Cocoa Powder is a powder of cocoa beans manufactured through fermentation, available as fine, free flowing brown powder. It’s widely used as flavoring agent or fragrance in food and beverage for its fragrant smell.
Is Cocoa Powder gluten free?
Yes. Cocoa Powder is gluten free and widely used in gluten free food to provide better taste to chocolate, cake and biscuit.
Why is Cocoa Powder gluten free?
To answer this question, we need to clarify another question: what is gluten. Gluten is protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. (Wikipedia) First, gluten is a protein. Second, gluten is mainly found in wheat and related grains. As we mentioned before, Cocoa Powderis a natural cocoa bean product which is significantly different from protein. Raw materials used in manufacturing of Cocoa Powder are natural cocoa bean; Cocoa Powder barely includes gluten impurity. So, Cocoa Powder is gluten free.
How is Cocoa Powder used in gluten free food?
Cocoa Powder is widely used in food and beverage to provide better taste to chocolate, cake and biscuit. Cocoa Powder is also widely used in daily gluten free recipe, such as chocolate cake. Please follow professional instructions to decide the appropriate combination and dosage.
Why should you go Gluten free?
Celiac disease: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that attacks the small intestine due to the presence of gluten, for which a gluten-free diet is the only medically-accepted treatment. In 2009 research showed between 0.5 and 1.0 percent of people in the US and UK are sensitive to gluten due to celiac disease. So people with Celiac disease have to stick to gluten free diet to avoid unexpected side effect caused by consumption of gluten.
Non-celiac gluten sensitivity: Some people may be sensitive to gluten but do not have celiac disease and feel better on a diet with less gluten. However, there are no specific symptoms confirmed. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity also drives more people to gluten free diet when people believe that they feel better when eating gluten free.