Does Chocolate Give You Energy?

Woman enjoying a box of chocolates
A young woman eating chocolate from a box. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

When you hit a slump in the afternoon, you might be tempted to drink coffee or try an energy drink. Consider reaching for chocolate instead. It is a natural energy booster that contains caffeine and will increase your endorphins to give you a quick pick-me-up. For optimal benefits, select dark chocolate over milk chocolate, and keep your indulgence to a moderate amount. Just don't overdo it, because chocolate can have a high fat content.

The Darker the Better

Eating dark chocolate once or twice per week is actually good for you. Its energizing and mood-boosting powers come from caffeine and other stimulants, including theobromine and tryptophan -- a precursor to serotonin, a compound that helps you feel calm. Dark chocolate increases nitric acid levels to help control blood pressure, and it has antioxidant properties that can neutralize free radicals, which cause cell damage and might contribute to cancer. Even milk chocolate is an antioxidant, though not to the same extent as dark chocolate.

REFERENCES & RESOURCES
Comments
PARTNER & LICENSEE OF THE LIVESTRONG FOUNDATION

Copyright © 2018 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy. The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.