cocoa types question

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 29, 2012 at 10:57 PM

First I see articles on the virtues of raw cocoa powder. More flavonoids being better sounds reasonable.

Then I see numerous articles on the health benefits of eating chocolate. I doubt all these people are unprocessed cocoa, most are probably eating chocolate bars.

If some of these people are eating heavily processed chocolate and still getting benefits does whatever is lost in processing not matter?

Are the benefits coming from cocoa butter? I've been using raw powder with no butter.

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on March 30, 2012
at 03:37 AM

There are a lot of missing pieces when general statements are made about such studies, etc. It's like the old 'eggs are bad, eggs are good' argument. If it's a chocolate bar or whatever form that takes, anything over 70% dark is a good bet. In fact, I'd say go darker to intake less processed parts. The benefits come from the cocoa bean itself, so I'd be weary of relying on the cocoa butter without knowing what's in it.

It sounds to me like you've got a solid approach with raw powder. You could try adding coconut milk (whipped) or coconut sugar. Then get super addicted and add fresh mint, sea salt, or whatever else tickles your fancy.


on March 30, 2012
at 02:59 PM

Id rather have a bowl of cocopops


on March 30, 2012
at 04:52 AM

Powder oxidizes quickly, it'd be better to order nibs/whole beans and blend them.

I think it's a good guess that the good stuff is in the fat, but I wouldn't know.

It's the milk solids that destroy the benefits. No milk derived ingredients.



on March 30, 2012
at 03:47 AM

I don't buy the "Chocolate as health food" bit. It's good stuff. It tastes good. I'm sure it isn't toxic unless you are a dog. Do you REALLY need more of a reason than that to eat and enjoy it? Let's put me put it this way...

Do you think eating the "right" chocolate will have enough of anything to positively or negatively impact your health?

Just how bad would it have to be for you to never eat it again?

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