Cocoa powder and cocoa drinks: benefits and harms, recipes

How to cook cocoa in order to enjoy the warm and delicate taste of childhood? Everyone can achieve success in making cocoa, including those who do not like and do not know how to cook! This is the amazing phenomenon of cocoa.

How is cocoa powder obtained?

Cocoa is the powdered version of cocoa seeds, a plant native to the rainforests of South and Central America. Cocoa fruits are 25 × 10 cm in size and are shaped like American football balls. Covered with a thick shell, they contain 20-60 seeds hidden in an aromatic pulp with a sweetish taste. After harvesting, the seeds are subjected to cleaning, selection, fermentation, roasting, peeling, crushing, defatting (oil pomace) and, finally, grinding cocoa beans. This is how a fragrant powder is obtained, from which you can prepare a tasty and healthy drink, as well as add it to other dishes to make them brighter, tastier and healthier. (Not to be confused with kakaovella — bean husk powder!). Cocoa was known back in the days of the Mayans and the Aztecs, who loved to feast on it after all the feasts. They drank a drink enriched with spices, adding vanilla, chili and honey as a natural sweetener.

Cocoa itself was not a sweet drink. He lacked natural sweetness, so they decided to add milk and cream to the ground beans to make the drink more dessert. Cocoa is undoubtedly very useful, it has many properties that positively affect our health and well-being. Now it’s time for the harsh reality. Cocoa is useful, but on condition that we choose a truly high-quality product. A product that is not «enriched» with artificial flavor enhancers — sugar, chemical compounds and unwanted E-components, etc. By choosing this natural, complete option, you will provide the body with:

  • iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium;
  • vitamins A, E and vitamins of group B;
  • antioxidants that protect against free radicals;
  • polyphenols.

What are the health benefits of consuming cocoa?

  • contains caffeine and theobromine, so for extra energy, replace a cup of coffee with a cup of healthy cocoa, for example, cocoa with minerals for a mind-boost from the 22nd Century Foods brand;
  • helps in the fight against coughing due to the ability of theobromine to inhibit the cough reflex;
  • may protect against tumor diseases;
  • protects the circulatory system, reduces blood pressure and the level of the so-called. bad cholesterol;
  • has a positive effect on memory and concentration;
  • thanks to antioxidants, cocoa has an anti-aging function;
  • epicatechin helps to burn adipose tissue, but can also contribute to our longevity;
  • anandamide — a hormone that works by analogy with the well-known endorphins that affect our good mood and feeling of happiness;
  • theobromine may protect against kidney stones;
  • cocoa relieves stress and helps restore inner emotional balance. We advise you to pay attention to the mixture for the preparation of natural cocoa powder of the brand «Products of the 22nd Century» — cocoa antistress for a great mood.
  • protects the circulatory system and can help prevent diseases at this very level in the body.

Keto? Paleo? Slimming? Can you use cocoa?

During the diet, it is important to use only high-quality natural cocoa, and prepare a drink based on skim milk. In general, products made from cocoa beans are the most popular sweets. On the one hand, they have a chocolate flavor, and on the other, they are low in calories. Yes, yes, cocoa can be consumed even on a diet. If you are trying to lose weight, but you have an irresistible craving for sweets — drink cocoa with sugar-free skimmed milk, with stevia or a sweetener, and you will immediately feel better, the craving for sweets will disappear. Organic fatty acids, along with proteins, have a beneficial effect on vascular health, keeping under control cholesterol level. In total, cocoa contains four fatty acids — together and with the help of other substances, they create an extremely useful mixture that has antioxidant, regenerating, immunomodulatory, anti-carcinogenic properties. Cocoa has a positive effect on the synthesis of proteins and enzymes in the body, as it contains purines. Our cocoa powder contains 220 calories per 100 grams. When brewing cocoa, about 10 grams are used, which is the calorie content of the drink, excluding milk and sugar, 30 calories. In addition, 100 grams of cocoa contains 13 grams of protein, 10 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 35 grams of dietary fiber and 4 grams of organic acids.The standard keto diet usually involves limiting carbohydrate intake to 5% of your daily calorie intake. Depending on your daily carbohydrate intake, you can enjoy high-quality cocoa in moderation. Paleo desserts are free of gluten, dairy, legumes, and refined sugar. Luckily cocoa is paleo. In diet recipes, use only dairy-free chocolate or classic cocoa powder.

