Powder: Raw Cocoa Powder
When you read articles about the health properties of cocoa and chocolate, the stimulating effects for the brain, or antioxidant content, it is in the cocoa powder that most of chocolate's nutrition lies.
Often referred to as cocoa solids, this byproduct of cocoa bean processing used to be the most popular portion of the plant.
Today, cocoa powder is outclassed in popularity by cocoa butter, which is the primary ingredient in chocolate—the cocoa fat—that gives the creamy and delicious texture.
Despite the popularity of cocoa butter, the powder is finding a resurgence amongst health conscious individuals interested in making their own cacao products at home.
Learn all about Cocoa Powder in our Wild Guide to Cocoa.
Cocoa Powder Facts
-The term "theobroma," as in theobroma cacao, is Latin for “food of the gods,” and was coined after Europeans discovered the cocoa bean.
-The earliest recorded history of the cocoa cultivation dates to around 1900 BC off the Pacific coast of modern day Chiapas, Mexico.
-The antioxidants in cocoa help reduce signs of aging due to the cocoa polyphenols stimulating cell survival and preventing cellular death. By promoting cell health, not only can these cells last longer, but they can also be more resistant to cancer.
-Chocolate Powder is full of Antioxidants, Flavonoids (more than green tea, blueberries and red wine) Fiber, Protein, Vitamins and Minerals, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Chromium and Phosphorus.
- How to Make Wild Drinking Chocolate
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“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” -Charles M. Shulz
“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” -Katharine Hepburn
"Life is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you're gonna get." - Forest Gump