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This drink is as stimulating as coffee, but it’s healthier

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Coffee is a very popular beverage around the world, but consuming it in excess can have some health consequences. 

For this reason, it is not uncommon for some doctors to advise their patients to refrain from drinking it. 

But, which drink can you substitute for coffee?

In a recent conversation, a nutritionist revealed about an alternative drink to coffee, capable of stimulating our body in a similar way, but without causing so many negative effects.

“You can cheer up the body with hot chocolate. It contains theobromine, a stimulant like caffeine, but its effect is much milder,” said the weight loss specialist.

Unlike caffeine, theobromine does not affect the central nervous system and does not cause anxiety. On the other hand, it is capable of increasing concentration, stressed the doctor.

In addition, as the expert explained, theobromine acts in our body for longer than caffeine, so its effects are longer.

Hot chocolate is also capable of giving us the extra dose of encouragement we need when we wake up, since, as the specialist clarified, it also contains caffeine

Its concentration, however, is less, according to the specialist.

The doctor highlighted that the effects are observed in the body only when consuming the natural drink and not its instant version. 

That is, hot chocolate must be made with pure cocoa powder dissolved in milk or even water.

If you don’t like hot chocolate, however, there are other alternatives. According to the expert, small doses of caffeine can be found in other beverages, such as green tea.

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