Recipes from cocoa powder

Recipe #1: Traditional Cocoa

Cocoa in this form most of all reminds of childhood, home and the unique atmosphere of the hearth. When you or your child needs to drink something warm and have a sweet treat, traditional cocoa is one of the best suggestions. How to make traditional cocoa — Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • cup (250 ml) cow’s milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • honey, xylitol, or stevia (optional, to taste)

How to make traditional cocoa — preparation:

  • Measure out a portion of milk and pour into a small saucepan. You mix. When the milk starts to boil, add cocoa.
  • While stirring, bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Remove from heat and pour into a cup.
  • If you want something sweet, you can add a spoonful of honey. You can also add xylitol or stevia.

Recipe number 2: aromatic cocoa

This recipe allows you to discover a whole new taste of cocoa. With cinnamon, cardamom and maple syrup. You’re sure to appreciate the health benefits of this flavorful cocoa, made with ingredients from exotic origins. This recipe can use cow’s milk, as well as oat or soy milk. How to make aromatic cocoa — ingredients for 1 serving:

  • cup (250 ml) cow’s, oat or soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/6 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/6 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

How to make aromatic cocoa — preparation:

  • Measure out a portion of milk and pour into a small saucepan. You mix. When the milk starts to boil, add cocoa, cinnamon and ground cardamom. You can also immediately use spiced cocoa with the warming effect of the 22nd Century Foods brand.
  • While stirring, bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Remove from heat and pour into a cup.
  • To make cocoa in a sweet version, you can add a spoonful of maple syrup.

Recipe #3: Vegan Cocoa

Vegan cocoa is quickly prepared without sugar and animal milk. The drink will appeal not only to vegans, but also to people with lactose and casein intolerance. Simply replace cow’s milk with natural sweet and creamy oat milk, almond or soy milk will also work. How to make vegan cocoa — Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • cup (250 ml) oat, almond or soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons date syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

How to make vegan cocoa — preparation:

  • Measure out a portion of milk and pour into a small saucepan. You mix. When the milk starts to boil, add cocoa, cinnamon and ground cardamom.
  • While stirring, bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Remove from heat and pour into a cup.
  • If you want to make a sweet version, add a tablespoon of date syrup.

Cocoa can be added to breakfasts — muesli, cereals, smoothies, desserts, fruits, etc. If you are making cookies and biscuits at home, you will surely be interested in ways in which you can use cocoa powder and give a new, delicious taste to your baked goods.How to choose quality cocoa?As a rule, there are three main types of cocoa beans — criollo, forastero and trinitario. Of course, among them there are many additional subspecies, determined by the region of grain origin. 22nd Century Products offers mainly cocoa powder and blends of Trinitario and Criollo varieties.

  • Criollo. The noblest variety is exceptionally fragrant cocoa beans, devoid of bitterness, in which the aromas of vanilla and caramel are hidden. Its crops are grown in Venezuela, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia, Samoa, Sri Lanka and Madagascar. It makes up about 3% of all cocoa powder in the world.
  • Trinitario. It owes its name to the region from which it comes — Trinidad. It accounts for about 12% of the world’s cocoa production. It has a strong forastero aroma and a delicate criollo flavor, mainly used in blends. The grain has spicy, earthy and fruity notes.

Our range of cocoa powders includes:

  • Cocoa classic
  • Cocoa with minerals
  • Cocoa spicy
  • Cocoa antistress

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