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Cocoa – Popular As A Drink And Baking Ingredient

Cocoa is a powder made from the seeds of the cocoa tree, i.e. the cocoa beans. The drink of the same name is also prepared from cocoa powder. Cocoa is also used as a raw material for the manufacture of chocolate.

Origin

The Aztecs have known about the cacao tree since the 14th century. Even then, they prepared cocoa from the cocoa beans. However, this was more of a spiced drink made from water, cocoa, corn, vanilla, cayenne pepper, and salt.

Season

Cocoa is available all year round.

Taste

Cocoa tastes sweet and chocolaty.

Use

The drink cocoa is made from cocoa powder. Cocoa powder is also used as a baking ingredient.

Storage/shelf life

Cocoa powder should be stored dry, cool, and tightly sealed. It will keep like this for a few months.

Nutritional value/active ingredients

100g cocoa powder provides an average of 339 kcal / 1420 kJ, 22 g protein, 19 g fat, and around 17 g carbohydrates.

Is cacao or cocoa the same?

Cacao is the raw, unprocessed version of cocoa. Both can benefit your health, but it’s best to stick to either the raw version, cacao, or a chocolate product that has a high chocolate liquor content. Raw cacao can take some getting used to. It tastes a little different than cocoa products and can be slightly bitter.

What is cocoa used for?

Cocoa powders, chocolate liquor, and blends of the two are used in bulk to flavour various food products and to provide the flavours in such “chocolate” products as syrups, toppings, chocolate milk, prepared cake mixes, and pharmaceuticals.

Is cocoa healthier than chocolate?

Overall, the rule of thumb is if you’re more focused on nutrients and antioxidants, choose cacao; but if you want fewer calories and some antioxidants, choose cocoa powder or darker chocolate.

Is cocoa good for health?

Cocoa powder is rich in theobromine, which helps to reduce inflammation and can protect you from diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Since cocoa is rich in phytonutrients but low in fat and sugar, the calories you get from cocoa powder will be packed with healthy chemicals.

Can I drink cocoa everyday?

German scientists conclude that drinking cocoa daily reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke by 37%, as well as reduces the risk of death after stroke, allowing better blood circulation due to the presence of flavanoid substance.

Is it OK to eat cocoa powder every day?

Yes, you can eat raw cocoa powder daily. Regular consumption can provide various health benefits, including reduced inflammation and protection against heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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