Whether you consider chocolate a healthy food to be consumed daily or an occasional treat for special occasions, here is a reminder of its nutritional values.
Approximately, 100gr (3,5 oz) of dark chocolate between 75-80% cocoa will contain:
- Calories: 604
- Protein: 7,87 gr
- Fat: 43,06 gr
- Carbohydrates: 46,36 gr
- Fiber: 11 gr
- Iron: 12,02 mg
- Magnesium: 230 mg
- Zinc: 3,34 mg
And also plenty of potassium, phosphorus, and selenium!
As you can see, chocolate is highly nutritious. With a good balance of nutrients between carbs, proteins, fats and minerals, chocolate can be considered a complete food. In one bite, the body is given many different nutrients. Of course, it’s up to you to calculate how much of these nutrients can best fit your lifestyle. Because of this mix of nutrients, chocolate also helps to keep you full for longer compared to other less complex foods.
Chocolate also gives you a lot of energy. If the caffeine in coffee delivers an intense burst of energy that will last for a couple of hours, the theobromine in chocolate acts more gently, offering consistent energy without the spikes and crash of coffee. Maya and Aztecs already knew this, as they only needed to drink one cup of cocoa to have the energy to hike all day. This gentle energy can also improve alertness and help to focus.
Lastly, chocolate boosts your mood. Some compounds in chocolate like tryptophan and phenylethylamine boost the production of serotonin and endorphins in the body, giving us feelings of happiness and excitement. Whether you are skeptical and believe this to be just a placebo effect, there is no doubt that a piece of chocolate improves our mood, whether it’s a priori because of the anticipation or a posteriori because of the chemical compounds at work.
Now you know exactly what’s inside dark chocolate and all its beneficial effects on your body.