With last month’s ringing endorsement of three to five cups of joe a day, coffee now has the official green light as a health food right beside your broccoli and arugula. But does that mean we should all start drinking it for our health?
It may not be the caffeine at all, but a compound called theobromine that gives coffee its health benefits. Theobromine is what makes us crave coffee, but we might be better off with cooking chocolate. Ounce for ounce, hot chocolate is higher in theobromine than coffee. Except then there’s the sugar involved, and the more cocoa butter, the less theobromine. So break out the bitter chocolate. And don’t share it with your dog (this is the same compound that is poison to them).