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I eat three teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder daily. Is this harmful? I understand that cocoa powder is rich in healthy benefits.
There should be no problem with consuming the three teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. There has been a lot of research that indicates the antioxidants including polyphenols and flavonoids are very beneficial.
Here are some articles on the Dr. Gourmet Web site for further reading:
There are literally hundreds of studies that have looked at cocoa and how it may have a variety of health benefits:
A tablespoon (3 teaspoons) of cocoa contains only 12 calories. There is very little fat in unsweetened cocoa so the amount you are having every day should be safe.
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, CCMS