Sometimes fruit isn’t sweet enough to satisfy your cravings, right? Every once in a while, you just need something sweeter which will sweeten your taste buds. What comes to mind first, is of course, the most wanted guilty pleasure, chocolate.
Just by mentioning chocolate most of the people will think of milk chocolate, forgetting the other type-dark chocolate. However, even though both milk and dark chocolate are in fact kinds of chocolate, they have quite many differences. These similiarities and contrasts are elaborated here, in order to help you make a better decision when choosing.
Dark chocolate VS Milk Chocolate
Both milk and dark chocolates are produced from cocoa, each with different added ingredients. Dark chocolate contains cocoa solids, cocoa butter and sugar, with little or no milk.
Therefore it has bitter or semi-sweet flavor. Milk chocolate, on the other hand contains mostly milk and dairy fat which adds to the brown creamy texture to it. Milk chocolate also contains double the amount of sugar than dark chocolate, which makes it sweet.
Because most of the people consider dark chocolate as a healthier choice, they often indulge in it. However, the following facts may change your mind and think twice every time you eat chocolate. Half a bar of dark chocolate contains more calories (242 grams) than milk chocolate (219 grams). So being moderate is the key whenever you reach for any of these types of chocolate. That will keep you slim, no matter the choice.
When it comes to fat content, dark chocolate has also 50% of saturated fat, compared to milk chocolate which has 40% of saturated fat. The greatest difference is in the sugar content, making the dark chocolate a healthier choice with less sugar and carbs. Milk chocolate has more calcium than dark chocolate, while dark chocolate has more iron, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium than white chocolate.
In a review, published in 2011 in Antioxidants and Redox Signaling, the following conclusion is reached: the cocoa has flavonids, also known as flavan-3-ols, procyanidins and epicathecins.
These three antioxidants protect your body from cardiovascular disease, lower your blood pressure, protect your skin from damage and improve your brain function. It has also been found that these antioxidants help you fight off cancer. Therefore, dark chocolate, which is richer in cocoa, is better for your health.
Yet another study published in 2013 in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences found that women, who ate dark chocolate containing 70% cocoa, had increased good high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and also a reduced waist. Now, who wouldn’t like to be slim and healthy?
Despite the fact that milk chocolate may seem not so unhealthy when it comes to making a choice, you have to have in mind the high sugar content which leads to weight gain and health problems.
Dark chocolate will always be a better choice having in mind the amount of sugar compared to milk chocolate, but you have to be precautious with it as well. By that, I mean, you should treat dark chocolate as a once a week pleasure and of course in moderate amount.
The American Heart Association, or AHA, suggests that most American women consume no more than 100 calories per day from added sugar, which equates to 25 grams of added sugar daily. The AHA also recommends most U.S. men eat a maximum of 150 calories from added sugar, which equals 38 grams of added sugar per day.