Along with the concentration boost, the research showed that cocoa lessened “caffeine’s anxiety-producing effects.” But take the results with a grain of salt, or rather, sugar. The study was funded by Hersheys, and the company provided the drinks.
“Cocoa increases cerebral blood flow, which increases cognition and attention. Caffeine alone can increase anxiety,” Boolani explained. “This particular project found that cocoa lessens caffeine’s anxiety-producing effects — a good reason to drink mocha lattes,”
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The study found another interesting statistic in that the caffeine had a negative effect on people’s moods: when compared to the placebo group, those who had only caffeine in their drink were angrier. Consuming cocoa along with the caffeine weakened those feelings of anger along with anxiety.
Ali said there’s still lots more testing to be done, and will be looking into breaking down the chemicals in the drinks and why the effects were produced.