cocoa

sweet snack


One of may favourite snacks/breakfasts:
rice cakes + nut butter + cocoa nibs + honey + cinnamon

...particularly delicious with almond butter, fairtrade raw organic cocoa nibs, local honey, and very fine cinnamon :-)

Booze Health Cookie ~News

* Love of Chocolate May Have Begun With Cacao Beer
"New archaeological findings by John S. Henderson of Cornell and Rosemary A. Joyce of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues push the date of the first use of cacao back to about 1100 B.C., 500 years earlier than previously known. What’s more, the researchers suggest that this early beverage was something different again — a fermented beer made from cacao pulp, not seeds."

* Citrus Juice, Vitamin C Give Staying Power To Green Tea Antioxidants
I'd like some lemon with my tea please.

* Christmas Countdown:The 40 Best Cookie Recipes For Shipping
~ that was a super-fun list to peruse (mostly very rich refined sugary goods). My list would include a variety of super-delicious, crunchy, (sturdy!) and surprisingly healthy biscotti like Chocolate Almond Bran Biscotti or Pecan Gingerbread Biscotti...

Cocoa: Dutch vs Raw

Cocoa beans in a cacao pod
Cocoa beans in a cacao pod (Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service)

I'm sure you've all been noticing the studies constantly popping up proclaiming chocolate's health benefits.

In Chocolate, More Cocoa Means Higher Antioxidant Capacity. One thing I recently learned was that alkalized cocoa (like the dark and mellow Dutch Processed cocoa) is lower in healthy antioxidants (here: flavonoids) than the more unprocessed (and more bitter) "raw" cocoa. I figured when it came to chocolate, and by extension cocoa, "the darker the better". Not so for cocoa. Dutch Processed cocoa still contains healthy antioxidants (and tastes awesome), just not many as raw cocoa.

Once again, the less processed food wins as the healthier choice!