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Would a hot chocolate mix offer the same benefits as hot cocoa?

Hot ChocolateI was very interested in your article: Hot Chocolate for High Blood Pressure? as I drink hot chocolate after taking innulin every evening at bedtime. I note you state "not hot chocolate mix" and I wonder why this is? I use Nestle Carnation Light brand made with water and this has 45 calories. Skim milk would add 60 calories but this stuff tastes so good I don't need to use milk.

Ingredients

MODIFIED MILK INGREDIENTS, SKIM MILK POWDER, COCOA, CARRAGEENAN, SALT, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOUR, SUCRALOSE, ACESULFAME-POTASSIUM.

Dr. Gourmet Says...

I put this cautionary statement in the conclusion because many hot chocolate products have very little actual cocoa in them. They will often be milk powder combined with artificial chocolate or cocoa flavorings. Because the study was done with real cocoa products, simply saying "hot chocolate" might not offer the same benefit.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet