Should I Eat Less Chocolate? Costco Love Crunch

Regular readers know that I ride my bike an average of 20 miles a day which covers a multitude of sins at the table. A 20 mile bike ride burns over 1000 calories a day, or about 50 percent more than the 2000 I need to maintain my 150 pound body weight.

Because of that 1000 calorie ‘buffer’ until recently I had been enjoying a Hershey’s with Almonds bar most evenings.

Here is the nutrition breakdown for that Hershey’s with Almonds bar:
Calories 210
Total Fat 14 grams
Saturated Fat 6 grams
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 25 mg
Carbs 21 grams
Sugar 19 grams
Fiber 2 grams
Protein 4 grams

As you can see, this isn’t horrible as far as nutrition is concerned, particularly in view of the 1000 calorie buffer. But, six grams of saturated fat isn’t great and the 19 grams of sugar amounts to almost 5 teaspoons full (4.2 grams/tsp).

I just woke up one morning and thought I could live without that fat and sugar in my life. I don’t know how bad my arterial plaque build up is, but seems it couldn’t hurt to decrease it.

If you have been thinking about cutting back on chocolate let me suggest what I am doing. When I get the urge for that chocolate in the evening, instead of ‘white knuckling’ it and just doing without the chocolate, I substitute something close. I wrote about Love Crunch chocolate granola last month.

I have a little bowlful of Love Crunch without milk instead of the Hershey’s bar. Granola instead of a Hershey bar. Sounds good to me.

Here is the nutritional breakdown on Love Crunch:
Calories 140
Total Fat 6 grams
Saturated Fat 1 gram
Cholesterol none
Sodium 55 mg
Carbs 21 grams
Sugar 6 grams
Fiber 2 grams
Protein 2 grams

A quick comparison shows that I am saving 70 calories on balance, cutting way back on the total fat, sat fat and sugar. I think this is a good nutritional bargain.

Whether Love Crunch works for you or not, if you are thinking about cutting back on your chocolate consumption, perhaps you can find a different substitute. Another way to cut back would be for me to cut back literally and just eat half of the bar instead of the entire bar. That would still give me the taste without the total impact of fats and sugar.

As always please feel free to share your ideas and/or experience.

I have just had a cholesterol reading and my total cholesterol declined to 173 from around 200 previously. My HDL (good cholesterol) remained at 78. Don’t know if that decline in total is because of the switch or not, but I am happy about it.


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