Dark Chocolate vs Milk Chocolate
Nutritional Value Comparison

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Chocolate Comparison

Time for Nutritional Dueling Banjo's - in chocolate town. How does milk chocolate do nutritional-wise against dark chocolate?

We used good old Hershey bar chocolate candy to obtain our stats.

The Dark Chocolate Nutritional Facts

Dark Chocolate - 1 Special Dark Hershey's bar (1.45 oz)
220 calories (110 fat calories)
12 grams of fat
7 grams of saturated fat
0 Trans fat
< 5 mg of cholesterol
0 sodium
25 grams of carbohydrates
3 grams of dietary fiber
2 grams of protein
21 grams of sugar
4% RDA Iron

The Milk Chocolate Nutritional Facts

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

The Results of the Nutritional Comparison

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.

In Summary - Good News for Chocolate Lovers

If you enjoy dark chocolate, you're apt to also enjoy more healthy benefits.

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