“Dear Rev. Malkmus, Does organic dark chocolate have caffeine in it? I have been told that I should not to be concerned about the caffeine because eating small amounts of it are good for heart heath. I would appreciate your thoughts on this.”
REV. MALKMUS RESPONDS:
There is a chocolate craze going on today among raw foodists. There are some who are touting it as the next best thing to carrot juice. But there are some things we need to realize about chocolate even if it is organic.
First, chocolate contains theobromine, a compound similar to caffeine. Personally, I will not consume it and for sure I do not recommend it.
There are so many products on the market today that are touted as being good for this or that, but I try to stick with the basics of what the body needs to make it well and keep it well.
Certainly the body has no need for a good dose of chocolate for its antioxidant content because it also contains a good dose of theobromine.
There are so many other foods on the market that have powerful antioxidant properties without the negative effects of theobromine, or caffeine for that matter.
As far as heart health goes, my formula for heart health is:
- Eliminate all animal source foods.
- Maintain a diet comprised of 85% raw and 15% cooked plant sourced foods.
- Have an exercise program where you get the heart into the aerobic range for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.
I have followed the above formula for heart health for the past 36 years and am now only two years from my 80th birthday.
For heart health as well as the health of the entire body, you can’t beat eating the foods God told us we should eat in Genesis 1:29.