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    I've come across two different brands of cocoa powder, can't recall the names, and they're both 100% raw cocoa powder, yet one has 0,5g of carbs and the other has 17g - can someone explain me why. Thank You
    Last edited by Darz; 03-29-2012, 10:59 AM.

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    Does one use the US system, where fiber is subtracted from total carbs to get the carb figure listed and the other use the European system, where the number given for carbs includes fiber?
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    • #3
      What does the label say for ingredients? Because my first guess is it's sweetened.

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      • #4
        I think they both use the European system, not sure, but as far as ingredients go, they both say Cocoa, nothing else.

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        • #5
          I've noticed sometimes that the "darkness" of the cocoa plays a role in this one. Some of the brands are alkalized and to me they look lighter in color as well, and to be honest I'm not sure what that means from a food standpoint (can someone else help out here?), but from what I've seen the darker cocoas have more fat, less carbs, and less fiber per X grams than those that are not. I stick with the godiva unsweetened one in tiny servings when I need some cocoa-- I'm not sure how accurate the carb counts are on it, but it tastes good and is middle spendy versus the "bulk bin" cocoa on the low end and the really high quality ones on the upper end.
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          • #6
            I think its to do with the choice of cocoa solids. When it is processed and refined, they can choose to eliminate different parts of the bean (parts with starch?). I know when you look at chocolate with the same cocoa solids percetange it can have different carbs. Cocoa solids can be made up of cocoa butter, fibre, as well as various grades of the cocoa part?? Im guessing...
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            • #7
              Well the one I've bought is Raw Cacao Powder (Organic) by ISWARI - they seem like a good company - but I'll write to them anyway just to clarify things up.

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              • #8
                I thought it was the other way round, the darker the cocoa the more alkalized.

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                • #9
                  What about serving size? That would be the first thing I would check.

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                  • #10
                    0,5 carbs per 100g

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                    • #11
                      That doesn't seem right...are you sure it's not like hot chocolate cocoa?

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                      • #12
                        Cocoa powder is loaded with fiber. It's over 50% fiber on average. I'm going to guess that those carb numbers come from the soluble fiber totals.

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                        • #13
                          Yep, dunno if i can put this here but ISWARI Raw Cacao Powder (Organic) - Raw Cacao Powder : ISWARI - that's the product, I'm assuming the label's wrong or they've subtracted the fiber.

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                          • #14
                            So what about this stuff?
                            Fat: 1g
                            Carbs: 3g
                            Fiber: <1g

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                            • #15
                              It seems they've removed both the fat and the fiber of it, bit dubious about that

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