Is Chocolate a Good Energy Booster?

There are lots of kinds of chocolate, but if you are thinking that milk chocolate, the most popular kind, is a good energy booster because it has caffeine in it, you are incorrect.

WebMD said, “Chocolate does have caffeine. But if you’re looking to get a caffeine boost, chocolate isn’t your best bet.

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You’d need to eat 14 regular-sized (1.5 oz) bars of  milk chocolate to get the same caffeine as you’d find in a 8-ounce cup of coffee! That would have about  3,000 calories and more than 300 grams of sugar — compared to only about two calories in black coffee.

Dark chocolate does have more caffeine than milk chocolate. Even then, it would take four bars to give you the same buzz as one cup of regular Joe.”

This is part of a WebMD quiz on chocolate that you can take at the link above.

If you want to boost your energy, eat or drink a tablespoon or two of coconut oil. You can take it straight from the jar, or mix it into your smoothie or energy drink.

Dr. Bruce Fife, certified nutritionist and author of The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil says the reason coconut oil is such an energy booster is because of its medium chain fatty acids (MCFA).

According to Dietude “Dr. Fife compares eating foods containing MCFA to putting high octane fuel in your car; the car runs smoother and gets better gas mileage.  MCFA are digested very quickly.  They bypass most of the digestive process that other fats must go through before actually being used.  Pancreatic and other digestive enzymes are not even needed, as they are with other fats. Unlike long chain fatty acids, by the time they reach the intestinal tract, they are already completely broken down and can be absorbed right away and sent directly to the liver where they are converted into energy.  Because of this quick metabolic exchange, the calories in MCFA are not stored as fat, but instead are converted into energy for the organs and muscles to use immediately.   Coconut oil is one of the best dietary sources of medium chain fatty acids.”

I have recently discovered coconut oil myself and wrote Why should I try coconut oil? last month.

Tony

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