Dark Chocolate vs Milk Chocolate
Milk Chocolate - 1 Milk Chocolate Hershey's bar (1.55 oz)
230 calories (120 fat calories)
13 grams of fat
9 grams of saturated fat
0 Trans fat
10 mg of cholesterol
40 mg of sodium
25 grams of carbohydrates
1 gram of dietary fiber
3 grams of protein
22 grams of sugar
8% RDA Calcium
2% RDA Iron
Conclusion: Both are absolutely delicious! Calorie difference is so close that it's even-Steven.
The milk chocolate offers a gram more protein, and a bit of calcium.
Dark chocolate offers less saturated fat, less cholesterol, 0 sodium, more dietary fiber and more iron content than the milk chocolate bar - and dark chocolate has been touted repeatedly regarding its heart-healthy benefits when enjoyed in moderation. What's does 'in moderation' mean? Generally 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce serving sizes, depending upon how many calories you've already inserted into your diet for the day.
Think of it this way: Julian is on a 1,400 calorie daily diet to lose weight and if she enjoys one bar of chocolate for about 200 calories, that's 1/7th of her entire day's worth of calories. One-half ounce equals more sense for her weight loss plan.
The standard caloric measurement used for a pattern in the area of nutrition, calories, vitamins and minerals is the 'standard 2,000 calorie' daily diet. After all, the health agencies had to have a pattern to use as an example when depicting nutritional facts and daily values - and the 2,000 calorie diet is an average amount for a healthy adult of medium size - body frame size included.
Therefore, even for the individual who resides in the standard 2,000 calorie diet, those 200 calories equal 1/10th of their daily totals. That's quite a significant amount. While the chocolate can fit into this plan - the full bar, at times it's best to enjoy half and save the rest for later as it won't walk away unless another chocoholic sees the thing.
If you enjoy dark chocolate, you're apt to also enjoy more healthy benefits.
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