Cocoa powder – a product of processing of seeds of the chocolate tree. The beneficial properties of cocoa have long been appreciated by scientists and foodies. The name “Theobroma” – “food of the gods” . was given to the cacao tree famous naturalist Carl Linnaeus.
The Spanish word “cocoa” is borrowed from the dialect of the Aztecs, which meant the “seed” .
The caloric content of cocoa powder
The caloric content of cocoa powder is 374 calories per 100 grams of product.
Composition and useful properties of cocoa powder
Cocoa powder contains from 10 to 22% fat.
Cocoa powder, as well as all chocolate products, has a complex chemical composition, contains not only flavor, but also nutrients.
The composition includes cocoa tonic substances – caffeine and theobromine, and antidepressants – phenylethylamine. Continue reading