At the first part of this article, we told you how chocolate aids in blood circulation, reduces the risk of developing diabetes and how dark it should be. You can read the first part — here.

Nutrition Profile

An ounce of chocolate with a cocoa content of between 70% – 80% has about 170 calories. You'll consume about 13 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of saturated fat, 3 grams of fiber, and about 7 grams of sugar.

Does It Have Any Caffeine In It?

It contains caffeine, and more than milk chocolate. Approximately 22 milligrams of caffeine can be found in dark chocolate that is 70% to 85% cocoa, according to the USDA. Let’s compare how much caffeine is in different products. A 1-ounce espresso contains 60 milligrams compared to 8 ounces of coffee which has 100 mg. The lesson here is that dark chocolate should not be consumed too close to bedtime.

No matter how nutritious food is, if you consume it excessively, it will definitely have a bad effect on your health. You could become dependent on dark chocolate due to its high caffeine level. In addition, because of its high sugar level, chocolate is indulgent. Dark chocolates aren't really all that different from regular ones, they also include unhealthy fats and sugar. Dark chocolate indulgence is thus OK on certain occasions, but it shouldn't become a habit.

Choose chocolate with little milk and sugar if you're worried about gaining weight. More cocoa is added to these chocolates to make up the shortfall. Fruits covered in dark chocolate are the most suitable option if you need sugar but can't handle the harshness of too much cocoa content.

How Much Should I Eat Per Day?

Depending on the individual, different amounts of dark chocolate are preferred. The answer to this question depends on many things, including your weight, daily activity, and others.

A bar of 170 calories and around 11 grams of fat may be fine for some people, while only half of it may be sufficient for others. You should consume dark chocolate in moderation, just like you should with any other treat. To be safe, you should talk to your doctor or nutritionist about it.

We sincerely hope that this article provided you with all the information you needed to know about dark chocolate. Start with the recommended 70% dark chocolate and increase the cocoa content if you are concerned about the sugar you consume.