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Does Chocolate Really have Caffeine in it?

Is there really Caffeine in Chocolate? Does Chocolate contain a certain amount of Caffeine?

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The truth is, chocolate does have caffeine content but not as much as coffee or tea. This might not be beneficial for those who are totally not allowed to consume caffeine, otherwise there is nothing to worry about since the caffeine amount in chocolate does not pose as a health threat when consumed in moderation.

The caffeine amount in chocolate depends on the type of chocolate. Generally, the darker the chocolate, the higher the caffeine content. Unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate contains approximately five to 10 milligrams of caffeine per ounce while that of milk chocolate contains approximately five milligrams or less per ounce.

The highest caffeine content for every ounce of chocolate, which is 10 milligrams, is still low compared to an average cup of coffee which is about ten to fifteen times that amount. The typical caffeine content of an eight-ounce coffee cup is about 100-150 milligrams of caffeine which varies depending on the roast style and brand.

One can compare the caffeine in tea to that of caffeine in chocolate. Tea has relatively lower caffeine content compared to coffee, averaging at around 15-40 milligrams per eight-ounce cup for green tea and about 50 milligrams for black tea. This amount can vary with brewing time and amount of tea.

To demonstrate how minimal the caffeine content of chocolate is, imagine eating an average Hershey bar which is about an ounce and a half of milk chocolate. If you consume the entire bar, you have just consumed roughly seven and a half milligrams of caffeine. With this basic idea, you will have to consume six Hershey bars to consume the same amount of caffeine found in strong green tea, seven and a half bars to match that of black tea and twenty bars to have that of a cup of coffee.

White chocolate is a great alternative for those who are restricted from caffeine intake since this type of chocolate does not have caffeine. Therefore, you can still satisfy your chocolate craving without compromising your health requirements.

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