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Chocolate Nutrition Facts
Calories in ChocolateChocolate Nutrition FactsServing Size 1 bar (43 g)Per Serving% Daily Value*
|Calories from Fat 117|
|Saturated Fat 8g||40%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Vitamin A 0% · Vitamin C 0%|
|Calcium 8% · Iron 2%|
|*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet|
A typical chocolate bar provides several hundred calories. As you might expect, the calories in a chocolate bar will depend on what else is in the treat. Regardless, is will also be a significant source of sugar, carbohydrate, fat and saturated fat.
Chocolate bars and other kinds of candy provide empty calories. Empty calorie foods provide energy primarily in the form of added sugar and unhealthy solid fats such as saturated fat or trans fat. Nutrition experts recommend that you limit your daily intake of empty calorie foods. Adult women should limit their daily intake to 120-250 empty calories per day. Adult men should limit their intake to 160-330 empty calories per day.
So does that mean you can't enjoy chocolate if you are trying to maintain a healthy diet? No. It just means that you should enjoy chocolate in moderation. The chocolate nutrition facts listed on the label are for a standard-sized Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar.
Other chocolate candies have similar calorie counts.
- ALindt Milk Chocolate Truffle Ballprovides 75 calories, 6 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 6 grams of carbohydrate and 5 grams of sugar.
- One packet ofM&Ms Chocolate Candy provides 240 calories, 10 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 36 grams of carbohydrate and 30 grams of sugar.
- One serving ofSwiss Miss Hot Chocolateprovides 90 calories, 2 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 16 grams of carbohydrate and 8 grams of sugar.
- OneHershey's Special Dark Chocolate barprovides 216 calories, 14 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 25 grams of carbohydrate and 20 grams of sugar.
- OneDove Dark Chocolate Promisestreat provides 42 calories, 2.6 grams of fat, 1.6 grams of saturated fat, 4.8 grams of carbohydrate and 4 grams of sugar.
Health Benefits of Chocolate
Chocolate may provide some limited health benefits. The cocoa bean, from which chocolate is derived, is high in flavonoids. Researchers have linked consumption of , to certain heart-healthy benefits. However, scientists advise that more research is needed to say for certain if flavonoids can provide these benefits.
But not all chocolate is equally healthy. As cocoa beans are processed, the health benefits are minimized. For that reason, you should choose minimally processed chocolate to take advantage of the possible benefits of flavonoids. Usually, the best choice is dark chocolate. But even minimally processed dark chocolate provides sugar and fat, so it should still be consumed in moderation.
Researchers and health experts advise that even though chocolate may provide some health benefits, there is no reason to indulge in or overeat chocolate since it is still a significant source of fat and sugar.
Healthy Ways to Enjoy Chocolate
You can keep chocolate in your healthy diet if you like to enjoy the treat. In fact, you can even eat chocolate if you’re counting calories to slim down. But to keep your calorie balance in control, eat a very small amount. Eat chocolate-covered fruit or have a small cup of skim hot chocolate to satisfy your cravings. And if you can, choose dark chocolate. It has a richer taste and is likely to satisfy your craving with a smaller serving.
What dieters shouldn't do is put a big bowl of chocolate treats on display at home or in the workspace. It's easy to eat too many snack calories if you're always tempted to nibble. Keep your chocolate treats hidden away in a cupboard or on a high shelf so you don't see them all the time. Then take just a single serving when it's time to indulge.
Choosing and Storing Chocolate
It's best to buy chocolate in small quantities because the treat tastes best when it is fresh. Store chocolate in a dark place at room temperature. Do not refrigerate chocolate.
Chocolate can be frozen although most connoisseurs recommend against it. If you freeze your chocolate make sure that it is tightly wrapped before putting it in the freezer. Thaw at room temperature.
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