Everyday choices: Chocolate bars
We know chocolate is not an everyday food but, on those occasions we feel like some chocolate, how do we know which bar to choose?
Whittaker’s Creamy Milk Chocolate, 50g bar
1180kJ, 4.6g protein, 17.8g fat, 9.8g sat fat, 22.4g sugars, 0.4g fibre (estimated)
Well Naturally No Sugar Added Milk Chocolate, 45g bar
815kJ, 3.3g protein, 16.5g fat, 10.3g sat fat, 4.1g sugars, 11.4g fibre
How they compare
We’ve shown the nutrition information for the entire small bar of these products, just in case that’s what you might eat. The Whittaker’s bar is listed as one serve, but we would encourage sharing. Well Naturally states its bar is equal to three serves.
Here’s a good reason to share: both of these bars provide more than 40 per cent of the recommended upper limit of saturated fat in an 8700kJ day.
Compared with the Whittaker’s bar, with 4 1/2 teaspoons of sugars, the Well Naturally bar has less than 1 teaspoon of sugars, which all come from the milk solids.
Well Naturally adds sweetness with erythritol (not suitable for anyone on a low-FODMAP diet) and stevia, which don’t add kilojoules. This means, as well as being lower in sugars, it’s lower in kilojoules. Well Naturally’s 45g bar has 31 per cent fewer kilojoules than the Whittaker’s 50g bar. The high fibre is thanks to polydextrose, which is used to retain texture and mouthfeel that is lost when sugar and fat are removed.
Well Naturally is lower in sugars and kilojoules, so is the better choice, but still high in saturated fat. So, whichever you choose, we recommend both these bars as treat foods, which are best shared.