

    Percentage of Caffeine

    Average (22 samples)

    0.214

    Maximum

    0.416

    Minimum

    0.062

    Cocoa powder

    Cocoa powder contains caffeine. Depending on the degree of fermentation and the type of cocoa beans, the caffeine content will vary from 0.1-0.5%. In cocoa powders made from well fermented African cocoa beans the caffeine proportion is in general very low: 0.1% or less.

    Chocolate

    Levels of caffeine range from 2 to 23 milligrams in a typical 40 gram bar of milk chocolate and from 2 to 7 milligrams in a 227 gram glass of chocolate milk; both are the equivalent of that found in cups of decaffeinated coffee. A 28 gram piece of bittersweet (dark) chocolate contains from 5 to 35 milligrams of caffeine, still well under the approximately 75 milligrams of caffeine found in a 227 gram cup of instant coffee or the 140 milligrams found in the same amount of brewed coffee.

    Cocoa butter

    A study by Kiefer & Martin to determine the amounts of caffeine and theobromine in chocolate products found only small amounts of theobromine (0.008%) and caffeine (0.038%) in cocoa butter.

    References:

    The cocoa manual. Cacao de Zaan, 1993, p 91-92)

    Chocolate and health. A scientific overview for the health professional. Chocolate Manufacturers Association of the USA, 1997

    http://www.food-info.net/uk/qa/qa-fp47.htm

    Source(s): Food-Info.net
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    3 years ago

    Caffeine In Chocolate

  • 3 years ago

    Does Chocolate Have Caffeine

  • 4 years ago

    Chocolate has very small traces of caffeine, along with a closely related substance, known as theobromine, which is present in larger volumes.

    1) Only people who are suffering from heart related ailments are advised by doctors to stay away from such chocolates.

    2) All other healthy individuals have low to no risk of excess caffeine consumption while having even a large quantity of chocolate.

    3) White and milk chocolate might even contain no traces of caffeine at all.

    4) Dark chocolate, on the other hand, usually has small traces of caffeine present.

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    Does chocolate really have caffeine in it or not?

    I have heard that chocolate contains caffeine in it. Yesterday , however, I was told it didn't and to look at the ingredients. So I did this morning and "Lo and behold" no caffeine. So is there some hidden caffeine or was I misinformed in the beginning by alot of people?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    martina_ie is correct. “Chocolate contains caffeine. But the caffeine is present only in modest quantities.”

    However, the reason it is not on the ingredients list is that that Caffeine is not actually an ingredient. The caffeine is a compound in the coco bean itself. Just as with Tea and Coffee, caffeine is not part of the ingredient list since it is not “added” to the food or in a since a part of the “recipe”. Just as you, don’t have to list “Water, seeds, etc” as an ingredient in a tomato. Soda’s have caffeine listed because the manufacture adds caffeine to the drink.

    FYI: a single teaspoon of pure caffeine will kill a horse.

  • 1 decade ago

    Chocolate contains caffeine. But the caffeine is present only in modest quantities. It is easily obtained from other sources. Indeed a whole ounce of milk chocolate contains no more caffeine than a typical cup of "decaffeinated" coffee.

  • 4 years ago

    Caffeine is found in cocoa's solids, then black chocolate have a small amount of caffeine , but white chocolate haven't bacause it's' mixture of cocoa butter with other ingredients

  • 1 decade ago

    yes chocolate has caffeine

    nicholas

  • 1 decade ago

    It really does hae caffeinr in it, although it is in slightly different form. It would not be on the label, as it is not an ingredient, it is a part of the chocolate.

    Source(s): nutritionist
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