Dark Chocolate versus Milk Chocolate
So you think you don’t like dark chocolate? Think again. With its rich, delicious, “perfectly balanced, never bitter” flavor, FEATHERSS dark chocolate will change your mind!
As you can tell, in taste alone, there are significant differences between milk and dark chocolate. As suggested by its name, milk chocolate is diluted with milk, sugar and cream. Because milk chocolate has less cacao, also referred to as cocoa, and more sugar, it typically has a smoother and sweeter taste. This sweeter flavor can seem more appealing to some, however:
- More sugar means more carbs and more calories.
- Less cocoa content means less flavonoids and flavanoids are where most of the health benefits come from!
- The addition of milk might make the chocolate creamier, but it also binds with the flavonoids, making them inaccessible (and essentially useless) to your body.
- Improves cognitive performance
- Improves mood and energy levels
- Improves blood flow and reduces blood pressure
- High in fiber, magnesium, iron and zinc
- Lower levels of sugar, calories, carbs and cholesterol
Another important consideration is the quality of the chocolate you are consuming. Essentially, there are three levels of chocolate quality: inferior, average, superior.
- Chocolate of inferior quality is known for its low cocoa content, waxy flavor and use of hydrogenated vegetable oils. For these reasons, and as required by the FDA, inferior chocolate is typically labeled as “chocolate flavored candy.”
- Average quality chocolate usually contain cocoa butter rather than hydrogenated vegetable oil and has slightly higher cocoa content, though the quality of the cocoa beans and other ingredients may still be subpar. Average quality chocolates are typically manufactured by large companies, heavily processed and made with average quality ingredients.
- Superior quality chocolate can often be identified by both a higher cocoa content and more flavonols (which is a direct effect of being subject to minimal processing). Another sign of superior quality chocolate is the reduction in or even more preferably the avoidance of additives and artificial flavoring. Most superior quality dark chocolates contain over 50% cocoa and often have a slightly higher price tag. Not all expensive chocolates are superior quality chocolates. It is important to check the ingredients, research the company and taste the product beforehand to determine the true quality of the chocolate.