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    Found some Cadburys Bournville Cocoa powder in the cupboard the other day, and tried some out! not bad. I looked at the macros for it and its only a few amount of carbs (10g carbs for 4g serving I think, 4g is a fair amount, I only have about a flat teaspoons worth, give or take).

    I did a quick google and apparently cocoa includes some nice antioxidants and phenols, I dont know what a phenol is but if I can get more phenols from cocoa then I welcome my new phenols.

    (Now to stop talking like a guy with broken english)

    Is cocoa powder a fair drink to drink? I normally have Coffee /w UHT cream, or Black tea or Roobiois tea with coconut milk. Is cocoa powder (Black, or should I say..brown) another drink I can add to my arsenal?!

  • #2
    I do know that cacoa beans/nibs are Paleo, but not exactly sure how your cocoa powder differs from cacoa.
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    • #3
      Cocoa is generally what people call the powder made from cacoa beans. It's pretty much the same thing as long as it's pure 100%. I use it and I think it's very healthful in general but as far as the antioxidants go, you're going to want good quality stuff bought in bulk from a "health" food store. Most of the commercial stuff, even organic dutch processed cocoa has been bastardized in the processing. I'm not saying it doesn't have some health benefits but there isn't too much difference in cost if you buy bulk and there is a big difference in quality.
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      • #4
        Cadburys Bournville says 100% cocoa, and it tastes 100% great!

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        • #5
          Coincidentally, I've had a reply from Cadbury's today regarding Bournville cocoa and they've confirmed that it's produced using the 'dutching' method i.e. an alkali agent is used to make it less acidic and milder. As a result the alkalizing process dramatically reduces the antioxidant power of cocoa which is the primary reason most if not all drink it! I was dissapointed with this reply as I read the same, 100% cocoa, not a mention of an alkali agent in the ingredients
          As above, if you want cocoa that retains all the goodness your going to have to go to a specialist store which tends to cost a fair bit more!

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          • #6
            Look out for cocoa and cacao (pronounced CaCOW) cacao is unprocessed from the raw bean, cocoa has always had some roasting / fermentation process done to it although its still 100%
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            • #7
              ohhhhh now i get itt..... mmkay
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              • #8
                I've been drinking coconut milk hot chocolate using cocoa powder, hasn't caused me any trouble. I'm almost out and read that penzey's has a good one, gonna pick up the non dutched one soon: http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penze...coapowder.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Supadude View Post
                  Coincidentally, I've had a reply from Cadbury's today regarding Bournville cocoa and they've confirmed that it's produced using the 'dutching' method i.e. an alkali agent is used to make it less acidic and milder. As a result the alkalizing process dramatically reduces the antioxidant power of cocoa which is the primary reason most if not all drink it! I was dissapointed with this reply as I read the same, 100% cocoa, not a mention of an alkali agent in the ingredients
                  As above, if you want cocoa that retains all the goodness your going to have to go to a specialist store which tends to cost a fair bit more!
                  Why can't the world just give us healthy, untouched food for once.......

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                  • #10
                    It may be more complex. I have tried the nibs and now have Guittard Dutch process 100% cocoa powder. The nibs seem to have a lot more compounds that cause some acidic like irritation/discomfort after eating, at least for me. Perhaps a question for the grokologist? What is the substance in chocolate that can cause irritation, and is this reduced or removed with the Dutch process?

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                    • #11
                      Hmmm...I was looking at cocoa powders in the grocery store last night and chose Hershey's brand because it didn't say "Dutch processed" on the label. But I guess that's no guarantee that it isn't, based on the Cadbury label not stating "Dutch processed" either.
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                      • #12
                        I say, just enjoy it with moderation. Im quite happy to take the carb hit to be honest, and if there's a bit of anti oxidants in there, then good. Im sure theres much worst things to drink

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                        • #13
                          I've been drinking coconut milk hot chocolate using cocoa powder, hasn't caused me any trouble. I'm almost out and read that penzey's has a good one, gonna pick up the non dutched one soon: http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penze...coapowder.html
                          slefmyth, I have the Natural 100% Cocoa powder from Penzey's and it's really great! I had the Hershey's in my cupboard for who knows how long, and honestly, it's not good. The Natural Cocoa powder has so much more flavor, is dark and smooth, and isn't processed wtih alkali! And it's not that expensive either, good stuff
                          You are what you eat,
                          and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hannahc View Post
                            slefmyth, I have the Natural 100% Cocoa powder from Penzey's and it's really great! I had the Hershey's in my cupboard for who knows how long, and honestly, it's not good. The Natural Cocoa powder has so much more flavor, is dark and smooth, and isn't processed wtih alkali! And it's not that expensive either, good stuff
                            Replied but it didn't show up, weird, hope it doesn't double post

                            Thanks for the heads up on their cocoa! Running out there this weekend to get some spices too...better keep my head straight or I'll buy half the store.

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                            • #15
                              Hey, mark recomends dark chocolate in moderation,

                              can i eat more if there is no sugar i.e. 100% cocoa? any potential downsides? ideas?
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