Criollo or Trinitarian Cocoa Powder Natural Cocoa ALKALINE Sugar-Free
Alkalized cocoa powder and alkalized cocoa are the same product. The product is obtained in the following way, the cocoa is ground, and cocoa paste is obtained, this is alkalized and becomes an alkaline cocoa paste, the fat is extracted through the pressing process, and the cocoa powder is obtained as alkaline or alkaline cocoa. This product is pure, it does not contain sugars.
Cocoa beans are the fruit of the cacao tree and the source of all the tasty chocolate products you know and love. The ancient Olmecs and Mayans are responsible for first cultivating this tree and recognizing its potential as a portion of food. There are many more forms of cocoa available today, however, than these ancient people could have ever dreamed of. Alkalized cocoa powder is one product that people frequently wonder about, and it can easily be confused with other forms of cocoa.
Alkalized cocoa powder is preferred by many cooks for baking cakes, cookies, and pastries because of its mellow, smooth flavor and rich, dark color. It is easier to mix with other ingredients and will absorb liquids more readily than natural cocoa powder. Alkalized cocoa powder is used in ice cream, hot cocoa mixes, candies, beverages, and chocolate syrups where a full-bodied, smooth, chocolate flavor is desired.
Baking soda will not do its job of leavening in baked goods with alkalized cocoa powder because it requires an acidic ingredient, such as natural cocoa powder, to react. Recipes with alkalized cocoa powder should use baking powder instead, or other acidic ingredients, such as orange juice. For best results, use the type of cocoa powder called for in recipes, and don't try to substitute one type for another.
The health benefits of chocolate have been discussed in media a great deal in recent times, and this is good news for many chocolate lovers. Unfortunately, while alkalized cocoa powder is more palatable to some, it is lower in health-promoting flavanol antioxidants than untreated cocoa. According to a study presented in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2008, the processing that alkalized cocoa powder undergoes substantially reduces the number of beneficial substances it contains.
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