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Doctor insights on: Cocoa Powder Antioxidants

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What is cocoa powder formed from?

See below: There are two main types of cocoa powder. Natural cocoa powder is produced using the process detailed above, and it is naturally very strong, slightly acidic, and very dark. Dutched cocoa powder or dutch cocoa is produced by adding an alkali to the press cake to mellow the flavor and make the color less intense.These beans are harvested in large pods which are split open& fermented then roasted. ...Read more

Antioxidant (Definition)

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against oxidation, especially oxidation by molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamins a, c, e, as well as beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and selenium, are common antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants include fruits, ...Read more


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Does eating unsweeted cocoa powder cause weight gain?

Does eating unsweeted cocoa powder cause weight gain?

Cocoa Powder: 86 grams or one cup of unsweetened cocoa powder contains 196 calories and 99 of those are from fat. It can contribute to weight gain and is not the healthiest of food choices. ...Read more

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Apart from healthy eating,to gain more nutrition-good idea to make hot chocolate with nutritionally rich cocoa powder,vanilla extract & stevia daily?

Apart from healthy eating,to gain more nutrition-good idea to make hot chocolate with nutritionally rich cocoa powder,vanilla extract & stevia daily?

Sounds good: So good, in fact, that if this is what you want to drink, drink it and don't even worry whether this is our idea of a perfect ideal beverage choice. If you are healthy, just staying physically fit is much more important than obsessing over food choices. I would bet you know this already. Enjoy the chocolate. ...Read more

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Does 60 mg of ascorbic acid or cocoa powder cause acid reflux? I have been told citrus and chocolate are not good.

Does 60 mg of ascorbic acid or cocoa powder cause acid reflux? I have been told citrus and chocolate are not good.

They can - depends: Every person is different, and every stomach reacts to different foods by producing a different amount of acid (for a different period of time). Thus, while citrus and chocolate have been reported to cause worse acid reflux in some people, so have tomatoes, spicy foods, peppers, vegetables, and even antacids! The only way to know for u is to change your diet and see if the symptoms get worse. ...Read more

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Can cocoa powder to change the color of bowel movements? I've had protein drinks containing 25% iron and vitamins now bm are very dark brown.

Can cocoa powder to change the color of bowel movements? I've had protein drinks containing 25% iron and vitamins now bm are very dark brown.

?question: Not sure of the question here? It appears you have been drinking protein drinks high in iron, which can indeed cause your stools to turn darker in color. Knowing that, there is no need to now take another product to try and alter the color again. You just need to realize with iron supplements, your stool will be darker in color. ...Read more

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Is cocoa butter good for sunburn?

Is cocoa butter good for sunburn?

No, it's not.: Keep sunburn cool with moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant & apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered. ...Read more