Dark chocolate

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Dark chocolate is a form of chocolate which has a higher content of cocoa butter and less milk than other forms of chocolate. Government and industry standards of what products may be labeled "dark chocolate" vary by country and market.[1]

Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, such as polyphenols, and is relatively low in sugar. It has a reputation as a healthier alternative to other types of chocolate, such as milk chocolate.[2][3] Dark chocolate has also been described as a potential superfood.[4] This has helped lead to a global increase in demand for dark chocolate.[5]

Nutritional content[edit]

Dark Chocolate (70-85% cacao solids)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,708.42 kJ (647.33 kcal)
45.90 g
Sugars 23.99 g
Dietary fiber 10.9 g
42.63 g
Saturated 24.489 g
Trans 0.030 g
Monounsaturated 12.781 g
Polyunsaturated 1.257 g
7.79 g
Vitamin A equiv.
2 μg
Vitamin A 39 IU
Thiamine (B1)
0.034 mg
Riboflavin (B2)
0.078 mg
Niacin (B3)
1.076 mg
Vitamin B6
0.38 mg
Vitamin E
0.59 mg
Vitamin K
7.3 μg
73 mg
11.90 mg
228 mg
308 mg
715 mg
20 mg
3.31 mg
Other constituents
Water 1.37 g
Caffeine 80 mg
Cholesterol 3 mg

Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

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