Alkalized cocoa powder

Ingredient Type: Flavoring (natural)
Synonyms: Dutch-processed cocoa, Alkalized cocoa
Additive Number: 501

Alkalized cocoa powder, also known as Dutch-processed cocoa powder, is a type of cocoa powder that has been treated with an alkalizing agent to reduce its acidity. This process can also result in a darker color and a milder, less bitter flavor.

In protein powders, alkalized cocoa powder is often used to add flavor and a chocolatey taste. It can be particularly useful in vegan or plant-based protein powders to enhance the overall taste.

In terms of safety, alkalized cocoa powder is generally considered safe for consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). However, individuals with a history of digestive issues, such as acid reflux or GERD, may experience discomfort when consuming cocoa powder due to its naturally occurring acidity.

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