Tis the season to be surrounded by holiday confections and tempting treats, particularly chocolate. It's everywhere! For those of us who need to curtail our intake of sugar and carbohydrates, the holidays can be somewhat challenging. Well, today I made a discovery that I consider to be good news: Dark chocolate is not high in carbs.
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.