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Chocolate vs. Mars — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Chocolate and Mars

  • Mars contains less Iron, and Fiber than Chocolate.
  • Daily need coverage for Iron from Chocolate is 90% higher.
  • Mars has 4 times less Fiber than Chocolate. Chocolate has 7g of Fiber, while Mars has 2g.
  • Mars is lower in Saturated Fat.

Food types used in this article are Chocolate, dark, 45- 59% cacao solids and Candies, MARS SNACKFOOD US, M&M's Crispy Chocolate Candies.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
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Mars
Contains more Iron +832.6%
Contains less Sodium -82.4%
Contains more Calcium +60.7%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 17% 301% 105% 89% 50% 4% 55% 343% 186% 17%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium 27% 33% 0% 0% 0% 18% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Iron +832.6%
Contains less Sodium -82.4%
Contains more Calcium +60.7%

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" charts below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food.
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Mars
Contains more Vitamin A +234%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 3% 11% 0% 0% 7% 12% 14% 18% 10% 0% 29% 0% 21%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Choline Vitamin K 11% 0% 0% 2% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +234%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Mars
Contains more Protein +14%
Contains more Fats +61.9%
Contains more Carbs +18.4%
Contains more Water +75.3%
Contains more Other +35.3%
5% 31% 61% 2%
Protein: 4.88 g
Fats: 31.28 g
Carbs: 61.17 g
Water: 0.97 g
Other: 1.7 g
4% 19% 72% 2% 2%
Protein: 4.28 g
Fats: 19.32 g
Carbs: 72.4 g
Water: 1.7 g
Other: 2.3 g
Contains more Protein +14%
Contains more Fats +61.9%
Contains more Carbs +18.4%
Contains more Water +75.3%
Contains more Other +35.3%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Mars
Contains less Saturated Fat -37.1%
64% 33% 4%
Saturated Fat: 18.519 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 9.54 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.092 g
100%
Saturated Fat: 11.651 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0 g
Contains less Saturated Fat -37.1%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the rightmost column. It displays the amounts side by side, giving a clearer understanding of the difference.
Chocolate Mars
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Glycemic Index ok
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in price Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chocolate Mars Opinion
Net carbs 54.17g 70.4g Mars
Protein 4.88g 4.28g Chocolate
Fats 31.28g 19.32g Chocolate
Carbs 61.17g 72.4g Mars
Calories 546kcal 475kcal Chocolate
Sugar 47.9g 58.94g Chocolate
Fiber 7g 2g Chocolate
Calcium 56mg 90mg Mars
Iron 8.02mg 0.86mg Chocolate
Magnesium 146mg Chocolate
Phosphorus 206mg Chocolate
Potassium 559mg Chocolate
Sodium 24mg 136mg Chocolate
Zinc 2.01mg Chocolate
Copper 1.028mg Chocolate
Manganese 1.419mg Chocolate
Selenium 3µg Chocolate
Vitamin A 50IU 167IU Mars
Vitamin A RAE 2µg Chocolate
Vitamin E 0.54mg Chocolate
Vitamin C 0.5mg Mars
Vitamin B1 0.025mg Chocolate
Vitamin B2 0.05mg Chocolate
Vitamin B3 0.725mg Chocolate
Vitamin B5 0.297mg Chocolate
Vitamin B6 0.042mg Chocolate
Vitamin B12 0.23µg Chocolate
Vitamin K 8.1µg Chocolate
Cholesterol 8mg 12mg Chocolate
Trans Fat 0.112g 0.131g Chocolate
Saturated Fat 18.519g 11.651g Mars
Omega-3 - EPA 0.001g Chocolate
Monounsaturated Fat 9.54g Chocolate
Polyunsaturated fat 1.092g Chocolate
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.001g Chocolate
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 0.947g Chocolate
Omega-3 - ALA 0.085g Chocolate

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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ok
is better in case of low diet
Chocolate Mars
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low Glycemic Index diet ok

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Vitamins & Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score

The summary scores indicate the extent to which this food can fulfill your daily vitamin and mineral requirements if you consume 3 servings, consisting of 100 grams of each (an approximation of 3 serving sizes).
Vitamins Daily Need Coverage Score
9%
Chocolate
1%
Mars
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
116%
Chocolate
8%
Mars

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Mars
Mars is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 6.868g)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Chocolate
Chocolate is lower in Sugar (difference - 11.04g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Chocolate
Chocolate contains less Sodium (difference - 112mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Chocolate
Chocolate is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 4mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Chocolate
Chocolate is lower in glycemic index (difference - 39)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Chocolate
Chocolate is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Chocolate
Chocolate is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($2)

References

All the values for which the sources are not specified explicitly are taken from FDA’s Food Central. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Chocolate - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170271/nutrients
  2. Mars - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168814/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000-calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.