I would need to see the studies on the whole "fat blocking" idea, but I use natural cocoa powder every day - simply because I like it!
I use it in rubs on pork or beef roasts (add a cherry wine sauce and it's fabulous), add it to my plain yogurt (along with a little sweetener, fruit, or nuts), make a hot cocoa every evening (skim milk, a little sweetener, and a couple Tbsp of cocoa powder), mix it with ricotta cheese for a chocolate-cheesecake type treat, add it to cottage cheese along with fruit, add it to my coffee if I want a mocha flavour, mix it in to my oatmeal (sometimes along with molasses or peanut butter), and add it in to all kinds of baking (love it with pumpkin or banana in muffins or protein bars).
The brand which I use right now is a Dutch-processed type, which has 15% RDA of iron per tablespoon, along with a lot of other vitamins and minerals. It is not sweetened, so is very bitter, but I prefer to be able to control which sweetener I add and how much.
To me, it's a "super-food" simply for the enjoyment I get out of it!
Start weight: 240 lbs
Goal weight: 155 lbs (reached March 7, 2014)
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