Cocoa powder, an unsweetened dark brown color powder that adds deep chocolate flavor to desserts and beverages. It is processed by separating the fat, called cocoa butter, from the cacao beans to get the leftover dried solids and ground into the product sold as cocoa powder. Primarily it only contain cocoa solid with about 10% to 15% cocoa fat. Quality Of a cocoa powder increased with its fat percentage.
Basically there are two types of cocoa powder available in the market according to their processing pattern natural or raw cocoa powder and Dutch or alkalized cocoa powder. Natural one is obtain by fermenting the cocoa bean then roasted on high temperature after that grounded into powder form which is a little bit bitter in taste and slightly light or reddish brown in color on the other hand Dutch cocoa powder is produced by treating the natural cocoa powder with an alkaline solution to get chemically neutral the PH between 6.8 to 8.1 to get more a powder that’s less bitter, sweeter, slightly darker in color, and more soluble when added to liquids. Dutch processed cocoa powder also called the alkalized cocoa powder.
Chocolate in unofficially the most carved food in the world. There is nothing that can beat the taste of chocolate and liked by all age group .But unfortunately the test of chocolate comes with a tons of calories in the forms fat and sugar. But there is a way to satisfy those chocolate carving with less calories and a lot of nutrition (e.g. minarets, Flavonoids, Antidepressant, Caffeine etc.) and health benefits. Cocoa powder is not only a testy rich in polyphenols that reduced inflammation and improved cholesterol levels. But processing cocoa into chocolate or other products may decrease the polyphenol content. Flavones substance of cocoa powder may lower blood pressure by improving nitric oxide levels and blood vessel function and it has also other properties that may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke with blood thinning effect similar to aspirin, improve blood sugars, reduce inflammation, may Improve Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes. Flavones in cocoa also have been shown to have promising anti-cancer properties in laboratory trails. As it contains anti-asthmatic compounds, such as theobromine and theophylline. It may be beneficial for people with asthma,
There are variety of uses of cocoa powder in modern recipes of hotels, restaurants, café, bakery and beverage industries. Cocoa powder play a game changer role in many dishes and desserts like brownies, smoothie cakes, pastries, milk, coffee anywhere you want to add chocolatier flavor.
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