What You Need to Know About Chocolate Chips Nutrition

These sweet little morsels can be healthy if you choose the dark variety.
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In 1939, Ruth Wakefield, who ran the Toll House restaurant in Massachusetts, cut a bar of Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate into tiny pieces and added them to her cookie dough, according to the Nestle website. And as you've probably guessed, they were an instant hit!

After noticing the popularity of these cookies, Nestle Toll House introduced its Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Morsels.

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Semisweet chocolate, also known as bittersweet chocolate, is usually about 60 percent cacao and hovers between milk and dark chocolate, taste-wise. It's a great staple to have on hand if you like baking chocolatey desserts.

Here's everything you need to know about the sugar and calories in chocolate chips, and whether they're healthy.

Semisweet Chocolate Chips Nutrition

One tablespoon of chocolate chips is equal to a single serving and contains the following, according to the USDA:

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  • Calories: 80
  • Total fat: 4 g
    • Saturated fat: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Total carbohydrates: 10 g
    • Fiber: 1 g
    • Sugar: 8 g
  • Protein: 1 g

Half of the calories in chocolate chips come from carbs, most notably, sugar. Per tablespoon, there are 8 grams of sugar in chocolate chips. The rest of the calories come from fat (45 percent) and protein (5 percent).

Nestle Chocolate Chips Nutrition

One tablespoon of Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips contain:

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  • Calories: 70
  • Total fat: 4 g
    • Saturated fat: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Total carbohydrates: 9 g
    • Fiber: <1 g
    • Sugar: 8 g
  • Protein: <1 g

The calories in Nestle chocolate chips mostly come from sugar, then fat, then protein.

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Nestle Milk Chocolate Chips Nutrition

One tablespoon of Nestle milk chocolate chips contain:

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  • Calories: 70
  • Total fat: 4 g
    • Saturated fat: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Total carbohydrates: 9 g
    • Fiber: <1 g
    • Sugar: 8 g
  • Protein: <1 g

Unlike semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate contains nonfat milk in its recipe, therefore creating a creamier, milder taste.

Are Chocolate Chips Healthy?

All chocolates, except white chocolate, contain flavanols from the cocoa that are linked to heart health and a lower risk of stroke and heart attacks, according to the Mayo Clinic.

However, it's important to read labels carefully to ensure you are selecting the best quality semisweet or dark chocolates. Sugar content alone is not enough to go on, as all chocolate chips contain sugars.

Look for labeling that states the percentage of total cacao content in the chocolate. The higher the percentage, the darker the chocolate — and the better it is for you.

Tip

Ideally, pick chocolate chips that are 70 percent cocoa or more.

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