Chocolate Bar Health Information

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Chocolate Comparison
Below is a comparison of typical ingredients in an unprocessed chocolate bar against the American favorite Snickers.  Milk chocolate is not a good idea on any diet because it contains too much sugar.
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Sugar: Fiber in 70% Dark Chocolate
12g sugar : 5g fiber
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Sugar: Fiber in Hershey's Milk Chocolate
24g sugar : 1g fiber
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Typical Unprocessed Ingredients

For Milk Chocolate.  40 grams has about 220 calories and 20 grams of sugar.

  • Cane Sugar
  • Whole Milk Powder
  • Organic Chocolate
  • Organic Cocoa Butter
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Vanilla
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Snickers Bar Ingredients

60 grams has about 280 calories and 30 grams of sugar.

  • Sugar
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Chocolate
  • Lactose
  • Skim Milk
  • Milk Fat
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Artificial Flavor
  • Peanuts
  • Corn Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Skim Milk
  • Butter
  • Milk Fat
  • Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
  • Lactose
  • Salt
  • Egg whites
  • Vanilla
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Paul on Chocolate

Chocolate is very much and all or nothing kind of food. That is because it is highly addictive. I generally recommend people try to completely drop out of their diet rather than rationing it. If chocolate is important, go for at least 75% dark since the fiber:sugar ratio is much better.

Yes it has flavanoids and there are some studies that it is an anti-inflammatory, but there are better choices. Chocolate has next to zero value when it comes to vitamins and minerals and is very calories dense (2 pips generally has about 100 calories.)

Additionally, most people are likely to eat a whole bag of MM’s or the whole bar, rather then just eating 100 calorie serving. One of the most important tips I can give you about chocolate is that you need to realize they are not all the same. High grade, unprocessed chocolate like those shown in our chocolate blog post are way better than the processed versions. See the post for the images and description. The reason for this is that processed chocolate often use industrial ingredients like corn syrups, hydrogenated soy bean oil, etc. And truth to be told, I am talking about your childhood brands like Hershey’s, Reese’s, etc. To beat the drum, one step louder, you should be even more careful when you don’t know the sourcing of the chocolate in your food. I honestly don’t know what goes into the chocolate glaze that Dunkin Doughnuts uses, but my guess is it not organic unprocessed chocolate. Unprocessed is chocolate is way more expensive, and the general public cannot taste the difference. So most companies go where are the profits are, and that is in using highly processed ingredients.

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About Coach Paul

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BioMedical Engineering - Johns Hopkins University.
Juris Doctorate - Rutgers.
M|WOD, CrossFit Level II, 3DMAPS, FMSII, YBT, RKC, TRX, PN.

Paul has trained over 3000 clients and more than a 100 personal trainers over his 10 years as a mobility and strength coach.  He emphasizes safety and corrective exercises in all programming (strength, weight loss, conditioning, etc.)  His practice focuses on improving flawed movement patterns to prevent injury and improve skeletal-muscular function.  Paul employs a balanced approach in training utilizing his training Yoga, CrossFit, Powerlifting, and Movement Courses to systematically strengthen weakened muscles and mobilize joints and muscle tissue.  Move Better ... Train Better.