What is the amount of caffeine in cocoa? Is it OK for pregnant women and children?Commentary by a registered dietitian

Cocoa poured into a white mug

By type!Amount of caffeine in cocoa

There are two types of cocoa: “pure cocoa,” which is made from powdered cocoa mass, which is the raw material, and “milk cocoa,” which is made easier to drink by adding sugar or skim milk powder to pure cocoa. The amount of caffeine is 200 mg per 100 g of pure cocoa, and milk cocoa is contained only in trace amounts.(“Major amount” means that it is detected as a component but contains only a small amount.)(* 1)

Comparing the amount of caffeine in cocoa with other drinks

Calculating the amount of caffeine per cup of cocoa, it means that pure cocoa contains 10 mg and milk cocoa contains a small amount. (When using 5g of pure cocoa powder and 20g of milk cocoa powder) When comparing the amount of caffeine contained in 100ml with other drinks, it is 60mg of coffee, 30mg of black tea and 20mg of sencha. Cocoa has less caffeine than other drinks! (* 1,2,3,4)

How much caffeine can I take in a day?

A woman's hand holding a mug of cocoa and two cupcakes

Estimated amount of caffeine

The effects of caffeine on the body vary from person to person. Therefore, there is no clear upper limit. In Canada, in 2010, healthy adults had a daily intake of up to 400 mg of caffeine. For pure cocoa, about 40 mugs are worth it. Milk cocoa contains very little caffeine, so you don’t have to worry about it. (* 1,4)

If you take too much caffeine

Taking too much caffeine can cause dizziness and increased heart rate. It also makes it easier for you to have an impact on your mind. Therefore, you need to be careful about overdose of caffeine. (※Five)

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