cocoa powder

Cocoa Powder

Pawel Malczewski
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Cocoa powder is the powdered form of cleaned, shelled and roasted cocoa beans with some cocoa butter removed. (1)Guidance on the Cocoa and Chocolate Products Regulations 2003. Available here. (2)Cocoa and Chocolate in Human Health and Disease. Available here..

Cocoa powder contains not less than 20% of cocoa butter of the dry matter weight (fat-reduced cocoa contains less than 20%) and no more than 9% of water.

Note: there are also variations of cocoa powder, such as powdered chocolate, drinking chocolate and fat-reduced drinking chocolate, that contain sugar and other ingredients.

The production of this product often involves an alkalization process, called Dutching, where cocoa nibs are treated with an alkaline solution. This process significantly destroys antioxidants.

It also alters the flavor and color of the product, making the chocolate appear darker, or of red/brown color.

Nutritional information for Cocoa Powder (per 1 tsp - 5g serving)

MACRO-NUTRIENTS
NutrientAmount% of RDA
for men
Rating
for men
% of RDA
for women
Rating
for women
Fiber (g)1.75.7-6.8-
Omega 3 (mg)00-0-
Omega 6 (mg)220.1-0.2-
MICRO-NUTRIENTS (VITAMINS)
NutrientAmount% of RDA
for men
Rating
for men
% of RDA
for women
Rating
for women
Vitamin A (IU)00-0-
Vitamin C (mg)00-0-
Vitamin E (mg)00-0-
Vitamin K (mcg)0.10.1-0.1-
Thiamin - B1 (mg)00-0-
Riboflavin - B2 (mg)00-0-
Niacin - B3 (mg)0.10.6-0.7-
Pantothenic Acid - B5 (mg)00-0-
Vitamin B6 (mg)00-0-
Vitamin B12 (mcg)00-0-
Folate (mcg)1.60.4-0.4-
Choline (mg)0.60.1-0.1-
MICRO-NUTRIENTS (MINERALS)
NutrientAmount% of RDA
for men
Rating
for men
% of RDA
for women
Rating
for women
Calcium (mg)6.40.6-0.6-
Copper (mg)0.222.2Excellent22.2Excellent
Iron (mg)0.78.8-3.9-
Magnesium (mg)256-7.8-
Manganese (mg)0.28.7-11.1Good
Phosphorus (mg)36.73.7-3.7-
Potassium (mg)76.22-2.7-
Selenium (mcg)0.71-1.2-
Sodium (mg)1.10.1-0.1-
Zinc (mg)0.32.7-3.8-
For Table Legend & Data Sources Information click here.

Other nutritional information for Cocoa Powder (per 1 tsp - 5g serving)

Other informationAmountRating
Calories (Cal) 18.8-
Kilojoules (kJ)78.7-
Glycemic Index (GI)--
Portion for GL (g)--
Glycemic Load (GL)--
Energy nutrientsAmount% of Energy
Total Carbs (g)346.3
Fat (g)0.732.9
Protein (g)120.9
For Table Legend & Data Sources Information click here.

References   [ + ]

1. Guidance on the Cocoa and Chocolate Products Regulations 2003. Available here.
2. Cocoa and Chocolate in Human Health and Disease. Available here.

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