Cocoa powder is obtained by fermenting, crushing, and removing the skin of cocoa beans, which are taken from cocoa pods (fruits) grown on the cocoa tree. The resulting cocoa bean fragments (also called cocoa cakes) are then defatted and ground into a fine powder, which is known as cocoa powder.
Cocoa powder can be classified into high-, medium-, and low-fat cocoa powder based on their fat content, and can be categorized as natural process cocoa powder or alkalised cocoa powder based on the processing methods. Additionally, cocoa powder can also be classified based on their origin, such as West African and Indonesian cocoa powder.
Currently, Ivory Coast produces about 40% of the world's cocoa powder, with neighboring country Ghana accounting for 30% of the world's production. Good quality cocoa powder is known for its intense cocoa aroma and can be used in high-end chocolates, ice cream, confectionery, baked goods, and other cocoa-containing foods. For cocoa powder wholesale at competitive price, contact us.
Natural cocoa powder contains alkaloids, which can have a stomach-healing effect by stimulating gastric juice secretion, promoting protein digestion, and reducing nutritional diarrhea that cannot be treated with antibiotics. Scientific studies show that the chemical constituents of cocoa powder can effectively treat cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and vascular diseases.
The beneficial plant chemical compound found in cocoa powder is called flavanol, which is also present in red wine and black tea.
During the raw cocoa butter bulk pressing process, some fat is removed from the solids, and the remaining solid material is called cocoa cake. This cocoa cake is then ground to make cocoa powder. Cocoa butter is a natural fat found in cocoa beans, which does not raise blood cholesterol.
Studies have shown that although cocoa butter has a high level of saturated fat content, it does not raise blood cholesterol like other saturated fats because it is high in stearic acid. Stearic acid is a primary fatty acid found in cocoa butter, which can lower cholesterol in the bloodstream.
Cocoa powder contains vitamin B2, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. It can effectively promote muscle and body reflexes, clear heat and toxins, enhance fat burning, and stimulate blood circulation, leading to weight loss.
Two ongoing studies by the American Medical Association in Germany on cocoa powder and chocolate have found that flavanols found in cocoa powder and chocolate products have a beneficial effect on vascular health.