Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bittersweet Chocolate Chips - Fooling Myself

So I did an analysis a bit back on chocolates, and found 70% cocoa a reasonable ketogenic ratio.  I found bittersweet chocolate chips at the warehouse club at a very reasonable price, and thought I'd found an inexpensive way to indulge in dark chocolate.
Nope.

Here's the comparison:

ProductServingsFat grams per servingProtein grams per servingCarb grams per servingFiber grams per serving
Bitersweet Chocolate Chips1.04.5191
Total Calories77
% carb calories42%
% protien calories5%
% fat Calories53%
Ketogenic ratio50%

ProductServingsFat grams per servingProtein grams per servingCarb grams per servingFiber grams per serving
70% dark Chocolate1.0193173
Total Calories239
% carb calories23%
% protien calories5%
% fat Calories72%
Ketogenic ratio105%
Back to expensive chocolate for me...

As a wandering side note, this analysis of 70% dark Lindt bar differs from my previous one.  I've added some new fields to my calculator and wanted to include those, but it seems that the values have changed since my last analysis.  This change was favorable, but it is a lesson to be wary and keep checking labels even occasionally on familiar products.  I've definitely noticed this before when familiar products changed to more watery formulas, necessitating changing some old favorite recipes.  This watering down of some canned/frozen products is why I use dollars per calorie as a measure of value between similar products.  Water is really cheap per pound/volume, and the devaluation of the watered down brand is only reflected in the nutrition information panel.