Saturday, March 26, 2011

This is in response to a comment from Doug Towers on my post "Coffee, tea, and cola drinks." Doug's words are in blue. My answers are in red.

Doug said: "I'm curious as to where you got your statistics of dark chocolate and caffeine? I'm not doubting you, its just that I had never found any report on such."

Gary answers: The words "Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Bar" in the original post are linked the source. You can click that link or, alternatively, you can Google "Center for Science in the Public Interest, Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Bar."

Doug said: "Which doesn't surprise me considering that you are saying that it is less than one thousandth of the dark chocolate."

Gary answers: Okay, let's just do the math for a 1.45 oz Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Bar:

        1. There are 28350 mg per oz
        2. 1.45 oz x 28350 mg per oz = 41107.5 mg candy
        3. 41107.5 mg candy / 31 mg caffeine
              = 1326.05 mg candy per 1 mg caffeine

Now let's do the same math for a 12 oz can of Diet Pepsi:

        1. There are still 28350 mg per oz
        2. 12 oz x 28350 mg per oz = 340200 mg Pepsi
        3. 340200 mg Pepsi / 35 mg caffeine
              = 9720 mg Pepsi per 1 mg caffeine

Using this method of analysis, the Chocolate bar has seven times more caffeine than Diet Pepsi. Which it clearly doesn't. So what's your point?

Doug said: "I must say that I discovered chocolate to be good for my heart condition before the doctors discovered such."

Gary answers: You are the primary guardian of your health, not the doctors. And just because something works for you doesn't mean it will necessarily work for others. It might, or it might not. Here's a recent statement about caffeine from the Ensign:

"From a medical point of view there are certain appropriate uses for caffeine. For example, doctors will sometimes prescribe caffeine for use in neonatal care." (Thomas J. Boud, "The Energy Drink Epidemic", Ensign, Dec. 2008, 4852; click here to read the full article.)

Does the above statement mean caffeine is good for everyone? Heavens, no!

Doug said: "Its biggest problem is the sugar content. It puts on weight and is best not eaten before sleep, as you tend to wake up more often during the night."

Gary answers: Again, what works for you may or may not work for others.

Doug said: "In regard hot drinks it is also interesting that George Q. Cannon included any hot drink, even quoting soup. I regard that if you can't put your finger in it and leave it there then it is too hot."

Gary answers: Through the years there have been various private interpretations of the words "hot drinks" found in D&C 89:9, but the only official interpretation is that the term means tea and coffee.(2010 Handbook 2, 21.3.11.)

Sincerely, your friend and brother,