I normally have a shelf in our pantry at home filled with chocolate products of all kinds. I grab what appeals to me each morning to munch on my drive to work. But I’ve decided to stop this bad habit and so, rather than restock the shelf this month, I’ve simply been finishing what’s up there.
Today, I grabbed a large Hershey’s milk chocolate bar. By large, I mean 4.4 ounces, the kind with big blocks of chocolate. Looking at the wrapper, I was surprised to see this bar contains 660 calories. Now that’s not an insignificant amount of calories. A normal adult male needs about 2100 calories to maintain his weight, so this is nearly a third of the requirement. Not the same as a healthy breakfast.
Of course the nutritional info got worse as I kept reading. The bar has 66 grams of sugar (at 4.2 grams to a teaspoon – 15 teaspoons of sugar), 36 grams of fat, 21 grams of saturated fat and 69 grams of carbs. Good thing there are no more of these on my shelf.
These bars aren’t really sold as a single-serve product but they can turn into that if you get lost in mindless munching. Don’t do what I did this morning and eat the entire bar in one sitting. Not one of my smarter decisions.
Editor’s Note: John left the blog in December 2012. As is apparent from the above he had issues with food. He had to have an angioplasty in August of 2012 to clear up an 80 percent blockage in the artery leading to his heart. Clearly, eating an entire large Hershey bar on the way to work is not a healthy way to start the day and can lead to the worst possible health results.