Why Cocoa And Tea Are Much More Effective Than Coffee
There are three xanthine derivatives found in coffee, tea, and cocoa: caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline. They all have their own effects and can work in synergy. It looks like Dave Asprey expresses theobromine as "less strong" than caffeine and "theophylline" as "stronger" than caffeine. I have questioned this on a personal level and now confirmed it through research. First of all, Dave say's Coffee has its own ratio of these stimulants that is different to Green Tea. Coffee ONLY has caffeine, not theobromine or theophylline. Green Tea has a lot of caffeine as well as a significant amount of theobromine and theophylline as well. Cocoa has a shit ton of theobromine in a raito of 13:1 over caffeine content. Cocoa powder has about 40mg/g of theobromine and 5mg/g of caffeine in contrast to coffee which has around 25-30mg/g of caffeine in it and no theobromine. Furthermore, theobromine has an enzyme that converts theobromine into caffeine called caffeine synthase. It is safe to say that chocolate has very high levels of theobromine and high levels of caffeine and tea provides high levels of caffeine and moderate levels of theobromine and theophylline.
What does this show? From a scientific standpoint, Dave argues for coffee because it contains caffeine and with fat provides a long dose of energy. Yet, he explains in his article on green tea and coffee that green tea provides a long does of energy whereas coffee provides a short burst of energy, which is consistent with the fact that coffee has caffeine whereas green tea has all three xanthine derivatives that work in synergy for long term energy. One forum thread was concerned that theobromine was causing fatigue. I would argue that it was the sugar and mycotoxins thats caused the jitteriness then fatigue. I make low-mycotoxin chocolate in huge amounts with some xylitol and have long, happy energy. I seem ot get the most energy out of chocolate compared to tea and coffee, but chocolate and tea works really well.
Coffee beans are expensive. Buy some bulk chocolate from Cocoasupply.com and get some green tea and have healthy, long lasting energy that is time-tested.