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Cocoa

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About This Food

Description

Cocoa has been enjoyed for thousands of years by ancient cultures including the Aztecs and Mayans. And now it has reached superfood status. Packing twelve times the antioxidant capacity of blueberries, natural cocoa is a crave-worthy, age-defying ingredient.

But that's not all. Researchers have identified more than 600 nutrients in the addictive bean that offer a myriad of health benefits. Most studied of these nutrients are the flavonoids. One flavonoid in group in particular -the catechins - may help to protect your heart and boost your immune system.

When choosing cocoa, opt for organic, fair-trade cocoa that has not been "dutched", or treated with alkali. The process of alkalizing cuts the antioxidant power of cocoa in half.

Estimated Glycemic Load=4
Antioxidant Score (
ORAC)=80,933*

*Natural, unsweetened cocoa powder 

 

Selecting & Storing

Check the ingredient list of any bar chocolate or cocoa to make sure that you are buying real chocolate. Don't be concerned about traces of white on the surface of chocolate. They indicate that the chocolate has undergone temperature variation but will not influence taste or quality. Store at room temperature or refrigerate, but do not freeze. Freezing interferes with the composition of the cocoa butter and causes the chocolate to crumble.

Special diets
  • Candida Diet
  • Diabetic
  • Elimination Diet
  • Gluten-Free Diet
  • Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Diet
  • Grain-Free Diet
  • High Protein Diet
  • Low Carb Diet
  • Low Lectin Diet
  • Paleo Diet (Light)
  • Paleo Diet (Strict)
  • PCOS Diet
  • Pescetarian Diet
  • Primal Diet
  • Thyroid Diet
  • Vegetarian Diet
  • Whole Foods
Benefits
Excellent Source of
Good Source of
Preferences
  • No Fish
  • No Pork
  • No Eggs
  • No Shellfish
  • No Gluten
  • No Nuts
  • No Seeds
  • No Soy
  • No Dairy
  • No Poultry
  • No Red Meat
  • No Corn
  • No Yeast
  • No Peanuts
  • No Molds
  • No Coconut
  • No Pseudograins
  • No Citrus
  • No Nightshade
  • No Legumes
  • No Grains
  • Low Carbohydrate
  • Low Cholesterol
  • Low Fat
  • Low Sodium
  • Low Sugars
  • Low Saturated Fat
Nutrition & Macros
Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 tbsp(s)

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Calories: 11

Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio: 0 : 1

Macronutrients
Amount
Total Fat
0.69 g
Saturated Fat
0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat
0.23 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.02 g
Trans Fat
0 g
Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3)
0 g
ALA
0 mg
EPA
0 mg,
DHA
0 mg,
Conjugated Linoleic Acid(CLA)
0 mg
Cholesterol
0 mg
Total Carbohydrate
2.71 g
Net Carbohydrate
1.05 g
Sugars
0.09 g
Fiber
1.66 g
Protein
0.98 g
Sugar Alcohols
0 g
Vitamins
Amount
% Daily Value*
Vitamin A
0 IU
0%
Vitamin C
0 mg
0%
Vitamin D
0 IU
0%
Vitamin E
0.01 IU
0%
Vitamin B6
0.01 mg
0%
Vitamin B12
0 mcg
0%
Vitamin K
0.13 mg
0%
Folate
1.6 mcg
0%
Niacin
0.11 mg
1%
Riboflavin
0.01 mg
1%
Thiamin
0 mg
0%
Choline
0.6 mg
0%
Minerals
Calcium
6.4 mg
1%
Copper
0.19 mg
10%
Iron
0.69 mg
4%
Magnesium
24.95 mg
6%
Manganese
0.19 mg
10%
Phosphorous
36.7 mg
4%
Potassium
76.2 mg
2%
Selenium
0.72 mcg
1%
Sodium
1.05 mg
0%
Zinc
0.34 mg
2%
Phytonutrients
Alpha-carotene
0 mcg
Beta-carotene
0 mcg
Beta-cryptoxanthin
0 mcg
Lutein + zeaxanthin
1.9 mcg
Lycopene
0 mcg

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