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    Question Too much cocoa?

    I have alot of cocoa powder everyday in desserts and instead of coffee, what are the dangers of doing this and what is a safe limit?

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    I wouldn't be worried about cocoa itself, more about these desserts. Any sweeteners, or too much dairy? What kind of desserts are we talking about?

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    What brand cocoa are you using?

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    Never sweeteners of dairy in the desserts. Usually banana ice cream or with coconut milk or I make my own chocolate with coconut oil mixed with cocoa powder and set hard. I am just using a standard tesco cocoa powder. I swear Im a REAL chocoholic, I wondered if there are actually any known downsides to too much. I banned myself from eating actual chocolate even the 100% stuff cos I just went overboard, all or nothing lol
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    What brand is a good one and where do you purchase it? I looked at two grocery stores in town and Trader Joe's (they had none) and all I could find was Hershey's. At least I got Hershey's dark cocoa, but I know it's not the best. I don't eat it often, but I'd like to get a hold of some good stuff - do I have to go to Whole Foods or health food store? I also haven't been able to find coconut oil or flour, but I think I can find them at Whole Foods (about 40 min away, so I don't go often -- have only been primal for about a month now).

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    I Tend to Avoid Hershey's Dark Cocoa

    Quote Originally Posted by Angieh View Post
    What brand is a good one and where do you purchase it? I looked at two grocery stores in town and Trader Joe's (they had none) and all I could find was Hershey's. At least I got Hershey's dark cocoa, but I know it's not the best. I don't eat it often, but I'd like to get a hold of some good stuff - do I have to go to Whole Foods or health food store? I also haven't been able to find coconut oil or flour, but I think I can find them at Whole Foods (about 40 min away, so I don't go often -- have only been primal for about a month now).

    Let me know what brand you all like -- thanks!
    If you think about it all cocoa powders are dark. They are, in fact, 100% cocoa. Hershey's Dark cocoa, on the other hand, uses a dutch process (alkali) witch generally decreases the amount of antioxidants and serve as an acid neutralizer that alters the color/flavor. It serves more of a distinct purpose when used in baking. Nonetheless, cocoa is a great treat if used wisely because these flavonols and antioxidants increase blood flow to the brain.

    As for the topics of a little "too much" cocoa, I don't think there's harm in it. It may actually be a good thing depending on your type of exercise and diet. The most considerable thing to look out for is the amount of caffeine you take in daily, so cocoa on top of coffee, tea, or soda could amount to a poor habit that could potentially affect your health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madelaine View Post
    If you think about it all cocoa powders are dark. They are, in fact, 100% cocoa. Hershey's Dark cocoa, on the other hand, uses a dutch process (alkali) witch generally decreases the amount of antioxidants and serve as an acid neutralizer that alters the color/flavor. It serves more of a distinct purpose when used in baking. Nonetheless, cocoa is a great treat if used wisely because these flavonols and antioxidants increase blood flow to the brain.

    As for the topics of a little "too much" cocoa, I don't think there's harm in it. It may actually be a good thing depending on your type of exercise and diet. The most considerable thing to look out for is the amount of caffeine you take in daily, so cocoa on top of coffee, tea, or soda could amount to a poor habit that could potentially affect your health.
    Hersey also makes an unsweeteened 100% cacao powder which is usually on the shelf right next to their dark dutch processed product. I use it to make hot chocolate (just hot water and a packet of Truvia). I also put it in my Greek yogurt and on my shredded coconut. It was rated best tasting by America's Test Kitchen. I think it is pretty good.

    http://www.hersheys.com/pure-product...nsweetened&f=0
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artbuc View Post
    Hersey also makes an unsweeteened 100% cacao powder which is usually on the shelf right next to their dark dutch processed product. I use it to make hot chocolate (just hot water and a packet of Truvia). I also put it in my Greek yogurt and on my shredded coconut. It was rated best tasting by America's Test Kitchen. I think it is pretty good.

    http://www.hersheys.com/pure-product...nsweetened&f=0
    I definitely agree with that. I like to use Hershey's unsweetened cocoa, actually. Putting it on greek yogurt is a fantastic idea. I've had it on bananas -with honey-, too, and anything else to a reasonable extent.

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    I too am a victim of Tesco cocoa

    High in carbs, and addictive are the problems I've found... also cocoa is a bean so technically not primal anyway. Meh.

    If you're not looking to lose weight and are happy with things as they are, I think you'll be okay. Just keep an eye on it if things go a bit wierd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernMonkeyGirl View Post
    I too am a victim of Tesco cocoa

    High in carbs, and addictive are the problems I've found... also cocoa is a bean so technically not primal anyway. Meh.

    If you're not looking to lose weight and are happy with things as they are, I think you'll be okay. Just keep an eye on it if things go a bit wierd?
    Despite the term "bean" being in the name, cacao is apparently an evergreen tree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobroma_cacao
    Don't think it's a legume, which makes me happy.
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