The Carbohydrates in Chocolate

by Amy Long Carrera

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Chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is good for you. According to the Cleveland Clinic, dark chocolate promotes heart health, improved mood and cognitive function. The amount of carbohydrate in chocolate can vary, though. Read the label to determine how many carbohydrates your chocolate bar contributes to your daily intake.

Bittersweet Carbs

The darker chocolate gets, the fewer carbohydrate grams it has. Dark chocolate also has more fiber, a type of carbohydrate you don’t digest. A 1.55-ounce milk chocolate bar has 26 grams of carbohydrate and 1.5 grams of fiber, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Database. Your chocolate bar has 23 grams of carbohydrate and 3.5 grams of fiber if it contains 60 to 69 percent cacao. If you can stand the slightly bitter taste, 70 to 85 percent cacao dark chocolate provides 20 grams of carbohydrates and 4.8 grams of fiber per 1.55-ounce serving.

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About the Author

Amy Long Carrera is a registered dietitian in Los Angeles who has been writing since 2007 for such publications as The Insider, On the Other Side and Arthritis Today. She is a certified nutrition support clinician and her writing employs current research to provide evidence-based nutrition information. Carrera holds a master of science degree in nutrition from California State University, Northridge.