When you’ve got a sweet tooth and you’re looking for something to snack on, which do you think would be a better choice…a handful of organic red seeded raisins, or a handful of 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips?
I sat down with my children for snack and story time today and quickly grabbed both of these out of the cupboard. Of course, all of us went for the chocolate chips first, and then feeling guilty I offered up some raisins intrinsically thinking that these were the healthier option. But as I looked at the nutrition labels, I started to wonder if that was really the case.
First of all, I noticed that 40 grams of raisins (about a quarter cup) has 29 grams of sugar. Talk about raising your blood sugar! The same amount of chocolate chips only has about 16 grams of sugar. The chocolate chips also have about 16 grams of fat with over half of it being saturated fat. (Read my blog: The Truth About Fats if you aren’t aware that saturated fat is GOOD for you, and especially for growing children!)
Now, keep in mind these are the chocolate chips with 60% cacao and so they are not as sweet as milk-chocolate chocolate chips, but once you acquire the taste, they are an AMAZING treat! Not only do they taste great, but dark chocolate has some great health benefits. First of all, dark chocolate in an amazing antioxidant and does a wonderful job neutralizing free radicals that can start a chain reaction that can create abnormal cells (that can lead to cancer). It also improves heart health, increases cognitive function, lowers blood pressure, and decreases fast blood sugar levels.
I have tried many different kinds of chocolate chips and chocolate bars and these Ghirardeli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips are by far my favorite. Whenever I get a sweet tooth, I grab a few chocolate chips and a glass of fresh raw milk and I feel very satisfied. So now after looking at the labels, I won’t feel so guilty when I grab the chocolate chips over the raisins!