We’ve all heard about the studies that say chocolate improves your mood, so I wasn’t surprised to find that listed as a benefit of consuming cocoa. What I was surprised to learn is that cocoa is a nutrient-dense food...In just 1 Tablespoon (with a measly 12 calories) it contains 20 different vitamins and minerals! Wow! In addition, it contains anti-oxidants that help bind free radicals. But it also contains another kind of anti-oxidant called flavonoids that help out with blood pressure and cholesterol.

So, consumed in moderation, cocoa actually has many health benefits. It’s the butter and sugar that are usually with it that you have to watch out for! –Mellyn

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  1. Ah, thank you, thank you for telling the health benefits of baking cocoa. Now perhaps I can feel better about the cup of homemade hot cocoa I drink almost every morning. 1 cup 1% milk, 2 1/2 tsp baking cocoa, 4 tsp sugar, 1 tsp vanilla. The recipe calls for 2 Tbsp of sugar, but the guilt was getting to me so I cut it back to 4 tsp. Now I can at least feel good about the cocoa. :)