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Chocolate vs. Milk — In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Chocolate and Milk

  • Chocolate has more Copper, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Fiber, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Potassium, however, Milk has more Vitamin B2.
  • Daily need coverage for Copper from Chocolate is 113% higher.
  • Milk is lower in Saturated Fat.

Food types used in this article are Chocolate, dark, 45- 59% cacao solids and Milk, lowfat, fluid, 1% milkfat, with added vitamin A and vitamin D.

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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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Milk
Contains more Iron +26633.3%
Contains more Magnesium +1227.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +116.8%
Contains more Potassium +272.7%
Contains less Sodium -45.5%
Contains more Zinc +378.6%
Contains more Copper +10180%
Contains more Manganese +47200%
Contains more Calcium +123.2%
Equal in Selenium - 3.3
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 38% 2% 8% 41% 14% 6% 12% 4% 1% 18%
Contains more Iron +26633.3%
Contains more Magnesium +1227.3%
Contains more Phosphorus +116.8%
Contains more Potassium +272.7%
Contains less Sodium -45.5%
Contains more Zinc +378.6%
Contains more Copper +10180%
Contains more Manganese +47200%
Contains more Calcium +123.2%
Equal in Selenium - 3.3

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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Milk
Contains more Vitamin E +5300%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +25%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +679.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +13.5%
Contains more Vitamin K +8000%
Contains more Vitamin A +292%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +270%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +21.5%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +104.3%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 3% 11% 0% 0% 7% 12% 14% 18% 10% 0% 29% 21%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 12% 1% 36% 0% 5% 43% 2% 22% 9% 4% 59% 1%
Contains more Vitamin E +5300%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +25%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +679.6%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +13.5%
Contains more Vitamin K +8000%
Contains more Vitamin A +292%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +270%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +21.5%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +104.3%

Macronutrient Comparison

Macronutrient breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Milk
Contains more Protein +44.8%
Contains more Fats +3124.7%
Contains more Carbs +1125.9%
Contains more Other +126.7%
Contains more Water +9170.1%
5% 31% 61% 2%
Protein: 4.88 g
Fats: 31.28 g
Carbs: 61.17 g
Water: 0.97 g
Other: 1.7 g
3% 5% 90%
Protein: 3.37 g
Fats: 0.97 g
Carbs: 4.99 g
Water: 89.92 g
Other: 0.75 g
Contains more Protein +44.8%
Contains more Fats +3124.7%
Contains more Carbs +1125.9%
Contains more Other +126.7%
Contains more Water +9170.1%

Fat Type Comparison

Fat type breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Milk
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +3344%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +3020%
Contains less Saturated Fat -96.6%
64% 33% 4%
Saturated Fat: 18.519 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 9.54 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.092 g
67% 29% 4%
Saturated Fat: 0.633 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.277 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.035 g
Contains more Monounsaturated Fat +3344%
Contains more Polyunsaturated fat +3020%
Contains less Saturated Fat -96.6%

Carbohydrate type comparison

Carbohydrate type breakdown side-by-side comparison
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Milk
Contains more Sucrose +∞%
Contains more Lactose +215.2%
97% 3%
Starch: 0 g
Sucrose: 46.25 g
Glucose: 0 g
Fructose: 0 g
Lactose: 1.65 g
Maltose: 0 g
Galactose: 0 g
100%
Starch: 0 g
Sucrose: 0 g
Glucose: 0 g
Fructose: 0 g
Lactose: 5.2 g
Maltose: 0 g
Galactose: 0 g
Contains more Sucrose +∞%
Contains more Lactose +215.2%

Comparison summary table

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Chocolate Milk Opinion
Net carbs 54.17g 4.99g Chocolate
Protein 4.88g 3.37g Chocolate
Fats 31.28g 0.97g Chocolate
Carbs 61.17g 4.99g Chocolate
Calories 546kcal 42kcal Chocolate
Sugar 47.9g 5.2g Milk
Fiber 7g 0g Chocolate
Calcium 56mg 125mg Milk
Iron 8.02mg 0.03mg Chocolate
Magnesium 146mg 11mg Chocolate
Phosphorus 206mg 95mg Chocolate
Potassium 559mg 150mg Chocolate
Sodium 24mg 44mg Chocolate
Zinc 2.01mg 0.42mg Chocolate
Copper 1.028mg 0.01mg Chocolate
Manganese 1.419mg 0.003mg Chocolate
Selenium 3µg 3.3µg Milk
Vitamin A 50IU 196IU Milk
Vitamin A RAE 2µg 58µg Milk
Vitamin E 0.54mg 0.01mg Chocolate
Vitamin D 48IU Milk
Vitamin D 1.2µg Milk
Vitamin B1 0.025mg 0.02mg Chocolate
Vitamin B2 0.05mg 0.185mg Milk
Vitamin B3 0.725mg 0.093mg Chocolate
Vitamin B5 0.297mg 0.361mg Milk
Vitamin B6 0.042mg 0.037mg Chocolate
Folate 5µg Milk
Vitamin B12 0.23µg 0.47µg Milk
Vitamin K 8.1µg 0.1µg Chocolate
Tryptophan 0.043mg Milk
Threonine 0.143mg Milk
Isoleucine 0.174mg Milk
Leucine 0.319mg Milk
Lysine 0.282mg Milk
Methionine 0.088mg Milk
Phenylalanine 0.174mg Milk
Valine 0.22mg Milk
Histidine 0.101mg Milk
Cholesterol 8mg 5mg Milk
Trans Fat 0.112g Milk
Saturated Fat 18.519g 0.633g Milk
Omega-3 - EPA 0.001g 0g Chocolate
Monounsaturated Fat 9.54g 0.277g Chocolate
Polyunsaturated fat 1.092g 0.035g Chocolate
Omega-6 - Eicosadienoic acid 0.001g Chocolate
Omega-6 - Linoleic acid 0.947g 0.027g Chocolate
Omega-3 - ALA 0.085g 0.004g Chocolate

Which food is preferable for your diet?

ok
ok
is better in case of low diet
Chocolate Milk
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
10%
Chocolate
16%
Milk
Minerals Daily Need Coverage Score
116%
Chocolate
14%
Milk

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Sugar?
Milk
Milk is lower in Sugar (difference - 42.7g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Milk
Milk is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 3mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Milk
Milk is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 17.886g)
Which food is cheaper?
Milk
Milk is cheaper (difference - $1.4)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Chocolate
Chocolate contains less Sodium (difference - 20mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Chocolate
Chocolate is lower in glycemic index (difference - 8)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Chocolate
Chocolate is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Chocolate - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170271/nutrients
  2. Milk - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170872/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.