CocoaVia might be "good to your heart," but it will make you gain weight
This Washington Post column about a new heart-healthy line of chocolate candy bars neglects to mention that these highly-touted health snack foods still contain lots of weight-busting sugar in them that will sabotage any weight loss program!
The famous Mars company is going to release an entire line of so-called healthy dark chocolate bar called CocoaVia in March, including Original, Crispy and Blueberry & Almond Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Covered Almonds, and Chocolate, Chocolate Almond, and Chocolate Blueberry Snack Bars.
This is from the same company that makes such rat poison...er, I mean, sugary candy products as Milky Way, Snickers and M&M's. I guess this new line of chocolate is supposed to remove the years of guilt they have for helping contribute to the obesity problem. Ya think?
What makes these chocolate products so healthy, according to the manufacturers? Flavanols in the cocoa beans that lower your blood pressure. They also enrich the bars with vitamins and other health-boosting ingredients.
But does this make the CocoaVia bars "healthy?" Let's look at the nutritional information label to find out.
The Original CocoaVia Chocolate Bar has 12g carbohydrates with 2g dietary fiber for a net carb count of 10g. Of that total NINE GRAMS is SUGAR!!! When you read the ingredients list, look what comes in second behind chocolate -- it's SUGAR!!! This thing is loaded with it! While there is only 6g fat in this bar, the high sugar content concerns me, especially from a bar that purports to be "healthy." Everyone knows it is sugar, not fat that has led to the rising obesity rates.
Why couldn't Mars use some sort of sugar substitute to sweeten their healthy chocolate instead? Whether it is Splenda, a good sugar alcohol such as erithyritol, or even oligofructose like what is used in ChocoPerfection bars and GoLower bars.
They could, but they chose not to because they don't really care about your health. They only want to fool you into believing that they care about your health so you will shell out the big bucks for these new candy bars. It's another gimmick and you really shouldn't fall for it.
Don't misunderstand me, though. I'm not saying don't eat chocolate on your low-carb lifestyle. What I AM saying is make good choices about what KIND of chocolate you put in your mouth and you will reap all the same benefits that this new "healthy" chocolate has without the unnecessary sugar you don't need when you are trying to lose weight.
Rather than wasting your money on a product like CocoaVia which you KNOW has unhealthy sugar in it, try eating any of THESE genuinely healthy chocolate bars that are sugar-free and delicious:
Asher's Sugar-Free Chocolate Bars
Ross Chocolates No Sugar Added Bars
MiniCarb Sugar-Free Chocolate Bars
The Chocolate Traveler Sugar-Free Chocolate Wedges
Sorbee Zero Sugar Solid 3.5 oz. Chocolate Bars
3 oz. Doctor's CarbRite Sugar-Free Chocolate Bars
Chocolate Dreams & Wishes
ChocoPerfection Chocolate Bars
ANY of the dark chocolate versions of the above products would be an excellent addition to your healthy low-carb lifestyle and would be a MUCH BETTER alternative than the sugar-laden CocoaVia bars.
If I had to give up chocolate forever, then I think I'd go completely bonkers! Enjoy the luxurious taste of chocolate that you adore and give up eating all that sugar you abhor!
Of course, when CocoaVia bombs financially in a couple of year after it doesn't sell as well as Mars expects it to, the headlines will read, "Americans don't care about eating healthy chocolate" YADDA YADDA YADDA! It's coming, but you know better, don't you?
You can make chocolate a part of low-carb living as long as you steer clear of the sugar! ENJOY!