To maximize flavour, cocoa manufacturers’ traditionally ferment the beans, use high heat to roast them and add an alkaline, known as Dutching, to improve the color, texture and flavour. The big problem is that all of these steps reduce the amount of antioxidants present.
The impact of alkalizing alone reduces the total flavonoid content by two-thirds. For heart health, choose natural cocoa powder which hasn’t been alkalized.
Brands sold in Canada are Hershey’s natural and Ghirardelli natural cocoa powder. A newer company Giddy YoYo doesn’t process their cocoa powder, but natural is not on the label. Click here to see their website.
Grocery Store Search- You can find Hershey’s out West sold in most Save On Foods grocery stores. Ghirardelli is sold is higher end grocery stores as well as some bulk stores right across Canada.