Cocoa is the powder of the cocoa bean, which is the fermented seed of the fruit of the cacao tree. The Indians were probably the first to drink chocolate beverages more than 4000 years ago. Today cocoa is mostly produced in African countries such as Ivory Coast and Ghana, in Indonesia and South American countries like Brazil and Ecuador.
Many health benefits of cocoa
Almost everybody loves chocolate, but unfortunately most chocolate contains a lot of sugar, especially white and milk chocolate. If you use cocoa powder, you still get the many nutrients without the damaging effect of the sugar.
Chocolate is an excellent source of many vitamins, such as riboflavin, and minerals such as manganese, zinc and phosphorus. It also contains decent amounts of iron, magnesium and calcium.
Sugar free chocolate cake
If you want to make an unsweetened chocolate cake, just blend in some cocoa powder with the rest of your ingredients to give a wonderful chocolate flavour to your cake.
Another great idea is to put cocoa into your smoothies. Especially in combination with banana and nuts, this will make for an awesome, energizing smoothie.