Kit Kat is a long time family favourite but the chocolate bar has recently experienced a shake up of nutritional content. There are two products that are now advertised as 'healthier', namely Kit Kat bars and dark chocolate.
Kit Kat bars contain less sugar than they did before and contain considerably less fat than their original bar did. These changes, according to recent reviews, have not been enough to satisfy the increasing consumer demand for reduced sugar and fat. As a result Kit Kat makers have been forced to reconsider the nutritional content of their product.
Dark chocolate is a natural source of flavonoids and other antioxidants and is lower in calories and fat than white chocolate. Because it contains fewer calories and lower amounts of fat than white chocolate, dark chocolate can help you lose weight faster. It is also much lower in sugar than chocolate.
Dark chocolate also contains more fibre than sugar-sweetened chocolate and lowers blood pressure. This may be why the company discontinued using the 'healthy' tag on their bars: according to reviews, there is no clear evidence that the weight-loss benefits are not associated with the replacement of sugar with real cocoa butter.
The question is whether a piece of dark chocolate, if eaten, will harm you. Is there any evidence to suggest that a piece of dark chocolate is different from a piece of chocolate that has sugar? In short, the answer is no.
If you eat chocolate, you can expect to feel the same health benefits as if you had consumed the equivalent amount of sugar or starch. Starchy foods will make you gain weight, whereas sugar will make you feel full but increase your appetite.
Starch contains more calories than sugar andit also creates a feeling of hunger, because it does not suppress the desire to eat. By contrast, when you consume sugar, it gives your body a signal to release insulin to raise your blood sugar. This is how the body gets its energy.
Sugar also feeds your appetite. Eating sweets will cause you to eat more, thereby increasing your appetite. Sugar does not cause weight loss, nor does the resultant weight gain.
However, Kit Kat bars do contain fewer calories and less fat than their original bar. Therefore, if you do not want to risk losing weight because of the chocolate, then you should not eat one of the new Kit Kat products.
Another problem with Kit Kat is that it contains the maximum amount of sugar possible. Sugar contains empty calories and is only converted to energy by the body if you take in food and drink liquids. By contrast, chocolate provides a satisfying treat because it contains carbohydrates and proteins.
Chocolate is a source of energy. When it is eaten, it stimulates the release of the hormone, 'leptin'. This reduces the levels of hunger.
The other question is whether the sugars and simple carbohydrates, which Kit Kat contains, can affect your overall health. They are not good for your heart and liver. Therefore, when you choose to eat a Kit Kat, you should make sure that you have an alternative option.