As a food editor and a dietitian, I probably should have already known this fact, but normally I do not allow myself to get close enough to a chocolate candy wrapper to read the fine print. However, today I saw that a coworker had left some samples in the break room and I weakened, thinking that maybe one little bar might not be so bad. And, lo and behold, it's not!
I wisely selected a Bissinger's dark chocolate bar that is 75% cocoa, knowing that dark chocolate has more health benefits than milk chocolate. Of course, I'm only eating this chocolate for the antioxidant benefits! Right. But, just so I would know how much I would need to increase my insulin pump dose after this little excursion, I did read the nutrient information on the back panel.
A 1-ounce bar has only 8 grams of carbohydrate, which is less total carbohydrate than you find in many sugar-free chocolate candies. Yes, there is sugar in this bar, and I know that the sugar can certainly affect my blood glucose levels, but at 8 grams of carbs, I don't think I'll see a huge rise. This bar still has 150 calories and 11 grams of fat, so it's not like I've discovered a miracle food. But now that I know that I can ask Santa to leave few dark chocolate bars in my stocking, I'm getting a little more into the holiday spirit.
So choose wisely, but choose chocolate! What a great holiday theme. If you're a chocolate lover who has to limit your sugar, check out these low-sugar chocolate recipes: Black Forest Trifle, Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert, Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies, and Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies. Let me know if you have other low-sugar chocolate ideas to share.