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Dark Chocolate v Salted Peanuts

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Postby Snorvey » January 24th, 2018, 10:41 am

Just about my only vice these days is chocolate. Not even expensive chocolate, just cheap n cheerful Tesco own brand dark choc.

....but I'm worried about sugar intake. Sugar is the devil we're told.

Through the day I eat sparingly and properly, it's just the evening that kills me (and I can't help it) - and that's probably the worst time to eat sugary snacks.

I quite like salted peanuts though and comparing the backs of the packets they seem to be a better option.(note, I'm not saying they are a healthy option, just a healthier option.

So, for 100g

................Choc...............Peanuts

Energy......544kcal..............614kcal (One nil to Choc - just!)
Fat..........30.4g.................51g......(Two nil to choc)
Saturates...18.5g................8.1g.....(Two - one choc)
Carbs........60g..................5.6g.....(two all)
Sugars.......51.00g..............5.1g.....(3-2 peanuts)
Fibre........3.5g.................8.5g.....(4-2 peanuts (more fibre is good, right?))
Protein......5.8g.................30g.....(5-2 peanuts)
Salt..........0.1g.................1.3g.....(5-3 peanuts)

With regard to the calories, I can easily eat 100g of chocolate. I fact I have to stop myself from eating the whole 150g bar sometimes, whereas peanuts, well it's only a fraction of that amount before I'm feeling full. And they're so small you can pick away at them for ages and barely make a dent in the bag. Also, peanuts don't digest so well in your system do they? I'm pretty sure all of the worst of the choc ends up in my body, but peanuts, maybe not so much.

Any thoughts

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Re: Dark Chocolate v Salted Peanuts

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Postby FredBloggs » January 24th, 2018, 10:48 am

Yes, I have thoughts, indeed. Firstly, I think you should perhaps look at the types of fats in the two products, I don't know, but I suspect the fats in the chocolate are considerably less natural and much more highly processed than in the nuts. I don't agree to the conventional wisdom that fat is bad for you. To my mind, fat is just fine in your diet as long as it is as natural as possible and none of this hydrogenated or trans fat rubbish we have all been eating.

Secondly - Why not try chocolate coated peanuts? Best of both worlds, perhaps :?:

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Re: Dark Chocolate v Salted Peanuts

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Postby Watis » January 24th, 2018, 10:53 am

My choice of healthy(er) snack at the moment is Tesco's own brand mix of raw peanuts, raisins and chocolate coated (raw) peanuts.

So, little or no salt or fat and much less sugar.

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Re: Dark Chocolate v Salted Peanuts

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Postby ReformedCharacter » January 24th, 2018, 10:54 am

Peanuts are good for you in reasonable moderation but excess salt probably not. I eat a lot of these:

https://www.healthysupplies.co.uk/peanu ... t-1kg.html

They're roasted and pretty much like your ordinary peanut but with no added fats, flavourings or salt. Not expensive either!

RC

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Re: Dark Chocolate v Salted Peanuts

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Postby Dod101 » January 24th, 2018, 11:29 am

The trouble with nuts is that they get into my teeth and I then spend the rest of the evening with a toothpick.

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Re: Dark Chocolate v Salted Peanuts

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Postby Snorvey » January 24th, 2018, 11:31 am

Dod101 wrote:The trouble with nuts is that they get into my teeth and I then spend the rest of the evening with a toothpick.

Dod


Can't you just run them under the tap?

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Re: Dark Chocolate v Salted Peanuts

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Postby Dod101 » January 24th, 2018, 11:44 am

Cheeky!

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Re: Dark Chocolate v Salted Peanuts

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Postby bungeejumper » January 24th, 2018, 5:27 pm

Nuts will always make you feel full more quickly than chocolate, because that's what high protein foods do. The trick is to stop yourself from wolfing down the whole bag of peanuts, because the salt will make you want to pig more and more of it. Maybe try (a) buying smaller bags or (b) if your self-discipline's up to it, buy the nuts in quantity and bag It up yourself?

Disclaimer: I don't have a chocolate problem, so I don't understand its attraction - it always makes me feel really s-l-o-w and h-e-a-v-y in a way that other sweet things don't. And even a little bit depressed, perhaps. I'd rather have something savoury any day. (And no, I don't have diabetes.) So take the following with a pinch of, errrrm, any condiment of your choosing:

The sat fats in the choccy are a worry, and so is the sugar. But is the much higher protein content in the peanuts bad for you?

First, an uncomfortable fact that's widely agreed. Too much protein in your diet will screw up your kidneys, big time. And there's a traditional view that you should limit your daily protein intake to 0.36 grammes per pound of body weight (around 0.8 grammes per kilo). In theory, that means that if you weigh 200 pounds you shouldn't eat more than 72 grammes of protein in a day - and effing heck, your bag of nuts has just given you 30 grammes! (That's about the same as a chicken breast, BTW.)

There is, however, an alternative emerging view that says this 0.36 grammes thing is bollox. And that the scientists who calculated it, all those years ago, were basing their sums not on the maximum dose, but the minimum - i.e., the replacement amount that your body needs to keep going if you're lying in bed and not moving a muscle for exercise. Less than that, and you'll die eventually. And that, for a normal person who's reasonably active, there's nothing wrong with 120-150 grammes of protein a day. Body builders can go beyond 200 grammes a day, apparently.

Which story do you believe? If you're on a high protein/low carb diet like me, you'll prefer the second one. If you'd rather stick to your choccy, then who am I to say that it's wrong? But everything in proportion, eh?

BJ


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