Friday, September 27, 2013

How Dark is your Chocolate?

Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa

ProductServingsFat grams per servingProtein grams per servingCarb grams per serving
85% dark Chocolate118515
Total Calories242*
% fat Calories66.94%
Ketogenic ratio93.91%
ProductServingsFat grams per servingProtein grams per servingCarb grams per serving
70% dark Chocolate119317
Total Calories251*
% fat Calories68.13%
Ketogenic ratio89.53%
*Note, servings are small enough for rounding to be an issue.  The manufacturer claims slightly different calorie counts.

Here's a very interesting one to me.  My friends always talk about how the darker the chocolate is, the better it is for you, but then I was surprised by this little tidbit that 70% dark has more fat than 85% dark.  I realized that cocoa solids have more protein than fat, and the chocolate is bitter enough at 70%, they're going to try to cut fat more than sugar as they push the percentage higher.  I had to sit down and do the math on this one.  Turns out my friends are not far off.  70% has a higher percentage of calories from fat, but since protein is less ketogenic than carbohydrates, the 85% is still a higher ketogenic ratio.  If you were treating epilepsy you might want to melt this down and mix in some clarified butter, but for the average sugar intolerant person I think both choices are good.  For now I'm sticking to the 70%, no point in having chocolate at all unless you enjoy it.