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Old 09-02-06, 11:18 PM   #1
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re: Chocolate Milk

I agree that Chocolate Milk
tastes great and that it would
be a good recovery drink.

I sort of ran into trouble with
it today though as I bought
2 containers of Hersey's CoCo
powder and have been putting
MAXIMUM amounts of it in my
whey protein smoothies as I used
to do that in my weightloss phase
and there are virtually no calories
in it.

But there is 108 mg of Theophylline
in each tablespoon of Hersey's CoCo
powder and that stuff is prescribed
medication for asthma. It enlarges
the Bronchia in the Lungs and promotes
the expulsion of phlegm and I have really
been hacking up some loogies lately.

I suspect it might impact my performance
a bit during exertion on the bike too, but
I can't swear to it.

Anyway... since you guys have been praising
the benefits of Chocolate milk I just wanted
you all to know that it contains a prescription
drug and if you drank a quart of the stuff
you'd probably get about 200 mg of theophylline.

Theophylline poisoning or side effects occur
at about 450 mg or more. But even lesser
amounts can give you upset stomach. In high
doses, theophylline can cause seizures and death.

I may discontinue using the stuff as soon as the
2nd container runs out.
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Old 09-03-06, 06:37 PM   #2
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Actually, cocoa contains theobromine - a similar, but different chemical. Both of these are related to caffeine. The Hershey website confirms that Hershey's cocoa contains 108 mg of theobromine per teaspoon.

Although theobromine is very toxic to dogs, it is much less so to humans. The lowest reported toxicity level reported for theobromine is 26 mg/kg of body weight. So, for a 150 lb (68 kg) human, the LOWEST toxicity level is 1772 mg (over 16 teaspoons). There is no LD50 level (dosage at which 50% lethality occurs) available. I suspect this is mainly because theobromine toxicity in humans is quite rare.

Theophylline is actually found in black and green teas. So, perhaps one should watch one's intake of them.
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