Did you know chocolate might not be as bad for you as you think?
It all comes down to the TYPE of chocolate you are having. Today I am going to compare some of the differences between Milk Chocolate vs. Dark Chocolate
Many people will scoff at the idea of eating Dark Chocolate. “It’s too bitter” is the go to when people don’t like it, but that is because Dark Chocolate isn’t loaded with added Sugar to make it taste better. Milk Chocolate tastes so sweet, because it has almost over 5x as much sugar per serving than it’s dark counter part. That bitterness, which is how cocoa actually tastes, will be lessened the more frequently you have dark chocolate compared to milk chocolate.
Not only will Dark Chocolate have less sugar, it has significantly more fiber per serving as well, which has been shown to slow down the digestive process and limit the release of insulin inside the body. This is important because with the simple sugars being released from Milk Chocolate will spike insulin levels, which over time can lead to metabolic syndrome, or more commonly, Diabetes. This will also help with hunger satisfaction levels as well.
While Dark Chocolate has more calories per serving, it is a higher quality option by having fewer ingredients, less sugar, more fiber, more protein and more nutrients (Antioxidants & Iron) than the alternative. Dark Chocolate will also have more fat, but those fatty-acids have been shown to lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) and boost your good cholesterol (HDL) which can help prevent cardiovascular decease and help increase blood flow throughout the body.
So next time you get that sweets craving for chocolate, don’t pick up a your typical chocolate bar, go find one with at least 85% dark chocolate. Of course, watch your portions. Anything can be bad for you if you eat too much!
If you have any questions about Dark vs. Milk Chocolate include them below and I will do our best to answer for you!
CSEP – Certified Personal Trainer