The European Food Safety Authority recommends 0.1 ounces (2.5 grams) of high-flavanol cocoa powder or 0.4 ounces (10 grams) of high-flavanol dark chocolate containing at least 200 mg of flavanols per day to achieve heart health benefits (44).
How much cacao should I eat a day?
The recommended “dose” of dark chocolate is approximately 1 to 2 ounces, or 30-60g, experts say. Indulge in anything more than that, and you may be consuming too many calories.
How much cocoa powder per day is healthy?
The following doses have been studied in scientific research: BY MOUTH: For heart disease: Cocoa 19-54 grams daily, dark chocolate 46-100 grams daily, or cocoa products containing 16.6-1080 mg of cocoa polyphenols daily. For high blood pressure: Chocolate or cocoa providing 25-1,080 mg of cocoa polyphenols daily.
Can you eat too much cacao?
But eating raw cacao in excess could also be dangerous. Theobromine poisoning has been reported to cause heart failure, seizures, acute kidney damage and dehydration. Eating 50 to 100 g of cacao in one day has been associated with sweating, trembling, and severe headaches.
Is cacao powder healthy?
Cacao powder is often labelled a “super-food” and with good reason. High in magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, beta-carotene and omega 6 fatty acids, cacao powder provides these and other nutrients so that your body performs at its peak levels. Cacao also contains anandamide, a natural euphoric compound.