Granola vs. Bittersweet Chocolate

Nutrition comparison of Granola and Bittersweet Chocolate


Ever wonder how your favorite foods stack up against each other in terms of nutrition?

We compared the nutritional contents of granola versus bittersweet chocolate (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in granola and bittersweet chocolate:

  • Both bittersweet chocolate and granola are high in calcium, calories, dietary fiber, iron, potassium and protein.
  • Bittersweet chocolate has signficantly less sugar than granola.
  • Granola has more thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 and folate.
  • Granola is an excellent source of Vitamin E.
Detailed nutritional comparison of granola and bittersweet chocolate is analyzed below. You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.

USDA sources for nutritional information: Granola (Cereals ready-to-eat, granola, homemade) and Bittersweet Chocolate (Baking chocolate, unsweetened, squares) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Both bittersweet chocolate and granola are high in calories. Bittersweet chocolate has 31% more calories than granola - bittersweet chocolate has 642 calories per 100 grams and granola has 489 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, granola is much heavier in carbs, much lighter in fat and similar to bittersweet chocolate for protein. Granola has a macronutrient ratio of 11:44:45 and for bittersweet chocolate, 9:18:73 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Granola Bittersweet Chocolate
Protein 11% 9%
Carbohydrates 44% 18%
Fat 45% 73%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Granola is high in carbohydrates and bittersweet chocolate has 47% less carbohydrates than granola - bittersweet chocolate has 28.4g of total carbs per 100 grams and granola has 53.9g of carbohydrates.

dietary fiber

Both bittersweet chocolate and granola are high in dietary fiber. Bittersweet chocolate has 87% more dietary fiber than granola - bittersweet chocolate has 16.6g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and granola has 8.9g of dietary fiber.

sugar

Bittersweet chocolate has signficantly less sugar than granola - bittersweet chocolate has 0.91g of sugar per 100 grams and granola has 19.8g of sugar.

Protein

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Both bittersweet chocolate and granola are high in protein. Bittersweet chocolate has a little more protein (5%) than granola by weight - bittersweet chocolate has 14.3g of protein per 100 grams and granola has 13.7g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Bittersweet chocolate is high in saturated fat and granola has 88% less saturated fat than bittersweet chocolate - bittersweet chocolate has 32.3g of saturated fat per 100 grams and granola has 4g of saturated fat.

trans fat

Both granola and bittersweet chocolate are low in trans fat - granola has 0.02g of trans fat per 100 grams and bittersweet chocolate does not contain significant amounts.

cholesterol

Both bittersweet chocolate and granola are low in cholesterol - bittersweet chocolate has 2mg of cholesterol per 100 grams and granola does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Granola has more Vitamin C than bittersweet chocolate - granola has 1.2mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and bittersweet chocolate does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin A

Granola and bittersweet chocolate contain similar amounts of Vitamin A - granola has 1ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and bittersweet chocolate does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin E

Granola is an excellent source of Vitamin E and it has 26 times more Vitamin E than bittersweet chocolate - bittersweet chocolate has 0.4mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and granola has 11.1mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Bittersweet chocolate and granola contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - bittersweet chocolate has 9.7ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and granola has 5.3ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

Granola has more thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 and folate. Both granola and bittersweet chocolate contain significant amounts of niacin.

Granola Bittersweet Chocolate
Thiamin 0.548 MG 0.147 MG
Riboflavin 0.354 MG 0.1 MG
Niacin 2.739 MG 1.355 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.752 MG 0.168 MG
Vitamin B6 0.37 MG 0.027 MG
Folate 84 UG 28 UG

Minerals

calcium

Both bittersweet chocolate and granola are high in calcium. Bittersweet chocolate has 33% more calcium than granola - bittersweet chocolate has 101mg of calcium per 100 grams and granola has 76mg of calcium.

iron

Both bittersweet chocolate and granola are high in iron. Bittersweet chocolate has 341% more iron than granola - bittersweet chocolate has 17.4mg of iron per 100 grams and granola has 4mg of iron.

potassium

Both bittersweet chocolate and granola are high in potassium. Bittersweet chocolate has 54% more potassium than granola - bittersweet chocolate has 830mg of potassium per 100 grams and granola has 539mg of potassium.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

carotenoids

Carotenoids are micronutrients commonly found in plants and some animal products. An example is beta-carotene, the notable carotenoid which is a popular source of Vitamin A.[4][5]

For specific types of carotenoids,

Granola Bittersweet Chocolate
beta-carotene 11 UG ~
lutein + zeaxanthin 137 UG 38 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, granola has more alpha linoleic acid (ALA) than bittersweet chocolate per 100 grams.

Granola Bittersweet Chocolate
alpha linoleic acid 0.611 G 0.117 G
EPA 0.002 G ~
Total 0.613 G 0.117 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, granola has more linoleic acid than bittersweet chocolate per 100 grams.

Granola Bittersweet Chocolate
other omega 6 0.053 G 0.553 G
linoleic acid 7.194 G 1.435 G
Total 7.247 G 1.988 G



Customize your serving size


The comparison below is by weight, but sometimes 100g isn't that intuitive of a measurement for food. View a custom portion comparison (e.g. cups, oz, package).

You can try adding or subtracting the amount of either Granola or Bittersweet Chocolate .

Note: The specific food items compared are: Granola (Cereals ready-to-eat, granola, homemade) and Bittersweet Chocolate (Baking chocolate, unsweetened, squares) .

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FAQ

Does bittersweet chocolate or granola contain more calories in 100 grams?
Both bittersweet chocolate and granola are high in calories. Bittersweet chocolate has 30% more calories than granola - bittersweet chocolate has 642 calories in 100g and granola has 489 calories.

Does bittersweet chocolate or granola have more carbohydrates?
By weight, granola is high in carbohydrates and bittersweet chocolate has 50% fewer carbohydrates than granola - bittersweet chocolate has 28.4g of carbs for 100g and granola has 53.9g of carbohydrates.

Does bittersweet chocolate or granola contain more calcium?
Both bittersweet chocolate and granola are high in calcium. Bittersweet chocolate has 30% more calcium than granola - bittersweet chocolate has 101mg of calcium in 100 grams and granola has 76mg of calcium.

Does bittersweet chocolate or granola contain more iron?
Both bittersweet chocolate and granola are high in iron. Bittersweet chocolate has 340% more iron than granola - bittersweet chocolate has 17.4mg of iron in 100 grams and granola has 4mg of iron.

Does bittersweet chocolate or granola contain more potassium?
Both bittersweet chocolate and granola are high in potassium. Bittersweet chocolate has 50% more potassium than granola - bittersweet chocolate has 830mg of potassium in 100 grams and granola has 539mg of potassium.

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