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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 9. June 7, 1939

Every Statement is False! — Cocoa

Every Statement is False!

(From "Don't Believe it, says the Doctor," by A. A. Thomen, M.D.)


"An examination of the chemical composition of cocoa might lead one to suppose that it was of considerable nutritive value. But that would be a mistake. Theoretically cocoa is a valuable food, but practically it is not, the reason being that so little of it can be taken at a time.

It takes about 1-3 of an ounce of cocoa to make a breakfast cupful of the beverage, and, assuming the average composition, this would yield about 40 calories. It would, therefore, require fully seventy-five such cupful to yield the total amount of potential energy demanded or the body dally, obviously an impossible an impossible quantity. Of course, if the beverage is prepared entirely with milk and plenty of sugar, it becomes an important food, but that it is due to the milk and sugar, and not to the cocoa."

(R. Hutchison, "Food and Dietetics.")