Is There Protein in Chocolate?
While rich, delicious dark chocolate may not be the first food you think of when you’re looking for the muscle, bone-building benefits of protein, we’re excited to report that this pairing is becoming more common in the world of functional snacks. Active and health-conscious people are increasingly looking for tasty grab-and-go protein sources to support post-workout muscle recovery and quell hunger after a workout, sports competition, hike—or just a busy day on the go.
Health Benefits of Protein and Chocolate
The nutritional benefits of protein are well-documented. We need protein as part of a mix of nutrients—including carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals—to stay healthy. When we digest protein into amino acids, these basic nutrients build, fuel, and repair cells. High protein foods help to curb hunger and weight gain, while tuning the immune system. In many ways, protein powers your active day.
Meanwhile, dark chocolate with high cocoa content brings significant health benefits as well. A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70–85 percent cocoa contains 11 grams of fiber as well as more than half of the recommended daily intake of such nutrients as iron, manganese, magnesium and copper. Perhaps surprisingly, chocolate also provides a small amount of protein. The nutrient accounts for about 4 percent of the calorie profile, according to nutritionix.com.
Beyond these nutrients, dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants that help to protect tissues against cancer, coronary heart disease and inflammation, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Chocolate and Protein Make a Great, Better-for-You-Snack
Given the great taste and nutritional benefits of dark chocolate and protein, it’s no surprise that busy, active people increasingly seek these ingredients to enhance the nutritional value of snacks.
Responding to this demand, some food manufacturers are experimenting with protein-fortified chocolate as a food ingredient. Food scientists are working to create protein-enriched chocolates that deliver excellent taste and a mouth-feel that is not dry or coarse. Plant-based sources for protein-enhanced chocolate include such options as pea and fava bean. Manufacturers often treat these protein isolates with heat and moisture to support a chocolate-like texture, according to nutritionaloutlook.com.
At Munk Pack, protein and high-quality dark chocolate come together deliciously in our Double Dark Chocolate Protein Cookie. Each moist and chewy cookie not only delivers chocolaty richness, but also 18 grams of plant-based protein for a better-for-you sweet treat. We also use no sugar alcohols, no gluten, no soy, no dairy, no trans fats, and no eggs in any of our snacks.
Learn more about our Protein Cookies and Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes at munkpack.com.
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