Dark chocolate

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Dark chocolate is a form of chocolate which has a higher content of cocoa powder 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]

Noted for being high in antioxidants, such as polyphenols, and relatively low in sugar, it has gained 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][5][6] Dark chocolate is a great source for electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and calcium. It is also a source of antioxidants, fiber, and flavonols.[7] This has helped lead to a global increase in demand for dark chocolate.[8][unreliable source?]

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
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
(0%)
2 μg
Vitamin A 39 IU
Thiamine (B1)
(3%)
0.034 mg
Riboflavin (B2)
(7%)
0.078 mg
Niacin (B3)
(7%)
1.076 mg
Vitamin B6
(29%)
0.38 mg
Vitamin E
(4%)
0.59 mg
Vitamin K
(7%)
7.3 μg
Minerals
Calcium
(7%)
73 mg
Iron
(92%)
11.90 mg
Magnesium
(64%)
228 mg
Phosphorus
(44%)
308 mg
Potassium
(15%)
715 mg
Sodium
(1%)
20 mg
Zinc
(35%)
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://bakingbites.com/2012/11/what-is-dark-chocolate/
  2. ^ "Dark Chocolate Is Healthy Chocolate". WebMD. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Heart-Health Benefits of Chocolate Unveiled". Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Is Chocolate the Next Super Food?". WebMD. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Benefits of Dark Chocolate - What Makes It a SuperFood?". SuperFoodsRx. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Dark Chocolate Benefits". SuperFoodsRx. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Hiking Chocolate: Why You Need It". Salazon Chocolate. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Preference for dark chocolate continues". Retrieved 15 March 2016.