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Natural cocoa powder vs Alkalanized

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Is all cocoa powder alkalinized? I think this process removes the fat. Does pure natural cocoa powder exist with full fat or is this an oxymoron?

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Kind of, but it can only be called cocoa powder if the original cocoa nibs get the fat pressed out. So cocoa nibs are processed to get both the cocoa powder, and the cocoa butter(which is the name of the fat that gets pressed out)

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Not sure I understand. Are you saying that full cocoa "powder" with its fat content and anti-oxidants only comes in the form of cocoa nibs?

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on August 13, 2013
at 06:01 PM

Cocoa powder is cocoa nibs with the fat(in this case stearic acid, which is a very healthy fat so you should consider eating just chocolate) pressed out mechanically. Alkalized cocoa powder is treated with an acidic substance(usually sodium bicarbonate) that makes it less bitter but also kills the antioxidants and maybe some of nutrients(but I'm not completly sure). To answer your question, all cocoa powder is pretty low in fat, and the alkalization process only removes the antioxidants and some minerals

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on August 13, 2013
at 06:17 PM

Not sure I understand. Are you saying that full cocoa "powder" with its fat content and anti-oxidants only comes in the form of cocoa nibs?

14b8422e9b449a21e06fa3349953d4f7

(220)

on August 13, 2013
at 07:32 PM

Kind of, but it can only be called cocoa powder if the original cocoa nibs get the fat pressed out. So cocoa nibs are processed to get both the cocoa powder, and the cocoa butter(which is the name of the fat that gets pressed out)

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on August 14, 2013
at 01:30 PM

The cacão powder I use (Tísano) is non-alkalized. The label says "Our natural cacao powder contains 10-12% fat." The nutrition label shows 4g(35 cal.) of fat per 28g(120 cal.) serving.

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