14 times more anti-oxidants than red wine
21 times more anti-oxidants than green tea
7 times more anti-oxidants than dark chocolate.
The powder also includes phytonutrients, protein, zinc, omega 3, calcium, chromium, iron, copper, sulphur, potassium and magnesium.
The type I buy is also cultivated organically, which means no petrochemical fertilisers or toxic pesticides. (There's been debate lately over whether organic food has more nutrients than conventional food- seems that depends on which report you read, but all conclude that organic food doesn't contain pesticide residues! Always ensure the products are certified organic.) I also look for "fair trade' products. What that means is that the producers are supported, rather than exploited.
When you open the packet and breath in its aroma it is pure chocolate heaven. So how to use it? The same way you would use commercial cocoa powder. Here's a recipe that's very simple and which is based on a recipe I picked up whilst staying at a fantastic health retreat, Camp Eden in Queensland, Australia.
Chocolate Date Balls
Next day. Drain them. Put in a food processor and process until well chopped.
Add an equal amount of dried pitted dates. (Or fresh, if you are flush with funds!) and two flat tablespoons of cacao powder. Blend.
Roll into bite size balls and refrigerate until cold.
This recipe is only limited by your imagination. I tried a mix of dates and sultanas, you can also change the mix of nuts (always soak them overnight to remove the inhibitors - see Furry alarm clocks and healthy nuts so you'll understand why).
Heat half a mug of milk and half a mug of water to almost boiling. Mix in a spoon of cacao powder and enjoy on a cold night. Try it with cold milk in summer.
Now you have some chocolate treats that are really very good for you. (Though don't over do it - healthy doesn't mean non-fattening if you eat too many). Enjoy.