Dark, milk, white chocolate: what are the differences?
One thing is guaranteed: we love them all! But from a nutritional point of view, not all chocolates are equal and some are more beneficial to our health than others. The darker the chocolate, the more cocoa (high in fat) it contains. The less cocoa it contains, the more sugar and milk it will have in it. Thus, dark chocolate is fattier but less sugary than milk chocolate. On the other hand, both have very similar calorie content, about 500 kcal/100 g.
White chocolate contains no cocoa, only cocoa butter (hence its colour). It is therefore very rich in carbohydrates and fats.
How much sugar and fat?
The nutritional differences vary a lot from chocolate to chocolate. Thus, 100 g of 70% dark chocolate contains 21 g of sugar and 41 g of fat, while 100 g of milk chocolate contains 50 g of sugar and 30 g of fat. White chocolate, on the other hand, contains 60 g of sugar and 30 g of fat per 100 g of chocolate.
Which chocolate contains the most magnesium?
Dark chocolate is definitely the magnesium bomb with 112 mg per 100 g of chocolate! Milk chocolate contains 60 mg of magnesium per 100 g and white chocolate contains hardly any.
What are the main benefits of chocolate?
Owing to the polyphenols in cocoa (i.e. in dark chocolate), chocolate has antioxidant, de-stressing, anti-depressant and anti-fatigue properties. The latest studies also show that chocolate helps us to feel full, i.e. eating it at the end of a meal prolongs the period of satiety and stops us from snacking. It would therefore be a shame to deprive ourselves of it! And to satisfy our cravings, we should always carry 1 or 2 small squares of chocolate with us (not the whole bar!).
For a healthier snack than industrial biscuits or spreads, which are often very sweet, we should also consider giving our children a few squares of dark chocolate on a piece of bread. Controlled sugar intake and sweet treat guaranteed!
What is the right portion of chocolate?
20 g per day, that is 2 squares and 100 calories!
How to choose the right chocolate?
Always read the label and look for the following:
– Pure cocoa butter
– a clear origin (Madagascar or Peru, for example)
Then follow your personal preferences and tastes. The most important thing is to indulge yourself!
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