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Old 01-27-2012, 09:23 PM
CheeseDonkey CheeseDonkey is offline
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Why does hot cocoa make me tired?

Caffeine is supposed to give one a jolt of energy, correct? So then why does this delicious hot cocoa always make me sleepy?

A completely unrelated question: What are corn syrup solids? I saw that ingredient on a food I was eating earlier and it sparked my interest.

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Old 01-27-2012, 09:38 PM
Tamex Tamex is offline
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I don't think hot cocoa has much caffeine in it. Of course, caffeine content is the one thing that they do not have to put on the label (Why not?) so I don't know how much it has, but I'm sure it's much less than coffee or tea. What cocoa does contain is warm milk, which is a famous folk remedy to help people fall asleep.
Old 01-27-2012, 09:47 PM
kjbrasda kjbrasda is offline
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It's more the warmth than anything else. Even warm milk, it's more the warmth than the milk.
Any low/no caffeine warm drink will probably have the same effect.
Old 01-27-2012, 09:49 PM
Mornac Mornac is offline
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Originally Posted by Tamex View Post
What cocoa does contain is warm milk, which is a famous folk remedy to help people fall asleep.
--I think Tryptophan figures in here if I'm not mistaken. In any case, the larger question is, why do I get heartburn from the hot chocolate that comes out of those little envelopes?
Old 01-27-2012, 10:03 PM
rowrrbazzle rowrrbazzle is offline
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Cocoa powder contains theobromine, a relative of caffeine and also a stimulant.


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