Why is Chocolate so Good? Caffeine? Sugar? Magic?

It is no secret that I love chocolate and as an avid chocolate lover I have often been challenged to defend my love.  Within these conversations, there has been a recurring question that I have not felt fully competent to answer.  I started to do some research and found a lot of questions exist about the chemical caffeine and its relationship to chocolate.  Does chocolate contain caffeine?

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Sarah Lefkowitz, Registered Dietitian (RD) was raised in an “organic foods only” home which taught her first hand the importance of a healthy diet. She developed a passion for cooking, farmer’s markets, food nutrient composition, yoga, nutrition education, and living a healthy and active lifestyle. Her philosophy revolves around the idea of food as medicine; looking at the properties of individual foods and harnessing them into life-long health and vitality. Earning her Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University in Nutritional Science she moved to LA to study nutrition in the UCLA Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program. She has worked within health care as part of the patient care team, rounding with doctors in ICU (intensive care unit) and trauma centers. Additionally, she provided outpatient counseling in a digestive disease clinic, wound care clinic and center for geriatric health. One of her greatest accomplishments within health care, was starting a hospital funded garden in Lynwood, CA, that provided low income families with locally grown fruits and vegetables. Stepping out of health care was a highly anticipated change of pace within her career and opened her eyes to a world beyond the hospital. Working with a start-up company run by the former CEO of AOL and Myspace, presented an exciting amount of new challenges. She was involved in education, branding, social media and marketing of a widely popular woman's athletic wear company. Going further into her career she led the Los Angeles Dietetic Association as President and continues to build a community under the name FearlessFig that is focused on health and wellness, creating a support system for a healthy lifestyle.

"My passion for nutrition and helping others has taken me on an incredible journey and I want to share that with you.” 

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05/02/2014
It is no secret that I love chocolate and as an avid chocolate lover I have often been challenged to defend my love.  Within these conversations, there has been a recurring question that I... read more
05/02/2014
It is no secret that I love chocolate and as an avid chocolate lover I have often been challenged to defend my love.  Within these conversations, there has been a recurring question that I... read more